Friday, May 29, 2015

Palm Beach Perfection on Pendleton

My favorite thing about living in Miami is that it is so close to Palm Beach, and one of these days we would love to have a little weekend home there. In the meantime, I stalk the MLS. My latest find is this British Colonial style home built in 1931 by society architect Gustav Maas.

This charming home is located in-town on charming Pendleton Avenue and features 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 4,462 square feet renovated and decorated to perfection. You can read more about it here.

UPDATE: I was thrilled to learn that this home was decorated by none other than the renowned Palm Beach decorator, Leta Austin Foster. You can see the magazine quality shots over at The Foo Dog Blog.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Meg Braff Decorates a Summer Home in Southampton

Meg Braff tops my list of all-time favorite designers, and I am swooning over this gorgeous Southampton vacation home she decorated for a couple and their four children. Inspired by the ocean located just a few blocks away, Braff employed a palette of greens and blues against a backdrop of beige and white. Furnishings made from natural materials like jute, raffia, wicker, rattan, and bamboo add to the "beachy but refined" effect. Braff incorporated a few formal items previously owned by the homeowner to provide a dash of polish. Let's take a look inside this home, which is featured in the June issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

A pair of Hickory Chair armchairs upholstered in Fabricut’s Definitely Maybe flank the fireplace in the living room.

The library includes a Chippendale chair and a vintage rattan side table, both from Meg Braff Designs. The drapery fabric is Schumacher’s Seneca Cotton Stripe in Aqua/Mocha.

Polished-nickel Reed fixtures from Circa Lighting hang in the kitchen, which features Silestone counters.

In a boy's room, a model sailboat is shipshape against a rope-framed Pottery Barn mirror.

Braff used a SeaCloth linen/cotton for the draperies and chair cushions in the daughter's room.

The boys’ bathroom features Braff’s Roxy wall covering.

Lee Jofa’s Sant’ Elmo dresses up the headboard, bed skirt, and roman shades in a boy's room.

In the master bedroom, Norbar Fabrics’ Mateo in Seafoam covers the Braff-designed benches and Sherrill Furniture Company chaise.

The Harlow console is from Bungalow 5; the draperies are made from a Jed Johnson Home fabric.

A boy’s room features Jane Wilner Design’s bedding and headboards upholstered in Lee Jofa’s Stripe It Up in Tide/Blue.

On the porch, rattan furniture features Ivory cushions from Palecek’s President’s collection; the accent pillows are upholstered in a Carleton V fabric.

Click here to see more of this home, as featured in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. You can see more of Meg Braff's work here and here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Perfect Summer Beach House

Lonny published this incredible beach house decorated by designer Jenny Wolf, and I am in love. The 4,500-square-foot, cedar-shingled summer retreat is located in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and it is the perfect seaside retreat for a young family. Wolf integrated whimsy, pattern, and comfort to create a fun and carefree getaway that is completely child-friendly.  Key elements include the use of indoor-outdoor fabric, jute and sisal rugs, statement lighting, and chic window treatments. Here are a few of my favorite images from Lonny's tour...

Isn't this home amazing? Click here to see the entire tour, and here to learn more about Jenny Wolf Interiors.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Al Capone's Oceanfront Miami Estate

Recently, a friend sent me a link to a video (below) featuring Al Capone's 1922 Mediterranean Revival estate on Miami's Palm Island. According to Curbed, the house was restored before being sold in June 2013 for $7.43M. It then went back on the market in 2014 and sold for around $8M to property investment company MB America. After $1.4M in further renovations, it will now be used for video and photo shoots.

The 6,077 square-foot house is located on a 30,000 square-foot waterfront lot with a private sandy beach and a huge pool said to have been built to rival that of the nearby Biltmore Hotel. (We rented the notorious - and haunted! - Al Capone Suite at the Biltmore for my husband's birthday, which you can read about here.)

