The second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened in Palm Beach this past weekend showcasing the work of 21 talented designers. Overlooking Lake Worth, the Mediterranean-style villa provided a beautiful backdrop for the designers to work their magic. The house is open until February 20th and tickets may be purchased by clicking here. See below for a tour and if you are headed south, do not miss seeing these spectacular spaces in person!
The final post of the Rayner’s Haute Bohemian oasis in Palm Beach reveals their beautiful gardens and magical Moroccan pool tent. There was a delightful surprise around every bend in the serpentine path of their lush tropical gardens. As I mentioned in Part One, we entered their property through an intricately adorned Turkish Pool Pavillion designed by Peter Marino. Once we passed through the Pavillion and a beautifully manicured lawn adored with parasols, painted elephants, and chaises, we entered the “jungle” leading towards the main house detailed in Part Two.
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!
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
Being an interior designer is like having multiple personality disorder…one day I am obsessed with Nancy Lancaster’s yellow drawing room and the next I dreaming about my sleek and contemporary imaginary beach house filled with blue chip art, pedigreed furnishings, a dash of humor and my own built in disco. When I opened the pages of the March Elle Decor, it looked like my dream had become reality in the Palm Beach penthouse of Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, the high style 5,900 sqaure foot pied a terre is colorful, glamorous, and edgy…much like the Tischs themselves.
A large scale pink feather polar bear holds by Paola Pivi holds court over the barrel vaulted living room featuring a who’s who of important artists and designers. A pair of Andy Warhols hang above an Edward Wormley sofa upholstered in hot pink tiger Scalamandre velvet. Two tone armchairs by Pierre Guariche and curved sofas by Milo Baughman mix beautifully with Louis XVI stools and a custom made silk shag ombre rug by Beauvais carpets. The sculptural lines of each piece add the the stunning composition of the space.
The Tisches with a photograph by Thomas Ruff.
Five Italian pendants fill the vertical space in the spacious dining room above a custom resin table. A bold painting by Christian Marclay punctuates the room with color.
The designers prefer pale finishes and neutrals to offset the intense color used in each space. The result is like a blank canvas in each room with vivid brushstrokes such as the mustard colored barrel back chairs by Harvey Probber in the media room.
Custom designed bookcases and carpet in the sitting room complement a pair of 1953 chairs by Pierre Guariche and a 1970 desk by Maurice Calka.
The palette of the master suite is inspired by the view. A custom lucite headbaord and Karl Springer bedside tables rest on another gorgeous custom rug from Beauvais. The owner remarks, “It’s so peaceful and serene, high above the water. You feel like you’re on a boat.”
Being able to translate a client’s tastes into a successful interior can be a bit daunting at times, but Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts created a masterpiece turning even the obstacles into opportunities. A bright pink rug was requested for the living room. The designers confess they were “a little horrified” , but suggested “a sort of fading out of color” instead. The 900 square foot silk shag rug is raspberry hued at the edges and fades to white at the center… a brilliant solution and sleight of hand for this design duo.
To read the complete article, please click here. More to come on the whimsical world of Paola Pivi this weekend…
In addition to the Evening Under the Palms party that I detailed in my last post, there are many more Palm Beach-inspired events to experience during the Room to Bloom Celebration. All proceeds from the events enable the Mint Museum to enhance its educational programs and acquire new works of art for the permanent collection. Celerie Kemble, noted interior designer, author, and Palm Beach native, is the keynote speaker at the Decorative Arts Symposium. If you are unable to attend the Symposium, there are two other ways to meet this talented and celebrated designer. Celerie will be doing a book signing at Room to Bloom sponsor Circa Interiors and Antiques on Wednesday, April 25th from 2:00-3:30.
Celerie’s latest book is a must have for any design library. Please see below for the publisher’s book review:
“Black and white décor is at once dramatic and understated, modern and classic, apparent in the work of iconic designers such as Dorothy Draper and Madeleine Castaing but just as present in design today. And the inspiration is all around us—from nature (a zebra’s stripes, tree trunks rising from drifts of snow) to old Hollywood movies and fashion to black-and-white photography and patterns we encounter in our everyday lives (crossword puzzles and the pages of our favorite novels).
In Black and White (and a Bit in Between), acclaimed interior designer Celerie Kemble trades in her signature vivid palette for this iconic aesthetic, highlighting the black and white work of design stars and peers, including Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan, Mark Hampton, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford, Philip Gorrivan, Carrier and Co., and Miles Redd, and welcoming you into more than 100 spaces in every imaginable aesthetic. Woven throughout are her witty observations and expert advice on choosing the best paints and finishes, adding patterns and accessories, building an entire room scheme based on inspiration found in nature, collecting black and white objects, and even choosing the perfect accent colors. With more than 350 gorgeous color photographs, this is a vividly photographed celebration of a timeless scheme, infused with inspirational tips, glimpses into showstopping homes, and proof that a limited palette is anything but.”
The last opportunity to meet Celerie Kemble will be at The CommenceMINT Party on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-9:00pm. Wells Fargo Private Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for the evening which will be held in the beautiful home and gardens of Kelly and Rick Hopkins. Other sponsors include Allen Tate, Cummins Atlantic, Hubert Whitlock Builders, The Morgan Landscape Group, and The Triad Foundation.