Editor’s note: Today’s outfit is a blouse by Caroline Constas, skirt by Theory, and shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
Happy Wednesday!!! Since Wednesday is my Dallas day.... I wish someone could tell the weather man to hold rain off till Thursdays............. Oh well...just can’t wear my prettiest shoes. I really think better in pretty shoes— so this is a bit of a problem that I will simply have to overcome. Even my least favorite shoes are pretty enough. I have a theory about ugly shoes... if there were none to buy in the world then no one would have them on!!! Dream on Kay! I feel the same way about furniture .... there is so much out there that hurts me. I guess to each their own! We are trudging thought the rain today to go to my Dallas client’s house to check dimensions before we pull the trigger. I only had a tiny set of plans that I had to use readers and a magnifying glass to draw the rooms to scale. I think they are right on... but I will fell better to compare my rooms to the actual. I already found out that the master bedroom that was 17.5 x 17.5 on the plans is actually 10.5 x 20. When I drew it it didn’t look right from my memory of the room. Thank goodness my client has a huge tape measure and was verifying measurements for me. I have art picked out that I want to walk around and place in my mind. One of my favorite parts except the choosing of fabrics. We are also looking at rug options that I have found. When I worked at The Market people called me the rug lady because I sold so many. I have a real thing for rugs and after all of these years I am quite knowledgeable. Even tough it is raining and Lacie Rue had to stay home...it should be a fun day!
The article today is from the new Elle Decor that I just received yesterday. The article is on a legendary 1920s Palm Beach house built by the famous architect Marion Sims Wyeth who designed over 100 houses in Palm Beach over half a century. Manhattan art adviser Heidi McWilliams and her husband stumbled across this home when looking for a furnished home to lease for a month or so. This house was once half of a larger home that was divided and bulldozed in the aftermath of the Great Depression. The architectural details are so amazing.... it really makes me sad that its other half was torn down because of money. Apparently this was common in Palm Beach at the time. With the help of architect Andrew Scott Kirschner and designer Sam Ewing , McWilliams made this historic house her own. Enjoy this treasure of a home and have a super “hump day!”
The original ceiling in this living room......OMG!!!!!! So many details to discuss about this room! The original mantel was very large... so it was replaced with a 16th-century Italian limestone mantel that is more in keeping with the room in everyone’s opinion. ( I would have liked to have seen the original even though this one is jaw dropping!) McWilliams is a pro at mixing contemporary art with antiquities. The stainless steel mirror over the mantel by Anish Kapoor is blended in the room with a 1960 Henry Moore bronze and Egyptian vessels on the Rose Tarlow table. Sam Ewing kept things simple in the room not to take away from the architecture. This room is 30 feet long..... oh my!
The stone treads on the staircase where switched out with limestone... but the railing is original . The chair is 18th-century Italian mixed in the room with a 1960 Joan Mitchell oil painting and a stacked 2012 bronze by Tony Cragg. Amazing mixture of old and new!!!
The rustic ceiling in the dining room was replaced with the highest grade of cypress and stained a deeep red. The trompe l’oeil panels are based on the floor-border mosaic in the billiard room at the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. Talk about a detail and a story !!!! McWilliams said this is not the most romantic room in the house . The table top is by Hooly Hunt and the chairs are Rose Tarlow. Amazing room!!
A close up of the living room. You can see the detail of the ceiling.... I cannot get enough of it!! The Clarence House fabric on the arm chairs I recognize —-I have used it before in an executive’s office. Don’t ask me why I can remember where I placed fabrics... but I will forget the name of a person that I met at a party. The lamps placed on the Rose Tarlow commodes were made from 19th-century stone pillars. The attention to detail in this house is outstanding! The artwork over the sofa is by Jason Martin.
Calm and elegant master bedroom. The headboard is covered in a C&C MIlano fabric mixed with a damask by Zimmer + Rohde. The artwork is by Nabil Nahas. The chaise by George Smith looks so inviting.
Powder rooms should be a jewel box—- and this is no exception. The tiles on the wall are antique encaustic from L’Antiquario. The sink and faucet are by P.E.Guerin and the pendant from Paul Ferrante. There was no expense spared in this house!!!
In the office a 1930s desk is paired with Dessin Fournier chairs . The view outside with the lions on the window sill is wonderful.
The original fountain was designed by Wyeth for the swimming pool. Yes and thank you to lounging beside this pool!!! In fact... I think I would have to take 2 hours to myself to take in all of the architectural features of this house and the furnishings!!! The furnishings are the “who’s who’s” of the design world. Outstanding!!
Gorgeous outdoor loggia with more architectural details with the pesky cypress beams and the detail on the walls at the foot of the beams. The artwork is by Maren Kloppmann. The furniture from Sutherland and McGuire. The soft blue in the Perennials rug, the pillows, and accessories add just the right touch. Bravo on this incredible home!!!!!!!
“A LEGENDARY 1920S PALM BEACH HOUSE IS A SHOWCASE FOR A STRIKING ART COLLECTION” article featured in Elle Decor May 2019 Issue
BY NANCY HASS
Dinner was bacon wrapped filet with steamed greened beans.