Friday, January 30, 2015

Lakeview House, Palm Beach

This week I stumbled upon an amazing home located in the Estate Section of Palm Beach. The legendary property is known as Lakeview House, and it was designed and built by high-society architect Clarence Mack in 1940. Mack created an architectural genre that is popularly known as "Palm Beach Regency" or "Tropical Empire." The self-taught architect, who was inspired by late Georgian and classical French style, built two Palm Beach enclaves in the late 1950s and early 1960s - aptly named Regent's Park and Parc Monceau, which are currently under review as possible designation as historical districts.

Lakeview House has been home to an impressive list of occupants, including Dame Celia Lipton Farris who lived there for more than three decades until her passing in 2011. The 12,406 square-foot manse was then listed for sale, and described as "structurally unsound" and promoted to potential buyers as a "perfect [place] to build your dream home." Fortunately, the current owner saved Lakeview House from the wrecking ball, promising to restore the house to its original splendor. And today, that promise has been fulfilled! Architectural renovations were handled by Smith & Moore, and Gil Walsh fashioned a sensitive restoration and decoration that acknowledged the home's luminous past while making it current for today's lifestyle. Let's take a look at the restoration, as featured by Dering Hall and photographed by Kim Sargent.

The architecture firm of Smith & Moore reworked the house’s approach by adding an entrance that opens directly onto the main floor. The exterior paint color, originally white, was changed to a soft yellow, allowing the architectural details to reveal themselves in subtle highlight.

For the expansive living room, Walsh favored a traditional scheme. Herringbone floors provide an engaging rhythm while plaid silk taffeta draperies add softness and color. The oversized chandelier anchors the room and is both dramatic and functional. Fretwork chairs counterbalance the formality.

Walsh makes exquisite drapery the centerpiece of the dining room, giving it plenty of breathing room via simple walls and bare floors. Plaid taffeta fabric from the living room makes an encore appearance on the dining chairs.

The kitchen mixes traditional form with the functionality of today.

Scalamandre’s iconic prancing zebras wallpaper enlivens the first floor powder room.

The combination of crystal chandeliers, zebra hides, and tiger print ottomans provide visual interest to the long upstairs hallway.

The master bedroom.

A British Colonial bed dominates a guest room. A quartet of parrot prints provide color and height to the overall composition.

A British Colonial bed dominates a guest room. A quartet of parrot prints provide color and height to the overall composition.

The soaring pool house is a true indoor/outdoor space to be enjoyed by day or night.

The pool and pool house were given a complete makeover. The stone surround and integrated water feature are deceptively simple yet precise. Zoysia grass channels bring a softness to the hardscape.

To see pictures of Lakeview House before its recent renovation and to learn more about its history, prior inhabitants, and architect Clarence Mack, you can read this wonderful article by Augustus Mayhew for New York Social Diary. There is also a fantastic post at The Devoted Classicist.  While the home still maintains a traditional feel, it is significantly less formal than it was originally. As realtor Liza Pulitzer (daughter of the late Lilly Pulitzer) told the Palm Beach Daily News, "When Mack, and later, Robert Gottfried were building Regency-style houses, buyers wanted a more formal look. Today buyers are replacing high-gloss floors with flat-finish stone and eschewing heavy drapes and large chandeliers in favor of cleaner lines."

If you are interested in purchasing your very own Clarence Mack Palm Beach Regency, you are in luck because his former home, located at 400 Regent Park on the lakefront with stunning Intracoastal views, just happens to be for sale!

Also for sale is 500 Regent Park, built by Mack in 1959. 

And there is a pending sale at 695 S. County Road, which was built by Mack in 1953 and renovated in an Art Deco style. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Palm Beach Sale at One Kings Lane

It may be icy cold throughout most of the country, but One Kings Lane is having a "Palm Beach Polish" sale, so you can bring home your very own slice of sunshine. The collection was designed to bring the breezy style of Palm Beach and its air of refinement to your space with aplomb and grace. Here are a few of my favorite items from the sale...

I am positively in love with the vintage Murano chandelier, Serge Roche inspired palm lamp, Slim Aarons prints, faux bamboo, and Chinoiserie accents. Inventory is limited or one of a kind, so hurry on over to One Kings Lane now for a little Palm Beach Polish! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Chic Nest

I cannot believe we are more than halfway through January! Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Mine is to finally get our home in order and to share pictures on this blog. After a grueling one-and-a-half year renovation, I have frankly been so burnt out on decorating that I needed a break. So slowly, I am getting back into the groove, and the house is coming along again.