Capone purchased the home, located at 93 Palm Avenue, from Clarence Busch of the Anheuser-Busch brewing dynasty for $40K in 1928. It is where he is said to have plotted the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and where he spent his final years in deteriorating health due to syphilis before dying of cardiac arrest in 1947 at age 48.

The original Art Deco black and yellow mosaic bathroom remains in tact!


Please visit Curbed for more on this fascinating home, truly an iconic piece of Miami history!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Thrill of Brazilliance

Recently on Instagram, I found this incredible space decorated by Leigh Olive Mowry of Atlanta-based Olive Interiors, and I couldn't wait to share it with you! It is a reception area and pool for a luxury residential development decorated in true "Hollywood Regency meets Palm Beach" style. And of course you know I am in love with the Brazilliance wallpaper by Carleton Varney...

The round sofa is covered in a palm green velvet and was custom made by Bradley, a showroom in Atlanta. 

Framed scarves in the hallway are vintage Vera from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The window treatments are from Schumacher. They are stenciled circular cutouts backed with hot pink linen.

Tall modern wing chairs are custom made by Bradley and covered in hot pink snakeskin.

This development feels like a fabulous tropical retreat! I adore how the pink, black, and white pop against the green palms both inside and out. For the project, Leigh collaborated with Historical Concepts, the internationally recognized architectural firm in Atlanta. Click here to see more of the outstanding portfolio of Olive Interiors. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

One Room Challenge: Palm Beach Regency Nursery Reveal

Today is the nursery reveal for my baby boy, due July 3. Over the last six weeks, I have been linking up to the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. You can review my progress with Weeks OneTwoThreeFour, and Five. My inspiration for the nursery was classic blue and white meets Palm Beach Regency meets safari. 

We already had the queen sized bed in this room, and we wanted to keep it. It will transition nicely into a big boy room, and it will also come in handy for me during those initial sleepless nights with baby. I also had to work around the gold silk dupioni drapes, which were already in the room. I never would have chosen them otherwise, but now I think they add a nice pop of color and tie in nicely with the other accents in the room... So without further ado, here it is! Photography by Emily Allongo Photography.

Michele with calicodaisy did a beautiful job with the monogramed shams! They are hand-appliqu├ęd, and they match the fabulous Jill Sorensen Key bedding perfectly

(Note: Crib will be kept bumper and stuffed animal free in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics.) 

My inspiration board. (In full disclosure, I did not get around to replacing the white palm frond fan currently in the room with my vintage brass sputnik chandelier, as I originally intended.  Practicality won out in combat with the hot South Florida weather!) 


Crib: Amazon 
Faux bamboo dresser and nightstand: Vintage Thomasville  
Glider: Land of Nod
Moroccan pouf: One Kings Lane  
Vintage elephant side table: Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Headboard: Custom made with Congo fabric by Clarence House

Navy Key duvet and Euro shams by Jill Sorensen
Monogrammed shams, crib sheet, shower curtain, and hand towel: calicodaisy - Etsy ***Use code THEGLAMPADMAY2015 for 10% off through June 1, 2015!***
Bedskirts and pillow on glider: Custom made with Congo fabric by Clarence House

Elephant above crib: White Faux Taxidermy 
Animal prints above changing table: The Animal Print Shop
Elephant print in bathroom: The Pink Pagoda 

Elephant hamper: Amazon
Changing pad and cover: Serena & Lily 
Lamps: Vintage Murano
Brass giraffes: eBay
Herend fishnet elephant: Similar here 
Leopard carpet: Lowe's

Striped walls: Open Air and Extra White by Sherwin Williams 
Dresser and nightstand: Valspar Paint + Primer Premium Finish in White Gloss, Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic for handles

Emily Allongo Photography.

A huge thank you to Linda whose One Room Challenge motivated me to get my nursery finished with plenty of time to spare... I still have two months until baby boy arrives! Now, I'm off to check out the other talented ORC linking participants' grand reveals, and click here if you missed the 20 ORC participants who posted yesterday.  
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