An Exclusive First Look at the 2023 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach

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Tour the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach Nickolas Sargent

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This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach immerses visitors into the sensory wonderland of South Florida, from its watery vistas and verdant tropical gardens to its effervescent social scene. A team of 21 interior designers and architects turned their creative talents to the sixth-annual show house, a Mediterranean-style estate set in West Palm Beach’s Northwood Shores neighborhood that overlooks the Lake Worth Lagoon.

The waterfront home, a first for the Kips Bay Show House franchise, conjures the joyful, leisurely spirit of the locale, with Florida’s trademark riotous colors living harmoniously among refined neutral schemes accented with warm wicker and rattan. Throughout the more than 9,000-square-foot house, transportive rooms whisk visitors away to lush destinations—from an Italian palazzo in Studio Thomas James’ limestone-clad entryway to the French Riviera in Amanda Lindroth’s aqua blue great room, the African art scene in Delia Kenza’s second-floor landing to The Bahamas in Lindley Arthur’s tangerine powder room.

Grab a cocktail and plan your in-person or virtual visit: the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is open this year from Friday, February 24, until Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m Monday through Sunday. Tickets start at $40 with proceeds benefiting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

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Studio Thomas James’ "White Lotus"Nickolas Sargent

Studio Thomas James’ “White Lotus”

For Dallas-based designer Phillip Thomas Vanderford of Studio Thomas James, the patinaed limestone-clad space that comprises the entry and gallery called to mind not just his own summer sojourns in Italy, but also the mystique of Sicilian architecture popularized in the HBO drama The White Lotus. “It felt as though the lifestyles of Sicily and Palm Beach were one and the same,” he says, adding that he approached what was essentially “a great stone cavity” as it would be approached in Italy: Rather than fighting the architecture, he embraced and embellished it.

For instance on the ceiling, he mimicked Italian frescos with a custom hand-painted Porter Teleo wallcovering accented by beams and molding lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s New London Burgundy. A Murano glass chandelier by Baker Furniture makes a sublime first impression, while a sawtooth-edged runner embellished with a woven crocodile extends a fanciful Florida welcome.

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“The Italians’ flair for mixing in opulent materials and finishes guided our design,” Vanderford adds, noting that just inside the front door, he mixed a Memphis Milano-style bench with MOUS' curved Cassini chests. In the gallery hall, sumptuous burgundy velvet draperies by The Shade Store frame a 19th-century carved marble bust. The result: a Palm Beach foyer flush with the grandeur of an Italian palazzo.

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Lucy Doswell Interiors’ study Nickolas Sargent

Lucy Doswell Interiors’ “The Study”

Libraries are one of Lucy Doswell’s favorite spaces to design. For this Palm Beach residence, she imagined a multifunctional study for working from home and entertaining friends. “I love the aesthetic of old English libraries with gallery walls, lots of personal items, and books. I started by layering that sensibility with contemporary accents and a tropical twist to fit our Florida location,” she says.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based designer centered her vision around a Philip and Kelvin Laverne bronze coffee table borrowed from her grandmother. She covered the ceiling with a peacock blue wallcovering accented with hand-painted gold wave-like patterns as a nod to the watery locale. Painting the molding and trim contrasting shades allowed these architectural details to pop. The tailored gallery wall is anchored by a photograph of Cuban palm trees by Andrew Moore, surrounded by various pieces Doswell found at auctions. “I love a mix of genres, style, time periods,” she says. The playful Fortuny-inspired pendant with a chocolate Samuel & Sons tassel emphasizes ceiling height, while a handmade Indian wool kilim-style rug grounds the room in beautiful geometrics and lends an intriguing air of discovery.

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Lindley Arthur Interiors’ “Pristine Providence”Nickolas Sargent

Lindley Arthur Interiors’ “Pristine Providence”

Dallas designer Lindley Arthur looked to The Bahamas’ Lyford Cay Club to transform the all-stone downstairs powder room into a destination-worthy idyll. “Powder rooms are an opportunity to go overboard and create something special,” says Arthur, who cloaked this one in a tangerine bamboo silhouette motif by Gracie and layered a mix of old and new furnishings so the space would feel like other well layered rooms in the house. Above a reeded walnut vanity hangs an antique Venetian mirror, while rattan wall brackets by Amanda Lindroth display a collection of coral and porcelain parrot sculptures.