One recent purchase we acquired this year is a new sectional for our family room. The one we had was in sad shape (left over from my husband's bachelor days) and the monstrous pleather beast did not fit in our family room at all. However, the problem was I could not find anything I liked to replace it! The biggest challenge was the size of our family room. It is on the small side, so a sectional is a perfect solution to maximize space. I searched high and low, yet I simply could not find anything that would work. I fell in love with this sumptuous velvet sofa created by Bailey from Peppermint Bliss, but it is custom and would cost a fortune to recreate. Enter My Chic Nest... 

(This is actually a similar size and layout to our family room.)

My Chic Nest specializes in affordable Hollywood Regency furniture with 1920s style and flair that is right up my alley!  With a wide variety of furniture styles to choose from, you also select your fabric and color. It can be scary to order furniture online, but they made me feel so comfortable by answering a ton of questions and by sending sending fabric swatches and diagrams.

The sectional I chose is called the Kimmy. I selected "blue smoke" velvet, which is a forgiving navy blue that ties in with the blue and white accents in our adjacent kitchen. I wanted something durable that would be dog and child proof. So far so good with our two fur babies! Every piece is made to order, and I was even able to customize the dimensions so it fit perfectly into our cozy family room. Here it is!

I am still putting the final touches on styling this room. Here is my inspiration board...
I have been eyeing these Chinese porcelain giclees from The Pink Pagoda forever, and I think they would be perfect above the sectional. I just ordered the blue and white pillows from Target! White marble Saarinen tulip tables can be purchased here. I think these accents will tie in nicely with The Vase by David Hicks for Clarence House fabric we used for our valance and kitchen table chairs....  

Blue and white Ming dragon planters also from The Pink Pagoda!

More to come. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram for additional sneak peeks... I promise to post a home tour on the blog soon! Also, make sure to head over to My Chic Nest for your glamorous home furnishing needs. Shipping is always free, and everything is currently 10% off with code CHIC321.

And on a final note, since I brought up New Year's resolutions... have you seen this new Fitbit from Tory Burch? I think this just the inspiration I need to help me exercise more in 2015!

Friday, January 9, 2015

An Elegant Palm Beach Baby Shower, By Luxe Report Designs

If you have been following my blog for some time, you know that I am positively obsessed with the work of Palm Beach-based Luxe Report Designs. Co-owners Christin Carron and Lauren Kukkamaa never cease to amaze me with their design work and event planning. Last month, Christin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Stella, and I featured her Old Palm Beach meets Chinoiserie meets Regency meets a touch of Glam nursery here. Today, I'm featuring Christin's chic baby shower. 

Lauren took inspiration for the shower from Christin's nursery.  From the color palette of coral and pink to the accents of elephants and pineapples, to the cocktail napkins mimicking the pillow fabric in the nursery... no detail was spared!  Guests enjoyed sparkling pink wine signature cocktails called "Stella Babies," while expecting mothers sipped Onli Lemon Watermelon Sparkling Water.  The result was pure Palm Beach Perfection!  Photography by Rodney Paavola.

Pineapples were spray painted gold... so chic!

Click here to see more of baby Stella's nursery, which provided inspiration for Christin's shower!

Isn't it pure perfection?! You can see another fabulous baby shower hostessed by Lauren and Christin here... The theme was "Beverly Hills Hotel meets Old Palm Beach." For more on blue and white entertaining by Luxe Report Designs, click here, and here for more on their interior designs. You can also follow them on Instagram for daily inspiration. And stay tuned, as I will be featuring more of their work soon! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer for Target!

Lilly lovers, have you heard the news?! This spring Lilly Pulitzer will unveil an exclusive 250-piece collection for Target, including apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls, as well as home accents, outdoor entertaining accessories, beach gear, travel essentials and more. The collection will be available at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and on beginning April 19.

Prices begin at just $2 with an average price point of $30, so there is something for everyone! The collaboration features 15 prints designed by Lilly Pulitzer artists exclusively for Target, many of which are reminiscent of original Lilly prints from the 1960s. Here is a sneak peek...

Click here for a video from last night's announcement party at the Pool Room of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, and here for more from Target. 

I am anticipating this collection to sell out quickly... remember the Missoni for Target rampage? Which items are on your wish list? I would like one of everything, but of particular interest to me are the home goods. Those pillows, those napkins, that hammock!! Oh, my! 

Lilly for Target, coming April 19, 2015! 
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