Friday, April 15, 2016

Kemble Interiors Revives a 1940s Palm Beach Retreat

After years of house hunting in Palm Beach, Maureen Carr and her husband Walter Nollmann fell in love with the historic charm of this 1940s Mediterranean Revival the moment they walked in the door. Nestled behind trademark Palm Beach hedges on a quiet palm-lined street, this home was built by John Volk, one of Palm Beach's most prolific architects who designed for clients such as the Vanderbilts, Fords, and Pulitzers. The couple wanted their home to feel truly Floridian, so they turned to a design team - Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod of Kemble Interiors - as classically Palm Beach as the home itself. With the couple's input, Celerie and Lindsey designed a palette straight out of a Lilly Pulitzer catalogue. 

Images and captions from Coastal Living, March 2016. Photography by Jessica Glynn Photography

Breezy Poolside Cabana
"As soon as I open the front door, I'm happy," says Carr. "I can't wait to put fresh flowers on the table, go for a walk down to the beach, and then come home and kick back by the pool with my family."

Fresh Citrus Kitchen
In the kitchen, a pale lime green coats the cabinets and backsplash, accented with white Corian countertops, lemon accessories, and a chandelier the color of pink grapefruit. "The kitchen is like one big bowl of citrus," says Herod. 

Sunny Breakfast Nook
The citrusy colors spill over into the breakfast room, where orange tree-patterned draperies by John Rosselli and Associates create a sunny Florida vibe. The rattan chairs, from Circa Who, are Italian, and the Knoll table is from Wayfair.

Tropical Bathroom
Emerald green banana leaf wallpaper from Schumacher and a vintage rattan mirror together outfit the guest bathroom with tropical island vibes. 

Art-Inspired Dining Room
The dining room's mint-hued walls and ceilings take their cues from a painting of a lifeguard stand the owners scooped up in Manhattan and vintage dining chairs Herod re-covered in green faux leather.

Easygoing Family Room
To keep the mix of bold and pastel shades beach-friendly and casual, the designers incorporated plenty of natural textures into the walls and decor. In the family room, pecky cypress ceilings and grasscloth walls pair with bamboo accessories like curtain rods and a bar cart scored at a Dixie Highway antiques shop. "Organic details like these really freshen up the room," says Herod.

Colorful Living Room
"In Florida, there's endless inspiration in the landscape," says Herod. "So we pulled from the views outside—the pink of hibiscus, the turquoise of the ocean, and the greenery that surrounds the home."

Peachy Keen Bedoom
"We knew that Celerie grew up here, and she also isn't afraid to use color," Nollmann said. "We wanted to take advantage of the fact that it's Florida—you can paint your bedroom pink or teal and it makes perfect sense." Pale pink walls (painted Coral Buff by Benjamin Moore) give this guest room a welcoming, rosy glow.

Bright, Cheery Exterior
Just beyond an emerald wall of boxwoods on a quiet, palm-lined street, a whitewashed home with electric blue shutters rises like the sun peeking over the horizon line. Amid the glamour of Palm Beach, the 1940s house had persisted as glitzy estates and modern manses with square footage in the five digits had grown up around it.

The picture above and the three below are sneak peeks that didn't make it in the magazine, from photographer Jessica Glynn's fabulous blog!

To see more, please visit Coastal Living and the blog of Jessica Glynn Photography


  1. All beautiful...that first picture, swoon! Enjoy your weekend...

  2. Thanks for the post! I love Both Celerie's and her moms work - so Florida! I love color and am glad to see the inside of this house plus the bonus photos! Thanks!

  3. I know Palm Beach well. This is perfect. And no "except for." It's all well done and in good taste. High praise for all the colour.

  4. Artfully done! Love the color palettes!

    The Arts by Karena

  5. Thank you so much for the post! xo, L


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