Posted on May 31 2019
Posted on May 24 2019
Let’s talk about the brave new world of decorating and consider where we’re headed — or at least where some of us are headed.
A week ago, I was chatting with some young decorators — or interior designers, as some might prefer to be called these days — and one said the White House’s interiors were gaudy. The Blue Room, the Green Room and the Red Room, I was told, were all gaudy and outdated because “no one does color these days.”
Posted on May 17 2019
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Posted on April 12 2019
“Chiquita Banana” was a song I learned as a child and I also learned that one never puts a banana in the refrigerator unless you want the skin to turn brown.
I noticed while strolling South Dixie Highway’s Antique Row that Chiquita Banana was dressing up the windows of Judy Baron’s shop, The Brass Scale. In fact, that big banana was front and center, along with a watermelon painting on the wall above a small sofa accented with lemon and lime fabric throw pillows. It is always fun visiting Judy’s popular atelier of fantasy antiques and vintage wear.
Posted on April 05 2019
Posted on March 29 2019
Posted on March 22 2019
Posted on March 15 2019
On Sunday, we celebrate the shamrock — and everything else green — with the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day.
Now, I do love the poinsettia of Christmas and the red rose of Valentine’s Day, but the shamrock is so special — my favorite color of all is green. From banana-leaf green to pine-tree green and all the other in-between greens — lime, chartreuse, mint, granny smith apple, deep sea green. Oh, I could go on and on.
Posted on March 04 2019
Posted on February 22 2019
If you’re browsing the antique shops on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach or if you spend a Saturday or Sunday visiting the showroom at Kofski Estate Sales, you’ll most likely pass interior designer Gil Walsh’s new offices on the corner of Bunker Road.
The large white sign and the lovely white building at 5505 S. Dixie Highway is the decorating and design studio of one of Palm Beach’s star designers. Gil is a shorthand name for Marigil, a name created by her mother.
Posted on February 15 2019
We are several weeks into 2019, and that means design-related companies have made their predictions for the color of the year.
The paint company Benjamin Moore has selected a color titled Metropolitan as its of-the-moment tone. You might not know it from its name, but Metropolitan is a very stylish gray with cool undertones, a color I suspect that today’s millennials will be using to drench the walls of their condominiums and houses. Grays — in all sorts of tones — are certainly favorites in the decorating world these days.
Posted on February 08 2019
Posted on January 25 2019
Posted on January 18 2019
I wish Brownie McLean, who died at age 101 on Jan. 9, could be here to hear the many stories people are telling about her and her many escapades, including a few that I might add.
She may have been a Palm Beach social icon, but I knew her as a friend who just happened to be a client.
Posted on January 04 2019
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to read more, I heartily recommend "Popovers and Candlelight", a new can't-put-it-down book by Marcia Biederman (SUNY Press, $19.95).
It is the story of the rise and fall of Patricia Murphy, a restaurateur who truly captured the imagination of the social and traveling public. The book is subtitled: "Patricia Murphy and the Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire".
Posted on December 28 2018
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Posted on September 28 2018
From puffy to layered, from dense ripples to small shapes floating gently by, clouds are almost always on view in Palm Beach that range in colors from deep slate to light gray, not to mention those bright white puffs.
Clouds also have made their way into the home of many Palm Beachers, whether they’re depicted on ceiling and wall murals or on fabric and wallpapers.
Posted on September 22 2018
Posted on September 14 2018
I was so saddened to learn last week of the death of painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan, a friend who was well-known to many a Palm Beacher for his lavish portraits.
Mr. Cowan, who died at 86 Sept. 4 in West Palm Beach, was prolific, working on canvas after canvas during his lifetime. His color and sepia portraits captured some of the world’s most powerful and popular personas — Johnny Mathis, Debbie Reynolds and royal families, including the Sultan of Brunei and Monaco’s Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and Prince Albert.
Posted on August 31 2018
Posted on August 24 2018
I have always loved hardware stores. I’m not thinking of the big warehouse stores of today, although they certainly serve their purpose if you need the widest selection possible.
No, I’m more partial to smaller mom-and-pop hardware shops that recall days gone by, where one could find everything from paint to brushes, from garden tools to saws and nails. And that’s not to mention garden furniture, kitchen utensils, seeds for the garden, clocks, candles, toilet brushes, bath mats and even stoppers for sinks.
Posted on August 17 2018
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Posted on August 03 2018
Every so often, I see a house I think is special, particularly one painted in a manner that takes me by surprise. There are many lovely sections of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, where the owners of properties go the extra mile to say “welcome home” with plantings, color selection, pathways, garden furniture or with door decorations.
Posted on July 19 2018
Posted on July 06 2018
I was, once upon a time, a Boy Scout. I remember crafting with my cubs. I believe those crafting lessons helped lead to my days as a decorator. Teaching woodworking to young boys — making a tie rack, book ends or a wall plaque on which alphabet letters, made of strands of spaghetti, were applied — was a beginning of my love of design.
Posted on June 29 2018
Independence Day is approaching, so to all I send greetings for a happy Fourth of July next week. It's that time of year when we honor our country, our freedom and the red, white and blue - although we really should do that every day, Shouldn't we?
Posted on June 21 2018
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