When a new book titled Palm Beach Chic is released, you know I am going to get excited… Written by long-time Palm Beach resident Jennifer Ash Ruddick, this book has me positively giddy! Palm Beach Chic takes you on an insider’s tour of 25 extraordinary homes and gardens in and around Palm Beach including landmarks by legendary Palm Beach architects Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, and Marion Sims Wyeth. There are also cozy cottages nestled amid tropical foliage, an exotic Moorish casbah, postmodern villas, a sprawling ranch, and Mad Men-era vintage condos.
Jennifer’s lifelong fascination with houses of all kinds began with her first trip to Palm Beach when she was 12 years old. Her family was house hunting, as her mother was soon to become the publisher of the Palm Beach Daily News (aka “The Shiny Sheet”) and her father an editorial writer for the Palm Beach Post. “From my adult perspective today, I realize that Palm Beach was basically what it had always been – the land of dreams come true…” she said. I couldn’t agree more! Palm Beach Chic truly captures the mythic setting of this American paradise.
Let’s step behind the hedges and take a peek inside the homes of notables including Laura and Harry Slatkin, Leonard Lauder, Meg Braff, Liza Pulitzer Calhoun, Mimi McMakin, Pauline Pitt, Lars Bolander, Josie Natori, Lisa Perry, Terry Allen Kramer, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Jorge Sanchez. Photography by Jessica Klewicki Glynn.