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Danielle Rollins Interiors’ “The Cocoa Lounge”Nickolas Sargent

Danielle Rollins Interiors’ “The Cocoa Lounge”

Designer and Palm Beach resident Danielle Rollins traded her signature brights for a “tropical minimalist” palette, with layers of rich textures and organic materials exuding a refined yet relaxed elegance. She transformed the former dining room, set off the entrance hall, into a lounge that pays homage to the dapper Angelo Donghia’s tailored style. Anchoring the room is a vintage rush-and-mahogany armoire designed by her muse, which she has rebranded as a “barmoire.”

Around it Rollins designed a functional seating arrangement that’s as comfortable for aprés swim naps as it is for hosting cocktail hour. Accenting a crisp Kravet sofa, grass cloth Billy Baldwin Studio slipper chairs, and Block Island club chairs are cushions in Rollins’ new batik-inspired Carlyle fabric. She adorned the original limestone walls with a shell mirror by Stephanie Ferguson, surrounded by tropical flower studies in black ink from Renée Bouchon. A white plaster chandelier by Visual Comfort & Co. adds contrast, while textural accents like a rope-wrapped pedestal by Currey & Company bring additional warmth.

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Amanda Lindroth Design’s Great Room Nickolas Sargent

Amanda Lindroth’s Great Room

The spirit of gracious salons inside homes overlooking the French Riviera, like Billy Baldwin’s famous Villa La Fiorentina, inspired Amanda Lindroth’s breezy great room. Here, custom painter Brian G. Leaver adorned mint green walls with a hand-stenciled trellis motif while oversize windows framed in oyster linen draperies with Samuel & Sons trim by The Shade Store offer views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Anchoring the room are “what feels like an inherited collection of important antiques, which any great house would have had,” says Lindroth, who paired Regency-style consoles with Trumeau mirrors and placed Rouge Antique de Gréce marble orchid stands (Cedric DuPont Antiques) between French doors. The designer then layered in her “very particular Amanda DNA” with back-to-back white cotton slipcovered sofas and rattan armchairs for a nod to the tropics. Aqua accents—like China Seas' faux bois Melanie fabric used on throw pillows, a Hollywood at Home ottoman, and glossy lampshades atop brass bamboo floor lamps—embellish the crisp white upholstery and custom pendants by Bungalow Classic.

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Billy Ceglia Designs’ “Le Palmier Blanc”Nickolas Sargent

Billy Ceglia Designs’ “Le Palmier Blanc”

“The tailored, edited style lets people know they’re in Palm Beach without visually distracting from the scenery,” says designer Billy Ceglia, who envisioned an all-white loggia where Corinthian columns frame views of the pool and Lake Worth Lagoon. Part sun deck, part entertaining terrace, the breezy outdoor lounge mixes sculptural furnishings with textural, organic materials. A custom patchwork trellis screen by Fuller Architectural Panels sets a garden-inspired backdrop for the seating area with Brown Jordan’s white bamboo-patterned Calcutta armchairs and sofa centered around a coffee table topped with Cosentino’s matte Dekton Uyuni. Oversize Currey & Company lanterns illuminate the sky-blue ceiling (coated in Ceglia’s signature shade, Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Bluette) after sunset. The restrained palette spills onto the pool terrace, with Brown Jordan chaises and powder-coated tole agave plants. Custom Perennials-covered ottomans provide additional seating for shady post-swim respites.

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Scott Sanders LLC’s “The Palm Beach Story”Nickolas Sargent

Scott Sanders LLC’s “The Palm Beach Story”

The first-floor family room’s waterfront view kickstarted interior designer Scott Sanders’ aquatic blue palette. “I wanted it to be cozy, fresh, and inviting,” says Sanders, who transformed the space into a seaside oasis with azure Phillip Jeffries grass cloth wallcovering, pleated linen draperies and Roman shades by The Shade Store with ombré trim, and a custom Sacco rug. “The stripes evoke oars in water and pull visitors into the room,” he says. To bring his “modern Palm Beach” vision to life, Sanders relied on vintage furnishings and punchy patterns. He refreshed a pair of 1940s rattan armchairs with a bold geometric Pierre Frey fabric, which is carried over to a quartet of vintage dining chairs (scooped up from an old Miami hotel).

Sanders refreshed a vintage reeded game table by repainting it baby blue and replacing the inset glass with saddle leather. “We played with a lot of different materials like rattan, glazed linen, cobalt blue plexiglass, and salmon ceramic lamps to create an elevated everyday living room,” he says. Modern chrome lounge chairs by Holly Hunt and hammered nickel Carlos de la Puente chandeliers lend touches of glamour. Above the navy suede Jean Michel Frank-style sofa hangs artist Lisa Ann Auerbach’s hand-knitted Bookshelves.

