The 2nd annual is open—and it’s just the mid-winter Florida escape we all need. The 10,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style house was transformed in just four months by 22 of the country’s top design firms, who packed it floor to ceiling with vibrant patterns, sophisticated color, and innovative design ideas. And as the exclusive media sponsor, we’re bringing you a first look! The home is located along the Intracoastal Waterway in the South of Southern neighborhood in West Palm Beach, and open for tours through February 20. With proceeds benefitting both the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, it's another beautiful reason to fly south for the winter.
“I love rooms with a traveled and collected feel,” says designer Cindy Rinfret of . “The more time you spend in this room, the more you can discover.” Patterned grasscloth wallpaper and panels—designed in collaboration with —and tiered, gold leaf lighting create a sense of harmony with the entry’s domed, Moroccan-influenced architecture. In the corner, a 1970s original Jansen palm tree adds a playful nod to Palm Beach.
Living room and hallway lighting from Drapery fabrication by .
The Los Angeles-based interior and textile designer dubbed this funky, first-floor lounge Blue Paradise. "It's located right off the soaring living room, so I envisioned this space as a more intimate, 'moodier' room for entertaining," says Peter Dunham of . "I want people to ask themselves: 'what’s going on in here?'" The walls are wrapped in Dunham’s cubist Collage fabric, and serve as a graphic backdrop for mix of modern art. The sectional is upholstered in the designer’s Souk fabric, and the "beaten up old Persian carpet gives the room an Old World, inherited feel," he notes.
Drapery fabrication and window shades by .
“When considering a powder room that’s adjacent to a home’s entertaining spaces, we always think of how it will look in evening light,” says Mark Williams of Atlanta-based firm . “We aren’t afraid to take the rules of scale and contrast and play with them to create unexpected layers of interest and drama.” The metallic wallcovering from gives the space depth and movement, and the duo also mixed in a glass tile with a metallic leaf backing from for an extra layer of luster.
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Stepping up the master staircase is like entering a secret garden. Chirping birds, a trickling fountain, and a verdant living wall give way to classic interior design elements like a tented ceiling and trellis and chinoiserie wall coverings. Lee W. Robinson (of Kentucky-based ) designed the cage, which houses birds named for some of the most influential designers of the 20th century—Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, Elsie de Wolfe, Mario Buatta, and Albert Hadley—while period antiques and modern flush mounts from adorn the hallways. The limestone stairs are layered with a runner by .
Cornice fabrication in stairway by .
“I really wanted to blow the dust off Palm Beach decorating by combining the latest in contemporary artisans with more traditional antiques and rich natural textures,” says New York City interior designer David Scott of , who created an organic foundation with a leather area rug from , lacquered raffia wallpaper from , and neutral drapery fabric and trim from . A painting and a dining table energize the room, along with a set of 1790s chalk-painted French armchairs and a modern chandelier by master glass artist . “I want guests to appreciate the beauty that comes from an eclectic mix of objects, not just decoration,” Scott says.
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At in the Bahamas, there’s a bar called The Little Club that’s the place to convene for after-dinner drinks and spirited conversation—and it’s also the inspiration behind Lee Ann Thornton’s () vibrant study. “I always like to include an area that can be used for cocktails before dinner and later for a nightcap,” says Thornton, who interpreted Palm Beach’s tropical aesthetic through a raspberry and turquoise bird and floral pattern. A sisal Turabian Syrian rug and sculptural coral add extra splashes of coastal cred to this charmingly sophisticated lounge.
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There’s no 24-hour news allowed in this family room—on the contrary, designer David Phoenix () wanted the breezy sitting area to be a break from our digital existences. “If this were my room, I would be in here with my coffee and paper every morning,” Phoenix says. “I wanted a calm, comfortable space for everyone to sit and talk.” For this, he layered varying shades of neutrals and green to pick up the tones of nature outside, and there’s no bad view: all the seating (from ) is oriented toward the water or courtyard. The doors are framed in fabric from , and the paint color on the walls is . The fireplace is carved limestone.
