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!


Karena said...

Terri I love this book! It is such a gem and could not put in down either!! Thanks for a great feature , a definite addition to anyone's library!

The Arts by Karena

Anonymous said...

Terri thanks for the tip, it really seems to be a great book. This Palm Beach style is something that I would define like “Every home should have a sense of place” ; it is full of shine, it has touches of the is amazing. I love it, to be honest!
When I saw the pics, my mind run directly to our colorful rugs from Nepal which for me have the same enthusiastic attitude like this style: . Isn’t it? :D We work directly with artisans and make sure everyone knows the origin of their rug. I hope you will like them! :)