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Christopher Peacock’s kitchenNickolas Sargent

Christopher Peacock's Kitchen

“Cooking is only one of the functions a kitchen now serves,” says cabinetry designer Christopher Peacock, adding that he loves using wallcoverings in cookspaces for that very reason. “They’re multifunctional rooms now, so they should be dressed up.” To that end, he wrapped the walls in a luminous metallic brushstroke paper by York Wallcoverings and modernized the kitchen’s outdated features with sleek bleached wood cabinetry and slab-front drawers from Peacock’s Montauk collection), staining the island and wet bar cabinetry slate blue for contrast. Cosentino’s earthy Dekton Onirika in Morpheus Velvet design repeats on counters, backsplash, and vent hood with a shagreen leather-inspired limestone tile cloaking the walls. A trio of basketweave-style Comme Des Paniers Pendants from Currey & Company and woven Brown Jordan barstools continue the organic, textural play. Dapper metal-and-wood hardware finishing the cabinetry, along with sleek Kohler sink fixtures, are like just the right amount of jewelry on sartorial masterpiece. The appliances are Noir by JennAir.

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David Frazier’s “Acanthus Enfilade”Nickolas Sargent

David Frazier’s “Acanthus Enfilade”

Woven throughout David Frazier’s trio of spaces (the laundry, family entry, and powder room) is the New York-based interior designer’s tailored approach to traditionally utilitarian spaces. Soane Britain’s chintz-inspired Scrolling Acanthus pattern brings a sophisticated burst of botanicals to the laundry, with cobalt vines climbing the walls. A matching café-style skirt (fabricated by The Shade Store) descends from a soapstone countertop to lend softness and concealed storage for a compact Whirlpool laundry. “The backsplash and floating ledge makes the room feel more like a front-of-house space,” says Frazier, who imagines the room doubling as a prep space during pool parties.

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David Frazier’s “Acanthus Enfilade”Nickolas Sargent

An elevated spin on high-traffic rooms continues in the adjacent family entry, where moody chocolate walls (Benjamin Moore’s Brown Sugar) balance classic cabana-stripe pleated draperies (The Shade Store) and antique red lanterns.

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Delia Kenza Interiors’ “Perspective”Nickolas Sargent

Delia Kenza Interiors’ “Perspective”

“The room is a culmination of different cultures, with a little bit of Europe and Africa mixed together. Depending on the perspective with which you’re looking at it, it speaks to the person in the space,” says Brooklyn-based designer Delia Kenza. For the transportive second-floor landing, the designer imagined “a person who loves collecting beautiful sculptural objects of both modern and traditional designs,” she says.

Kenza created a trompe l’oeil effect on one of the walls with Gucci wallpaper (reminiscent of Renaissance-era marble buildings) with a large-scale abstract painting by Jason Trotter of Trotter Studio. The statement-making sculptural accents also serve functional purposes, like the seafoam green Pipe Bench by Dune and a rope-inspired chandelier by Luke Lamp Co. hanging from a custom circular ceiling medallion by Fuller Architectural Panels. The airy blue-green walls and trim are Kenza’s nod to Palm Beach, and pleated raw silk draperies by The Shade Store add softness to the gallery-like space.

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Megan Grehl’s “The Silent Coast”Nickolas Sargent

Megan Grehl’s “The Silent Coast”

“This design references the zen-like beauty of living on the water,” says designer Megan Grehl, whose guest bedroom portrays a minimalist yet tranquil coastal design. Layers of transparent linen draperies by The Shade Store envelop the room, allowing dappled sunlight to stream across the space. “The draperies mimic the waves of the ocean and impart serenity,” says the designer, who layered the sheers to encircle a translucent marble, LED-lit bed. “The marble has beautiful movement in its green and purple veining, almost mimicking that of a tide pool,” notes Grehl. Overhead, a trio of translucent acrylic pendants by Lambert & Fils add to the ethereal glow.

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Megan Grehl’s “The Silent Coast”Nickolas Sargent

In the adjoining bath, tranquility continues in travertine tile clad walls that culminate in a smooth plaster flooring and ceiling. “It mimics the sand and the ocean. The materiality itself is calming.”

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Mabley Handler Interior Design’s “Welcome to the Jungle!”Nickolas Sargent

Mabley Handler Interior Design’s “Welcome to the Jungle!”

“You have to see old Florida to understand how the new Florida should be,” says Jennifer Mabley, who reimagined an upstairs guest bedroom with design partner Austin Handler. The duo behind Mabley Handler Interior Design looked to legendary Florida architect Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean vernacular to create a scheme that balances the traditional elegance Palm Beach with comfortable, contemporary flair. A pewter and melon tropical mural by Gracie casts an eternal sunset over the space.

