Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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."

One of the homes featured, Old Bethesda-By-The-Sea, is where Interior Designer Celerie Kemble grew up!

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!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Forever Grateful...

On the occasion of my 57th Birthday I want to express my gratitude for the countless blessings in my life!

My Mom showed me this photo of my 3 brothers and I back in the day. I think it was in the 1970's or 1980's, I'm not quite sure but it certainly made my day!!!

 Thank you everyone for the lovely birthday sentiments today via phone, mail, text, and facebook. 

All your well wishes mean the world to me!