All it took was one look at this cover with those amazing parasols in their elephant stands set against a background of glorious glossy green palms and I was promptly whisked away to the wonderful whimsical world of Palm Beach Chic!
This gorgeous book arrived on my doorstep this afternoon and I simply could not put it down!
I was transfixed by the exuberance and creativity exhibited within its pages.
As Jennifer Ash Ruddick writes in the Introduction, "These homes and their magnificent gardens aren't slavish copies of interior design magazines or decorators' dictates but testaments to what can be achieved when inspired by the natural beauty of a unique locale and when imagination is one's only limitation."
I wholeheartedly agree with her!
I think I must have lived a prior life in Palm Beach because this fanciful, whimsical, outside the box style completely resonates with me.
It's rare for me to find a decorating book that gets better and better with each turn of the page.
Jennifer, a long time Palm Beach resident, takes us on an insider's tour of twenty-five homes in and around Palm Beach.
These remarkable residences include newly restored Mediterranean Revival fantasies by legendary Palm Beach architects Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, and Marion Sims Wyeth, cozy cottages nestled amid tropical foliage, an exotic Moorish casbah (my favorite), postmodern villas, homes that are ideal settings for extraordinary collections of cutting-edge art, a sprawling ranch, and Mad Men-era vintage condos.
Take my word... this is a must read and a beautiful book that you are going to want to revisit often!