“ARTFULLY CURATED IN PALM BEACH”
An Asian/Art Deco inspired home in Palm Beach
Approaching this project, I was faced with the challenge of working with an existing extensive collection within one home.
The interior spatial architecture was proportionately large, but the rooms were filled with too many furnishings to fill the spaces, resulting in a cluttered environment.
MY VISION WAS TO EDIT TO THE BEST AND GET RID OF THE REST.
After editing and curating a new and improved collection, I then arranged selected furnishings in the home so that they had spatial relationships to the room, as well as to each other. After developing the floor plan, I created textures and backdrops for the rooms in wallcoverings, fabric treatments, and artwork.
THE END RESULT WAS A HOME THAT SINGULARLY SHOWCASED MY CLIENT’S LIFELONG COLLECTION IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LIGHT. IN OTHER WORDS, HER HOME REFLECTED THE BEST VERSION OF HER.
When walking through the front entryway of this home, you are immediately welcomed into a sacred space by the Phillip Jeffries granite wallcovering. This seamless wallcovering that envelops the room gives the sense that you are surrounded by granite stone on all sides. The vintage Murano glass chandelier hovers above you as the Drew Tal welcomes you into the home (represented by Fremin Gallery). The Verdi custom area rug is made of stainless steel, copper, and sisal. If you are unfamiliar with Verdi, let me share with you this amazing Colombian company. They weave beautiful rugs using materials such as stainless steel and copper with sisal.
With the combination of the deco furniture collection and the influence of Asian accessories and artwork in mind, I went with an Indochine inspiration with the humility of a Phillip Jeffries Island Raffia wallcovering for the walls.
MOROCCAN LANTERNS ARE ONE OF MY SIGNATURE DESIGN ELEMENTS; I LOVE THEM BECAUSE THEY CREATE A SENSE OF EPHEMERALITY AND ROMANCE WITHIN THE SPACE.
On the other side of the main sofa, a mammoth-scale antique handwoven crane artwork anchors the room. “Chinese Red” is a consistent element throughout this home. From the heads of the two cranes, to the authentic, handwoven obi used as a runner, this color provides a sense of continuity throughout the home.
I applied a subtle texture, Chainmail by Phillip Jeffries, to the walls. With its quiet weave of string over foil, it creates a magical backdrop that only becomes more interesting as you approach it. The artwork by Drew Tal of Fremin Gallery adds a mysterious narrative to the room, while the authentic deco chairs covered in linen and Scalamandré begin a narrative that echoes the orient express. It’s not a driving theme, but a quiet inspiration to the overall design of the home. To balance the posh deco lines, I anchored the room with the humble material of a sisal rug by Verdi. The sectional by Verellen is an asymmetrical, contemporary, and incredibly comfortable complement to any family room.
IN THE DINING ROOM, I UPHOLSTERED THE CHAIRS IN LEE JOFA, PURCHASED AN ANTIQUE HAND EMBROIDERED KIMONO AND DECONSTRUCTED IT TO CREATE THE BACK PANELS TO THE DINING ROOM CHAIRS.
I believe that levity is an element that should exist in every home. In this instance, the Murano handblown glass Cranes are caught mid-migration, walking across the deco dining room table. Because of the composition of the neighboring wall, I designed this 8’x6’ custom mirror to create drama.
Since the massive master bedroom wasn’t built in human scale, creating an environment that made it feel restful was a challenge. First, I covered the walls in Phillip Jeffries glam grass. I then took Kelly Wearstler’s slubby raw silk and used it for both the duvet and the fabric hanging on the feature wall, anchoring my client’s leucite bed while creating temple vibe. To build upon this temple theme, I chose to hang Murano glass pendants on either side of the bed in lieu of bedside lamps.