Drapery fabrication and window shades by . Fireplace by .
Vasi Ypsilantis () wanted a kitchen boasting clean lines and a chic European sensibility—to achieve this, she eliminated the vent hood over the range and instead installed a powerful external blower, making the small cookspace feel larger. She also replaced an original peninsula island with one large center island to open up the flow around the kitchen. “I wanted the room to feel traditional and classic, with a nice juxtaposition between materials,” says Ypsilantis, whose firm is based in Manhasset, New York. The handmade cabinets are from Ypsilantis’s new line (she chose to minimize upper cabinetry to keep the design streamlined and open). The kitchen features two sinks, both with fixtures by , with the island sink surround by .
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“It’s the year of the woman, so I wanted to create an updated version of the traditional breakfast room,” says Jessica Schuster of in New York. She reimagined the space as a she-study—a room off the kitchen where the owner can take care of her family, but also use as a haven to escape and create. Schuster drew color and wall inspiration from artists like Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali, using deep black and crisp white as a backdrop for the cerulean blue and cherry red to stand out. Schuster drew the wall design by hand, then had it printed and carved onto wall panels by Canadian company . The result is a clean palette for Schuster’s graphic works of art, alabaster sconce by , and an aluminum bookshelf by Julien Vidame from .
Drapery fabrication and window blinds by
Inspired by the photographs of Nicholas Mele, Ceglia used this passageway to play up the sense of playfulness that has come to define Palm Beach. The hallway is draped in fabric, while a bar at the end of the corridor reinforces the leisurely sensibility. The flooring is faux porcelain plank tile from . An adjoining stairwell features walls covered in Ultrasuede fabric, bringing the look of plaster while adding a textural softness.
Window shades in the bathroom and drapery fabrication in the downstairs hallway, office, and upstairs hallway by .
“I refer to this room as the home’s hideaway,” says Leanne Yarn of in Boca Raton. “It's a great room with a great view, so I wanted to play off the water outside and mix the blue with silver and gold accents.” In keeping with her vision of the space as a cozy haven, she complemented the sofa and armchair seating with a bench seat under a window, complete with custom built-ins. Striped window shades by mingle with a cheerful pattern by , while nods to the Palm Beach locale are woven throughout—pillows with coral motifs, books that pay homage to Palm Beach, and a funky oversized driftwood sconce by .
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On designer Tina Anastasia’s (of ) first visit to the house, she was looking from her space out to the pool and knew immediately what the petite room needed to be: a lively, cabana-style dressing room for poolside guests. The energetic palette of coral, purples, and pinks started with a mosaic wall composed of colorful shell tiles (out of view) and continues with an artful ombré chest and a festive tented ceiling. “I wanted everyone to walk in and get in serious playtime mood,” notes Anastasia.
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“We knew we wanted to create a strong sense of Palm Beach—something that felt current, and reflected the flora and fauna of the area,” says California-based designer Amy Meier (). With this in mind, she hung an iron piece made by that was inspired by an antique gate found in France over the Calacatta emerald marble fireplace by , and added silvery teak furniture from collection covered in fabric from . Meier covered the wall behind the cooking area in handmade ceramic tiles from and stuccoed the base to add natural texture. The wine cellar and grill are by .
Dining table and chairs, sofas, chaises, lounge chairs, and umbrella stands by . Outdoor fabrics by . Appliances by . Fireplace by .
“The color for the room came from an Indian painting I found in Jaipur,” says Jennifer Garrigues of Palm Beach-based design firm. Rich, high-gloss color by flood the walls with tropical color, and a mix of far-flung furnishings and accessories add to the exotic feel. Garrigues upholstered the headboard with a linen fabric from and the bedding was made for the room by . The mirrored bedspread is another of Garrigues’s finds from India. “I imagined creating this space for a very glamorous friend who travels a lot,” says the designer. “I imagine her having a pied-à-terre in a faraway place, where the sun and sand are close and serve as her refuge.”
Sideboards from . Drapery fabrication and shades by .
