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 The wife, with her background in design and stints in Europe, worked with architect Thomas Kirchhoff to transform the outdated home with its grand scale and historic importance into a pale blue respite that is breezy, seemingly effortless, and undeniably glamorous.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, Baguès; 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. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Perfectly Preppy Christmas with Laurie Byrne Originals

One of my very favorite ladies on Instagram is Laurie Byrne of LB Originals.  Known on Etsy as the Preppy Paper Girl for her beautiful, custom paperie, Laurie is also an amazing decorator, and I have told her she simply must write a book to showcase her exquisite tablescapes. She also happens to be one of the best dressed fashionistas, and I would like to hire her as my personal stylist! I think it's safe to say I have a total girl crush. Without further ado, let's take a peek inside Laurie's home, decorated to perfection for Christmas...

Pink, buffalo check, Staffordshire dogs, and vintage ornaments... This table is a dream come true!

Laurie has the most beautiful collection of monogrammed china and linens.

Like any proper Southern Belle, Laurie has an elegant collection of sterling flatware. I believe this pattern is Burgundy by Reed and Barton.


A lovely vintage Christmas village.

Such a brilliant idea to use a blue and white cachepot as a Christmas tree base! 

My grandmother has gold goblets identical to these. Fond memories... 

I must find some of these Staffordshire dog vases!

I love how Laurie has little touches of Christmas sprinkled everywhere throughout her home. 

Aluminum Shiny Bright trees are a Christmas classic.

Another beautiful tablescape. 

Brass pineapples and a tartan ice bucket are so festive.

Blue and white Staffordshire dogs? Yes, please!




Laurie expertly mixes her collection of Herend Chinese Bouquet in blue and green with other patterns. 

Obsessed with Staffordshire dogs!


And Staffordshire dog ornaments!



Of course, pink bows are always welcome.


Laurie, will you please come decorate my house next year?? Thank you for so graciously inviting us into your home! To be inspired by more of Laurie Byrne's style, please follow her on Instagram and Facebook, and check out her beautiful custom stationery, notecards, gift tags, etc. on Etsy

Recreate the look

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Toile de Nantes for Christmas

Are you following Danielle Rollins on Instagram? The lifestyle expert, writer, and decorator extraordinaire is in the process of renovating her incredible Georgian home in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, and it is truly a magical candyland feast for the eyes! Here is an image of her beautiful Christmas tree poised with perfection against the Pierre Frey Toile de Nantes wallpaper she installed in her family room....


Toile de Nantes is a print that maintains a longstanding position on my wish list of must-haves for the home. I am obsessed with it here in Sarah Bartholomew's entryway... 


Toile de Nantes was made famous by Estée Lauder who selected it in the 1970s for her East Hamptons home, and it remains just as fresh and timeless today. Now the home belongs to Estée's granddaughter, Aerin Lauder, who has created a line of bedding exclusive to Neiman Marcus to complement the print... 


I love this duvet cover by Aerin for Neiman Marcus, as pictured above. And speaking of Neiman's, if you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, they are offering free two-day rush shipping on orders placed by noon today! 

To see more of Aerin Lauder's exquisite Christmas decor, click here

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Pink, Blue, and White Southern Christmas

Laura Trevey from the fabulous blog Bold Bright and Beautiful posted a home tour this week featuring the most elegant home in Richmond, Virginia all glammed up for Christmas. The owners, Cary and Jay Nichols, have lived here for a little over three years, and every inch is decorated to perfection. Cary has a sophisticated style with a luxe touch and a flair for glamour, and for Christmas she has decorated each room with holiday trimmings to celebrate the season.















The combination of pink, blue, and white is absolutely my favorite color palate, and I could definitely move right into this stunningly gorgeous home. And how adorable is that antique high chair? This certainly puts me in the holiday spirit! For the entire tour, please visit Bold Bright and Beautiful, and for more of Laura's home tours, click here. For more pink, white, and blue Christmas inspiration, please check out the beautiful home of Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch, which I featured last week.
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