Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A T. Keller Donovan Decorated Home Hits the Market in Palm Beach!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you are enjoying the last of the holiday season! We have been visiting my parents in Texas... and battling the flu. Ughl! Sadly, I spent most of our trip in bed, which gave me plenty of time to stalk social media and the MLS... It seems half of the people I follow on Instagram are in sunny Palm Beach right now, and I have found the perfect Palm Beach house for sale. Decorated by renowned designer T. Keller Donovan, this 1926 Mediterranean home is located on one of the coveted in-town Sea Streets.  Let's escape to the Sunshine State and check it out!

Isn't it gorgeous?! This home is just under 4,000 square feet and features six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. It is listed for $4.95M. You may recall this spring Donovan's very own West Palm Beach was for sale, and in May, House Beautiful featured a gorgeous Palm Beach condo he decorated. I am such a huge fan of his work!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Candy Shop Vintage Christmas

If you are still looking for a perfect and unique Christmas gift for that special someone, be sure to check out Candy Shop Vintage. After years of collecting and selling vintage jewelry, Charleston, SC-based designer Deirdre Zahl launched her own vintage inspired jewelry line, The Candy Shop Collection.

Side note... not only does Deirdre share my love for all things vintage, but she also loves all things Palm Beach Chic, including Carleton Varney's famed Brazillance wallpaper!

Deirdre developed an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage jewelry while working in fashion and design in New York. She has amassed an impressive collection of vintage jewelry, primarily made in the United States from the 1950s through the 1980s. Her pieces have even been featured on the hit show Mad Men!

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks wearing a vintage brooch and earrings from Candy Shop Vintage.

However, the blessing and the curse of vintage is that it tends to be one of a kind, so once it's gone... it's gone. This led Deirdre to start her own line, inspired by her vintage collection and drawing upon the practices of old-school jewelry houses... all made in the U.S. Here are a few of my favorite things from her current collection...

I love this necklace so much, it has become one of my signature pieces. I get a TON of compliments every time I wear it. It is quite the conversations piece! I also happened to score the vintage 1960s belt that inspired this set at an estate sale.  Elephants do indeed bring good luck!

These necklaces were inspired by a 1970s runway piece, and the matching Asian inspired earrings are designed around the Lu - a Chinese symbol for prosperity. 

This matches the Lu Tassel earrings and layers beautifully with the Crescent necklace. 

This Egyptian inspired collection is on sale! 

I absolutely love the story behind these Charleston Rice Beads, and I don't think any visit to the Holy City is complete without purchasing a strand... or two or three. Of course, you can also shop them online here!

These limited edition earrings are handmade from vintage beads with 14K gold plate.

I never met a tassel I didn't like, and this whimsical necklace, based on a vintage 1970s piece, has timeless appeal.

For more vintage inspired baubles and goodies, please visit Candy Shop Vintage. The Collection is also sold at specialty events, select retail boutiques, and debuted at trunk shows at Bloomingdale's and at Henri Bendel in New York. Deirdre's vintage collection is available exclusively through One Kings Lane.

Deirdre lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband John and daughter Daphne. And by the way, her design talent is not limited to jewelry... check out her precious baby girl's nursery, featured by Apartment Therapy!

Daphne's nursery, via Apartment Therapy

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Whimsical Palm Beach Home by Kemble Interiors

One thing I love about Palm Beach design is that it always embraces its playful side, providing a whimsical escape amongst the sunshine and sea breeze. People aren't afraid to be original here, and "irreverence is appreciated" says Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors.  When it comes to Palm Beach style, no one creates the quintessential look quite Kemble Interiors.  I have covered them frequently on my blog, and I was thrilled when I saw their latest work featured in the December/January 2015 of House Beautiful. Let's take a look at this winter Palm Beach escape designed by Ms. McMakin and her business partner Ashley Sharpe!

In the dining room, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman chairs in Schumacher's Hampton Court Diamond surround a hand-carved teak table made in India. Curtains in Blithfield's Beasties from Lee Jofa.

A tropical landscape fantasy is painted on the walls — as if viewed from a bougainvillea-draped porch — complete with an applied wood railing and faux columns. Wall sconce, John Rosselli.

The expansive living room is glazed a "juicy cantaloupe color that makes everyone smile," Ashley Sharpe says. Even the coffered ceiling subtly picks up the tropical punch. Carved cane sofas add "classic Caribbean style, and there's nothing sexier than masculine dark wood in a room with this much white." Sofa cushions in Perennials' durable Ishi can stand up to the family poodle's muddy paws. The fireplace is made of Dominican coral stone, and the painting over the inlaid chest is by Palm Beach artist Orville Bulman. O. Henry House armchair with pillow in Pindler & Pindler's Jefferson. Quatrefoil floor lamp by Suzanne Kasler for Circa Lighting. Ankara table lamp by Vaughan.

