Yesterday, I shared one of the most original homes I have ever experienced. Click HERE to read the first part of the background of this bohemian gem. The main house of Kathy and the late Billy Rayner’s Palm Beach compound is a modest one bedroom home. Tiny guesthouses posing as”potting sheds” are scattered throughout the property connected by serpentine paths in the lush tropical landscape. I think the best interiors are always constantly evolving. These interiors perfectly reflect that concept showcasing items accumulated from their travels through North Africa and the Near East.
Once in a blue moon, I experience a house that makes me weak in the knees. It is the kind of emotional response that one has to a great work of art or experiencing a heavenly moment in nature. I was fortunate enough to visit this beauty last winter on an architectural tour in Palm Beach. What started as a non-descript ranch was transformed into an exotic compound in a tropical garden by architectural genius Peter Marino. I had first read about this property in the book Palm Beach Chic by Jennifer Ash Rudick. I was instantly enchanted by the home of Kathy and the late Billy Rayner. Images do not do this magical oasis justice…Enjoy the tour!
It is hard to believe this is the closing weekend of the Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine. Many thanks to all who have come to see the showhouse filled with so much amazing talent. I will be at the house tomorrow from 1-4 for the final day for anyone who wants to pop in to say hello!
I have had many inquiries about items available in our space. Showhouses provide an amazing source to get incredible high end pieces, custom furniture, art and antiques…many of which are priced well below what they would sell for on the showroom floor. So, if you see something that catches your eye, make sure to look at the price list in each room to see what is still available. You might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
We are delighted to be participating in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens which opens this week! Not only am I glad to have a reason to spend more time in my hometown, but I am also beyond excited to spend time with so many other favorite design friends that are also designing spaces in this year’s showhouse. Atlanta is at her finest during April and May. When I first began contemplating the design scheme for our rooms, I wanted to incorporate the glorious spring shades that reveal themselves each week a new flower or tree begins to bloom. For the past several weeks, we have been feverishly working to pull together our bedroom, bathroom, and hallway that all began with this spring palette…
I wanted to create a fantasy bedroom where I would look forward to waking up each morning surrounded by everything I love. I am a colorist at heart…color energizes me, comforts me, and evokes joy for me. The palette was inspired by some of my fondest travel memories of the past year. I kept coming back to certain images I had taken where the indescribable colors stayed with me. I was continually drawn to the combination of spring green with shades of lilac and orchid.
I have been insanely lucky this year in finding myself in amazing destinations at the same time of incredible showhouses and art exhibitions. There is nothing better than seeing the talents of other creatives to expand one’s owns minds and stimulate new ways of imaginative thinking. The Kips Bay showhouse is the like the Oscars for our interior design profession. For the first time in 45 years, the organization did a Palm Beach iteration of the showhouse which supports the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Honorary Show House Chair is Bunny Williams and the Design Chairs are Ellie Cullman and Pauline Pitt.
Villa Belmonte is the home of this year’s showhouse in the El Cid neighborhood. The 1920s Meditteranean Revival house is the perfect backdrop for 20 insanely creative designers to showcase their talents. I was delighted to see so many favorite designers as well as beloved old and new design friends participate in this year’s first Palm Beach showhouse. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of an annual design event. Click HERE to get tickets before the house closes on December 19. Enjoy the tour….
Dining Room: Amanda Lindroth
How is it possible the Christmas is just 25 days away? With the temperatures still being in the 70s in Charlotte, I am having a hard time getting motivated to put up the tree. As I mentioned in my last post, (click HERE to read Part One) going to a holiday showhouse helps me to get in the spirit. I am always preaching to my clients that details make the design. It shows that extra dose of imagination and love has been devoted to taking a piece of furniture, lampshade or window treatment from ordinary to extraordinary. I was BLOWN AWAY by the impeccable attention to detail that every designer mastered in their rooms at the Home for the Holidays Showhouse. From the selection of treats left for Santa and brilliantly curated art to the unique floral arrangements and interesting holiday color schemes, every detail was beautifully thought out and executed. Congratulations to all of the designers that pulled off this amazing feat!
Nothing gets me into the Christmas decorating spirit more than visiting a Holiday Showhouse. Seeing how interior designers incorporate brilliant colors including chartreuse, aubergine, midnight blue, and fuchsia into stunning holiday interiors gets my creative juices flowing for how I want to deck my own halls at home. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine recently opened its 9th annual Home for the Holidays Showhouse benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Click HERE to purchase tickets to the beautiful home on view through December 10th.
Nestled on a two acre private wooded hillside, the new home evokes a stately English country home. The 5-bedroom, 8,800-square foot Showhouse features custom-made brick and locally sourced and aged granite for the exterior and integrates structured, classical design with more modern, casual living space. Twenty of Atlanta’s top interior designers have transformed the estate designed by Atlanta architecture firm Harrison Design and built by Sheehan Built Homes.
Traditional Home’s 2017 Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse opened this past weekend in Savannah to enthusiastic accolades from all who visited. The Greek Revival Home overlooks Monterey Square and was built in 1854. The house is set in the middle of Savannah’s Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A bevy of Southern design talent brought the house back to life from four apartments into one 5,500 square foot single family home. Charming architectural details such as heart of pine floors and plaster moldings provided a stunning backdrop for the designers to work their magic on this historic gem of a house. I could not have been more proud of so many design friends that brought their A game to this house to showcase their incredibly distinctive and unique talents. Congratulations to all of the designers, sponsors, Robert Leleux, Matthew Allan, Wall Von Enck, SCAD, The Historic Savannah Foundation, and Traditional Home for a spectacular showhouse!
With the Miami art fairs just a month away, I was delighted to see the December issue of Architectural Digest is devoted to collectors and how they live with their favorite pieces. The Brooklyn home of art world rock star KAWS artist Brian Donnelly reflects his family’s joy being surrounded by artists they admire and find inspiring. The works range from 1950-the present and there is a visual treat around every corner.
An array of artworks covers a wall in the living room. An Ettore Sottsass cabinet and a Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce help partition the space. Wyethsofa covered in custom linen. Pillows by KAWSand Alexander Girard pillows from Maharam. Child’s chair by Gaetano Pesce. KAWS BFF plush chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana.
There are certain individuals that you can tell by their fashion choices that you will absolutely adore how they decorate their home. PR maven Christina Juarez is one of those fashionistas that I always look forward to see what she is wearing at design industry events. Her aesthetic is always impossibly chic perfectly adorned with accessorizes that seem like she has acquired on her travels around the world. I could not wait to see her home featured in this month’s Elle Decor. I love her fearless use of color and pattern along with her incredible art choices and total originality.