Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Sparkling 1920s Palm Beach Villa

This waterfront Palm Beach villa is featured on the front cover of the January/February 2016 issue of Veranda magazine, and I just couldn't wait to share. It was designed by prominent Palm Beach architect John Volk in the 1920s for an heir to the Kroger grocery fortune, and purchased by an American diplomat and his wife nearly 30 years ago. The wife, with her background in design and stints in Europe, worked with architect Thomas Kirchhoff to transform the outdated home with its grand scale and historic importance into a pale blue respite that is breezy, seemingly effortless, and undeniably glamorous.

In the living room, the fireplace is flanked by a Picasso and a Matisse study, as well as William Kent side tables. Walls in a custom color, Donald Kaufman color; end table, Jansen; antique mirror.

The living room offers multiple seating areas for gatherings small and large. A dark-lacquered antique Chinese cabinet, lit from within, holds Roman glass. Above a sofa hangs a huge 17th-century Flemish painting, a phantasmagorical image of nymphs. Floor lamps, Formations; table lamps, Mrs. MacDougall; sisal rug, Stark. 

Chinese vases on floor, Gerald Bland.

A mirrored cabinet glitters amid the dining room's soft, pale hues. Walls paneled in a Raoul Textiles fabric; flatware, Tiffany & Co.

Slipcovers and a breezy print tablecloth offset the dining room's formal touches.

Fanciful prints lend an exotic air. Custom mirror, Markham Roberts; antique chandelier, Bagu├Ęs; wallpaper, Muriel Brandolini.

18th-century French armchairs and coral accents in the hallway.

Curtains and a matching canopy in a Fortuny fabric envelop the master bedroom. Screen, John Rosselli Antiques; 18th-century French bench in a Lulu DK fabric; carpet, Stark; walls in a custom color, Fine Paints of Europe.

Bed linens, Pratesi; wallpaper, Clarence House.

Inlaid seashells embellish the loggia's French doors. Furniture with cushions in Donghia and Perennials fabrics, Walters Wicker.

The garden is imbued with an old-world spirit.

The Palladian-style house was built by John Volk.

What the globe-trotting owners love most about the property is the fact that you can't tag it to any one locale. "It might be a beautiful house of the same period in Italy or the south of France," she says. "It has a sense of permanence without seeming mired in time." Click here to read more about this exquisite home in Veranda magazine, or pick up a copy on newsstands today. 


  1. Really lovely. My one reservation is the sisal rug. You know what they always say: "your first sisal rug will also be your last." Lots of lovely things there. Love the Bagues chandelier. And the blues are so relaxing.

  2. Imagine spending the 'season' here!!! I loved the house and the whole Palm Beach deal. I have enjoyed this blog better than any other one out there. All heart and soul (huge trust funds included) I second C. Lambert's comment "really lovely."

  3. So fabulous yet comfortable and oh so inviting! Love this home Andrea
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