“My nightly ritual is to walk to the end of the street and watch the sunset,” says Danielle Rollins of . “I saw this room and thought it should be the sunset room.” Her starting point was a vintage Hermes scarf, which she backed with grasscloth and hung in a lucite frame in the room. The ceiling is covered in the same grasscloth, while walls draped with fabric soften the space. Ombré pieces of art from Rollins’s collection with are layered atop the walls. The canopied and curtained bed was designed by Rollins to live indoors or out.
Fabrics on the slipper chairs, headboard, footboard, box spring, bedding, sofa, pillows, wall curtains, bed canopy, shower curtain, outdoor pillows, and canopy trim, along with paperweave and wallpaper, by . Bathroom window treatments, bedroom shades, and shower curtain and drapery fabrication by .
Nashville-based interior designer Jason Arnold () transformed the upstairs media room into a chic, cozy space that feels at once modern and comfortable thanks to its smart mix of vintage and contemporary pieces. “The room was inherently dark, so I decided to take that and run with it,” says the designer. He installed velvet on the walls, and used drapes and blinds to help hide the windows and television. For seating, Arnold included a textured cream sectional from and a vintage wicker chair he sourced from Paris. Arnold designed the shapely cocktail table and sconces himself, and had them made in Nashville. The large photography piece is by .
Drapery fabrication and window blinds by .
“This bedroom had very little character and no trim,” says designer Meg Braff (), who played off the color palette of the iconic Florida locale by custom-coloring one of her wallpapers, , in apricots, pinks, and yellows. “Using a print with a very large repeat, we gave the room more presence.” The low-slung poster bed, adorned in bedding by and upholstered in Braff’s fabric, gives the space an early 1970s vibe—as do the moments of vintage brass, acanthus motifs, caning, lucite, and bamboo. Linear art poses a nice juxtaposition to the wild curves of the botanical pattern.
Window shades and drapery fabrication in the bedroom and bath by .
An upstairs loggia overlooking the home’s pool and backyard got a Palm Beach style refresh thanks to Louise Cronan of . A chrysanthemum pattern by Leslie and D.D. Tillet—which was also on Jackie Kennedy’s chaise lounges in Hyannis Port—adorns the sofa and Turkish ottomans, while a seagrass floor covering and lots of wicker and bamboo add more coastal sensibility. A decoupaged backgammon table brings in a playful moment, as do a palm tree and ceramic frog side tables. Cronan also drew on her love of natural history and incorporated shells and coral onto the coffee and console tables.
Window shades by . Wall sconces by .
David Mitchell Brown used translucent light as a guiding concept for transforming the master bedroom. The draperies’ citrine yellow silk led him to a palette that felt like soft watercolors. “The colors are warm and comfortable at night when you want to go to sleep, but in the morning, they are more energizing,” says Brown, who also wanted to play with the idea of reflectivity with the hand-painted silk wallpaper by . The headboard is upholstered in coal silk panels by , lending deep contrast to the softer colors in the room.
Drapery fabrication and window shades by .
A beautifully-veined marble slab from was the inspiration for Krista Watterworth Alterman’s () color palette, grounding the master bath in luminous whites, rich blacks, and touches of gold. “I wanted the bathroom to feel like a sophisticated lounge,” says Alterman. The Kohler soaking tub fills from the ceiling, and adjacent to this, glass walls encasing a digital shower ensure the floor plan feels open. It also allows natural light and the view of the water to remain unobstructed.
Bench and pouf fabric by .
“The home’s style seemed to call for a symmetrical design, but its proximity to the Lake Worth Intracoastal Waterway required us to be a little more loose,” says Andres Paradelo of . He and Jobe Lopez () worked together to honor the home’s Mediterranean roots by enlivening the its facade with sculpted topiaries, citrus plants, and jasmine. In the backyard, pretty olive trees dot the brick pool deck, and tall hedges add privacy. “We really wanted to create a sense of serenity in both the front and back gardens,” says Paradelo. “The soft formality of the olive trees along the pool’s edge and the strong axial view from the loggia really is quite a sight.”