A Tribute to Designer Daniel Clancy

Earlier this year, the interior design world experienced a great loss with the passing of designer Daniel Clancy. Based in Michigan, Daniel frequently worked in Palm Beach, and I am a huge fan of his elegant, traditional, timeless style. In remembrance of his exceptional talent, today I am sharing a few highlights of his work, along with two home tours from Florida Design.

First, let’s take a look at a few portfolio images from Perlmutter–Freiwald, Inc. where Daniel served as president… 

I am particularly fond of Daniel’s use of color, as brilliantly displayed in this luxurious and elegant living room.

Have you ever seen such a beautiful breakfast room? Hand painted Chinoiserie panels, blue and white, and treillage are always a winning combination in my book. 

Timeless elegance in the dining room, and such a cheerful color combination of yellow and blue!

This sumptuous study exudes old world sophistication.

French country perfection in a charming breakfast room.

This bedroom is going in my files for inspiration when the time comes to transform my son’s nursery into his big boy room. I love the all-American Ralph Lauren vibe! 

Now for our first home tour… This one is via Florida Design, with images via Brantley Photography.

There aren’t many things I love more than a pink living room…

Except for hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper in the dining room!

And in the powder room… along with fixtures from Sherle Wagner. 

And of course, chintz in the bedroom is always a classic. 

Along with glorious waterfront views.

And a perfectly manicured formal garden. 
Now for our second home tour. This classic British Colonial home in Palm Beach was also featured by Florida Designs. Photography by Brantley Photography

I love the hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay, which provides the perfect backdrop for “Les Nymphes,” by French Impressionist Pierre-Eugene. 

Traditional furnishings are upholstered in Scalamandré and Clarence House. 

The dining room is paneled in English pine. Regency chairs, which are family heirlooms, surround the round mahogany table, and the English breakfront displays the owner’s collection of 1830s Devenport china.

The four-poster bed in the master bedroom is by Julia Gray, and a beach scene painting by French artist Charles Camoin hangs above. The carpet is by Stark. 
Nineteenth century blue and white Chinese porcelain is displayed in the pecky cypress paneled breakfast area off the loggia. 
Wicker chairs in the loggia enhance the tropical style. 

Pool house perfection! 

Such exquisite talent. Daniel will forever be included amongst my favorite interior designers. You may recall I featured his Grosse Pointe, Michigan home last month, which is currently for sale. It is hands down one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen, and I would like to move right in. Click here to see more.

Daniel Clancy was an elegant gentleman who was known for his warmth, kindness, compassion, and witty charm along with his love for his family and friends. His work was featured on HGTV and in publications including House Beautiful, W Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Palm Beach Magazine, and Florida Design. Detroit Monthly Magazine named him “Designer of the Year.” Daniel was also generous with his time and talents, working on historical projects and decorating rooms for some of the Junior League of Detroit Designers’ show houses. He will be forever missed.


  1. Dear Andrea,
    What a lovely and loving tribute to Mr. Clancy.
    I still recall seeing that yellow dining room in Florida Design, and still have the tear sheet in my files. Such talent is not often seen.

  2. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Each room more beautiful than the last. What a talent. And what a great loss to the design world. We need more like him. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Those rooms were so beautiful. I wish we saw more interiors like those featured. At the core of all of these rooms have such elegance while still giving the eye delight. Too many interiors mistake being monochromatic and simple for being elegant. Thank you Andrea for a lovely post.


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