In the entrance hall, an arrangement of porcelain on a British Colonial–style table becomes a lesson in display: Various shapes and sizes of ginger jars all go together when they're all blue and white.

McMakin calls the entry's sofa, covered in China Seas' Arbre de Matisse, "a love loveseat" — it's so small, two people will sit there only if they're in love. The walls are covered in Carleton V's Plantation and trimmed in Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise. Sisal runner, Stark.

The headboards on the hand-turned beds in a guest room are upholstered in Kravet's Samaria for more island flavor. Jane wallpaper by Hinson from Brunschwig & Fils. Sconces, Alexa Hampton for Circa Lighting with custom cane shades.

The "wow" effect of Cowtan & Tout's Bamboo wallpaper is heightened by applied bamboo trim that frames a guest bedroom and extends onto the ceiling. Matouk bed linens and curtains in Norbar's Ozone add the "luxury of white," McMakin says. Floor lamp, Jamie Young. Cassard bookcase, Starbay. Carpet, Comeran.  Lee Jofa's Polynesia adds a touch of the exotic to the armchair.

Detail from above... bamboo window casings mimic traditional English molding.

The master bedroom catches the breeze from the pool terrace, and its fresh, natural palette sprang directly from Raoul Textiles' Martinique — used on the sofa and curtains. The mahogany four-poster bed with sheers in Schumacher's Lucia sits under a cathedral ceiling. Walls covered in Montclair Strie from Peter Fasano harmonize with all the blues, like Lulu DK's Somersault on a desk chair by Baker, and an arm-chair and ottoman in Raoul Textiles' Pineapple Stripe.

Designers Ashley Sharpe (left) and Mimi McMakin in the butler's pantry.

Pillows in China Seas fabrics and Plantation wallpaper from Carleton V on the upstairs landing make for an inviting reading nook.

A powder room near the pool is painted to look like a cabana with a tasseled, tented awning.

The designers had the cast-coquina dining table made for the terrace and circled it with Brown Jordan Calcutta II chairs, the same collection used for the seating area. Cushions are in Sunbrella's Spectrum Sailor.

A chinoiserie pagoda by landscape designer Keith Williams is filled with Brown Jordan furniture that blends into the lattice. "It's an intimate spot where the owner can sit and look back at the house he loves so much," Sharpe says.

"The loggia is quintessential Palm Beach, with traditional rattan furniture, Mizner-style tile, and black iron light fixtures," Sharpe says. Armchairs and sofa from Palecek's President's Collection are brightened with cushions in Sunbrella's Spectrum Sailor. The iron-and-coral-stone coffee table is from S&L Designs. The tile was made specifically for the space "with bits of yellow for contrast, but not too much, because we wanted it to envelop, not shout," McMakin says. The hanging Moroccan plates are from Casa Ceramica.

For more on this gorgeous home and to read an interview with the designers, please visit House Beautiful, or pick up a copy on newsstands. Photography by Melanie Acevedo, captions from House Beautiful. More of Kemble Interior's work can be seen on my blog here, here, here, here, and here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Blue and White (and pink!) Christmas

If you were on Instagram over the weekend, you may have seen this gorgeous vintage decorated tree by LB Originals. I cannot stop swooning! I have my Mom's old silver aluminum tree from the 1960s, and I would love to recreate this look... So in honor of today's December Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda, here we go!

image via LB Originals on Instagram 

To create this look Laurie, who also has the most adorable Etsy paperie shop, started with a silver tabletop tree (you can find a similar vintage tree here, or a new one here) and lots of pink bows. The blue and white Chinoiserie ornaments were purchased through this Instagram shop, or if you are into DYI, you can make them yourself.

You can also purchase these ornaments from Furbish. They are $18 each, and currently 20% off (orders of $75 or more) for Cyber Monday! 
The Staffordshire dog ornaments are vintage, and I cannot find them anywhere! So I would add this adorable tree skirt from Furbish, which also happens to be 20% off for Cyber Monday (don't forget the matching pillows and stockings)!

These blue and white Staffordshire dogs from The Pink Pagoda would be darling on the mantle. 

I have been collecting vintage glass ornaments for years, but you can find these at Chairish, along with these, these, these, and these

These personalized note pads and gift enclosures are from LB Originals, and at just $22 per set would be perfect gifts to place underneath your tree, or Furbish stocking...
Furbish "Southern Charm" Christmas Stocking
$65 - 20% for Cyber Monday! 

For more blue and white inspiration, please head over to The Pink Pagoda's December Blue and White Bash. And if anyone knows where I can find vintage Staffordshire dog ornaments, please let me know! 

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