Palm Beach Style

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to retire someplace warm, I’m not wishing my life away but I figure there’s no time like the present to start planning for tomorrow.  I love the colorful, vintage vibe that Palm Beach fashion and interior design style exudes.
You can bet in 30 years during the winter months, I’ll be basking poolside sipping tequila kissed libations.  In any case there’s no reason I can’t channel this chic style all summer long! Below are the details and the links!

#4 – Palm Beach Cocktail:
1 1/2 oz of gin
1 1/2 teaspoons of sweet vermouth
1 1/2 tsp of grapefruit juice

a pattern: white, crisp + clean

I not only love pinterest for its great boards and storage capabilities. It’s also an amazing way to get a sense of a client’s vision and tastes. It makes my day when my client is thrilled with a presentation and says “you nailed it”, as one did last week. For my own boards, I love how a pattern emerges for my own style. It’s never intentional. I have thousands of pins but when I was looking at my architectural/exterior boards, I noticed I’d pinned over a dozen all white houses. I love the clean lines and timelessness of an all white house. Here’s a few from my boards. On my own house I would pop the front door with a bright color. If you have shutters they could be painted, white or black. I think both look beautiful depending on the look you are going for. 

I think this could be my dream house! I love the approach, warm lighting and the clean white lines. I would need a green flat patch of grass someplace, but this house is gorgeous.

I snapped this shot of this flag this weekend at an art’s festival in my home town.
If I painted my house all white, I would add a splash of color on the front door!

This dutch door is great! Bugs might be an issue in Massachusetts!

Inspired – Warren Platner

This circulation space is beautifully utilized as a library. It’s the perfect example of how a designer should consider the verticality and all four walls plus the ceiling when designing a space.
The gold leaf wall with the textural globes pictured above is gorgeous!
Warren Planter (1919-2006) was a modernist who practiced interior design and architecture in the 1960’s and 70’s.
He’s best known for his Warren Platner chair, stool and table, designs for Knoll. The sculptural bases are made from nickel covered steel rods.  His interiors and designs were graceful, elegant and had softer lines then the work by his modernist peers. “As a designer, I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV .”
I would love the opportunity to incorporate a Warren Platner table in a transitional setting.

of note: at the MFA

I’m a bit of an art enthusiast, I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise, I write a design blog right? I was thrilled when invited to attend two separate private showings at the newly opened Art of the Americas wing at the Boston MFA. First off the newly designed wing was a much needed and anticipated addition. Simply put, it’s a breath of fresh air. I love the fusion of old and new. The dialogue between the original building built in 1909 {a number of additions were added in the early 1900’s.} and the new building designed by Foster and Partners of London is spectacular. Last night I attended the opening of Fresh Ink, an exhibit displaying ten artist’s modern interpretation of a traditional piece of Chinese art. It was an engaging show that runs through mid-February.

images:, MFA website, Skinner