We had such a lovely time in Palm Beach this weekend… Not only did I bring home what is now one of my most treasured possessions – Lilly Pulitzer’s personal desk from her estate auction – but we also attended the 2014 American Red Cross Designers’ Show House, now in its 38th year. It was breathtaking! Located off Flagler Drive in the heart of West Palm Beach, “Ville Delle Palme” – first featured as a Designers’ Show House 20 years ago – makes an encore performance.
Since moving to South Florida, I have developed a passion for the 1920s Old Spanish architectural treasures that grace our landscape. The quality workmanship and incredible details, such as elaborate arches and columns, soaring ceilings, ornate iron and plasterwork, elegant fireplaces, pecky cyprus ceilings, and decorative tile, simply cannot be replicated today. Ville Delle Palme, a Mizner-Style villa built in 1925, contains all of these details and more. At one time, the magnificent property extended to the Intracoastal, but a later owner sold off most of the property to the east.
I cannot imagine a better backdrop for the 15 renowned interior and exterior designers who transformed the home to work their magic. Here’s a sneak peek of of a few of my favorite rooms…
A giant thank you to my husband for taking these wonderful pictures, and to the Red Cross for permitting us to take them! I have more to share in a later post, but to fully appreciate this masterpiece, you really must see it in person. The American Red Cross Designers’ Show House opened February 20 and runs through March 22, 2014. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. General admission is $35. Click here for further details and to purchase tickets.