Welcome back to our coverage of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. In our first three installments, we have shared the work of thirteen of the twenty four acclaimed designers, each of whom took part in designing an area of stunning 1920’s Mediterranean Revival estate. If you are just tuning into our coverage, the first, second and third installments can be found here, here and here.
All designers featured in this series have generously donated their energy and expertise to help raise funds for The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, an organization that offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for children and young people throughout the Bronx and 17 across Palm Beach County.
Today, we will visit spaces designed by five extremely talented designers each with their own take on Palm Beach Chic.
Sarah Bartholomew Design
Layers of styles and references blend to create a nuanced boudoir design fit for a king. In designer Sarah Bartholomew’s “Brighton Pavillion,” she imagined an “Englishman’s home in Tangier,” taking her cues from the Ottoman inspired British Palace. For her design, she has incorporated a variety of styles including Indian, European, Moorish and Chinese to create a restful and yet richly textured room “enveloped in an exotic English garden”. Hints of gold throughout add to the regal feeling of the room while the wicker and floral touches create a laid back mood.
In their positively dreamy space aptly titled “Toddler’s Haven,” Damour Drake designers Maryline Damour and Mel Jones Jr. have created an ideal room for a young person to let their creativity blossom. Whimsical details such as the fluffy white clouds adorning the ceiling reference “views of palms and sky” combining a nod to both the location of the home as well as to a child’s natural love of the beauty of the world around them. Custom furniture by Mel Jones Jr. and an immersive art installation created in collaboration with artists round out a perfectly charming child’s bedroom.
A lush and verdant color palate gives Amanda Reynal’s terrace hideaway a cheerful appeal. “There is nothing more delightful than a lush outdoor room with the protection and comforts of the indoors” explains the designer. Her nod to old world Palm Beach is evident in the luxurious salon overlooking the pool and stunning gardens below. Under the tasseled awning, this private space offers respite from the outside world. A perfect place to relax with morning coffee or an evening night cap amid the classic color combination of yellows, pinks and greens, the space could not feel more Palm Beach.
Tiffany Brooks Interiors
The “soul of Palm Beach nostalgia” is immediately evident in the playful space designed by Tiffany Brooks Interiors. Her “Bloom Lounge” which began as a spare bedroom has been given renewed energy as an “escapement of indulgence and imagination… a place to immerse yourself musically with the warmth and richness of a vintage record player, an opulent leather and brass-clad chaise lounge is suspended from the ceiling- taking your leisure to another level; literally and figuratively.” Inspired by the garden of Eden, vibrant greens offset by crisp white details truly do give the room a garden like feel.
Philip Gorrivan Design
In his feast for the eyes, “Sala Exotico”, designer Philip Gorrivan creates a richly textured and “intimate space for entertaining, gathering, or solitary moments.” Drawing inspiration from Italian modernism, Brazilian design and the spirit of Palm Beach, the resulting space is vibrant and energizing. Bruyère wallpaper by Fromental sets the tone with its large scale abstract floral design in bright purples and greens, colors that are echoed through the room in the Erik Lindstrom rug and Roman shades by The Shade Store. A Promemoria Cubetto armchair in rich blue and lamps from Saint-Louis in deep amber ground the space.
Join us next time as we conclude our visit to the Decorator Show House celebrating the work of the remaining designers at this year’s Palm Beach location.
Text by Liana Hayles Newton / Lead photo 2022 © Nickolas Sargent Photography