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Palm Beach Luncheon To Be Full Of Decorating Advice

Posted on March 08 2019

By Carleton Varney- Special to the Palm Beach Daily News

It’s always fun to talk to people about what you love. And that’s why I so enjoy speaking engagements that allow me to share my advice about creating rooms that are not only stylish but also livable.

On Thursday, I’ll be talking about just that at a fundraising luncheon sponsored by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at the Beach Club in Palm Beach. This year is the 30th anniversary of the event.

My talk will be about how you can find your own decorating style. And there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

The luncheon’s proceeds will help fund operating costs and programs for children served at the Northwest Community Center on North Rosemary Avenue in West Palm Beach. Those programs include art and design classes and workshops — subjects that are very dear to me.

So what might I address during my talk?

Color, I believe, is the most important of all the decorating tools. But can you guess why I prefer painting small rooms dark colors such as pine-tree green, garnet red, and sable brown? And what about painted floors — are they easy to care for?

Windows are the eyes of the house. But there are so many ways to dress them. How can we best decide whether they should be treated in contemporary, period, or traditional interiors?

They say brown furniture — including fine antiques — is out of fashion right now. But is that really true? And why is white and painted furniture so popular? Are breakfronts out of date? And what about china — should it be shown in that breakfront?

I believe that family heirlooms should be passed down from generation to generation whenever possible. But how do we best make decisions about whether we should sell grandmother’s prized rug or her antique hall stand?

1 comment

  • Wendy Skruck: March 11, 2019

    Love all your articles ! Your advice regarding color is always so helpful !! Thank you!!

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