The second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach opened on Saturday. I drove up from Miami for the day to take a look, and it is truly spectacular! The 2019 Show House is Fountain House, a 10,000 square foot Mediterranean-style home on the Intracoastal Waterway constructed in 2003. You can see the before pictures here and here. The home was transformed by 21 participating designers including Meg Braff, Cindy Rinfret, Lee Ann Thornton, Danielle Rollins, Lee Robinson, and Louise Cronan. Bunny Williams is honorary chair with design chairs Ellie Cullman, Pauline Pitt, and Steele Marcoux.
Below are highlights of some of my favorite rooms. Thank you to Carmel Brantley of Brantley Photography for providing photography. Additional photography was provided by participating designers and a few shots are included from my iPhone… Enjoy!
Lee Robinson and Kyle Johnson designed the grand staircase as an ode to a garden pavilion, culminated with various plants, fish, flowers, pagodas, insects and a twisting pathway. A wall of moss and succulents was installed by Green Wallscapes up the winding staircase, and live birds chirp merrily in a custom pagoda birdcage. The birds are are named after great classic designers – Elsie (De Wolf), Albert (Hadley), Dorothy (Draper), Sister (Parish), and Mario (Buatta). The wallpaper is Schumacher’s “Garden Pavilion” and Mary McDonald’s “Don’t Fret.” If you love Lee’s work, you can tour his historic home here and here, and you can see more of his work here.
Cindy Rinfret transformed the soaring entry from dated early-2000s to classic Palm Beach, reminiscent of the great homes from the Mizner era. She brought in custom wallpaper and panels she designed with Nicolette Mayer Collection, and antique Moorish arches. Exquisite lighting, including a 1970s Jansen palm tree chandelier and sculptural chandeliers, perfectly illuminate and define the space. Click here to see another of my favorite Rinfret designs. I am also a fan of Cindy’s books, Classic Greenwich Style and Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes.
I could have stayed in Lee Ann Thornton‘s charming and cozy sitting room all day! The star of the show is the Lisa Fine “Calico Stripe” fabric she used to upholster the furniture, walls, and positively entrancing ceiling… Lee Ann had each stripe mitered and painstakingly pieced together to perfectly fit the ceiling, creating a work of art. Single pattern application is always a resounding yes in my book, and pops of turquoise add a Palm Beach punch of color. Pictures do not do this room justice! To see one of my favorite homes designed by Lee Ann, please click here.
Meg Braff‘s bedroom design is a Palm Beach Chic ray of sunshine! The room and bathroom are enveloped in Meg’s signature line of fabrics. Lucite chairs from Highland House add a touch of old-school Florida, and the perfectly coordinated closet was styled by Cabana Vintage. I am a huge fan of Meg Braff, and I highly recommend her book The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy. You can see more of her work here, here, here, and here. Her photographer, Nick Mele, is known as the new Slim Aarons, and you can read my Q&A with him here.
Louise Cronan designed the perfect Palm Beach loggia. She upholstered the furniture in Tillet Textiles’ iconic Chrysanthemum fabric, which she had made to be indoor/outdoor safe. Tillet Textiles were a favorite of First Lady Jackie Kennedy, and she used lovely Daisy print in her White House bedroom. Also included in the loggia is a darling pillow needlepointed by Louise using a canvas from Lycette of Palm Beach.
Danielle Rollins created a romantic pink room perfect for Palm Beach. She incorporated her own china for a leisurely breakfast in bed, and artwork she created for Wendover Art. The closet features pieces from her own clothing line. I adore Danielle’s style and her book Soiree: Entertaining with Style… Rizzoli will be releasing her second book next year. You can tour her beautiful Atlanta home here.
The Palm Beach Show House benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in Bronx, New York. Please click here for additional information. On Instagram, you can follow @kbshowhouse and hashtag #kipsbaypalmbeach for updates. And Architectural Digest has an excellent overview of each room from the Show House including a summary of the designer’s inspiration. The Palm Beach Show House is open through February 20.
Sponsors of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach:
Benjamin Moore; Kohler Co.; The Rug Company; Cambria; VERANDA; The Shade Store; Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa; Aston Martin Palm Beach; David Sutherland, Inc.; Ceramic Matrix; Dacor; New York Design Center; Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Currey and Company; The Grand Tour; Chesneys Fireside; Fabricut; Sean Rush Atelier; The Royal Poinciana Plaza and Susan’s Jewelry.