Overhead, sage green treillage traversing the coffered ceiling is accented by a leafy chandelier in a vintage brass finish (Currey & Company) for added garden grandeur. Playful colors and finishes refresh traditional pieces, like the pink-lacquered drop-down writing desk, grey woven canopy bed by Palecek, and burl wood bedside tables by Villa & House. Sculptural cornices in a blue Zoffany velvet (trimmed in coral piping by Samuel & Sons) are paired with shimmery blush-patterned draperies by Harlequin (fabricated by The Shade Store). The vivid coral reef-inspired bench fabric and duvet fabric are also by Harlequin. The peach linen pillow fabric is by Morris & Co.

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Mabley Handler Interior Design’s “Welcome to the Jungle!”Nickolas Sargent

A vibrant Harlequin wallcovering with metallic silver and gold botanicals brings glamour to the adjoining full bath, with sleek Calacatta viola porcelain slabs (Primestones) covering the remaining surfaces for a modern look.

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Honey Collins Interiors’ “A Room with a View”Nickolas Sargent

Honey Collins Interiors’ “A Room with a View”

Stretching across the entire second floor, the terrace’s color story pays tribute to its uninhibited views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Boston-based designer Honey Collins first created a custom 50-foot-long awning to transform the open-air space into an extension of the indoors. Loungers are shielded from strong Florida rays by an aquamarine Perennials canopy, trimmed with a square valance and transparent curtains and crowned by a Currey & Company bamboo-inspired chandelier.

Meanwhile, Collins utilized every inch of the terrace by creating three zones for entertaining: a dining area, a cocktail bar, and a corner sitting area. A sectional covered in Raoul Textiles’ Miramar Sea linen fabric is as inviting for an afternoon nap as it is for an evening night cap. A rattan accent chair from Circa Who, matte white stools from Janus et Cie, and Billy Baldwin Studio slipper chairs can be pulled up for entertaining. The sisal rug’s hand-painted geometric design is by Mary Meade Evans.

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Stephen Mooney Interiors’ “Birdie’s Study”Nickolas Sargent

Stephen Mooney Interiors’ “Birdie’s Study”

Local designer Stephen Mooney reimagined a water-facing guest bedroom into an eclectic, colorful study inspired by a favorite client. “The space is fit for a businesswoman with a love of travel and gardening,” says Mooney. The verdant fruit-and-foliage Gracie wallcovering nods to her green thumb, while a cerused oak cabinet filled with collected curiosities tells tales of her journeys across the globe. New pieces live harmoniously alongside old furnishings, like an acrylic coffee table in conversation with a pair for French Art Deco-style chairs. A sitting area grounds Birdie’s whimsical retreat, with a Brunschwig & Fils loveseat with an ikat trim (Samuel & Sons) for curling up with a book as well as a mélange of mismatched seating (clad in exuberant patterns) for hosting an intimate gathering with friends. An antique crystal chandelier adds a dash of sparkle representative of the room’s effervescent muse.

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Katherine Shenaman Interiors’ “Primary Vision in Blue”Nickolas Sargent

Katherine Shenaman Interiors’ “Primary Vision in Blue”

“My goal was to create a glamorous experience with a sense of livable luxury,” says Palm Beach designer Katherine Shenaman. The primary suite’s bird’s-eye views of the intracoastal waterway inspired designer transportive vestibule, where Gracie’s Waves wallpaper “carries you into an oasis,” she says. The existing mahogany parquet flooring inspired the handsome morning bar’s walnut cabinetry, which artfully conceals JennAir fridge drawers. The morning bar's brass Kohler fixtures hint at the glamour awaiting around the corner.

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Katherine Shenaman Interiors’ “Primary Vision in Blue”Nickolas Sargent

The primary suite’s vestibule leads to an opulent dressing room wrapped on three sides with floor-to-ceiling California Closets wardrobes outfitted in linen and embellished with brass serpentine handles. A plush area rug with subtle, sinuous patterning becomes a chic sartorial stage along a wall of brass-framed mirrors. Velvet teal and peach chairs invite lounging sit opposite a geometric distressed oak chest (Currey & Company), while fluted silver leaf sconces (also by Currey & Company) echo a vibrant abstract Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa ceiling paper, reminiscent of strobe lights dancing across a buzzy Palm Beach’s cocktail bar.

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Katie Ridder’s “Garden Bedroom”Nickolas Sargent

Katie Ridder Inc.’s “Garden Bedroom”

The lush waterfront oasis surrounding the home comes alive within New York-based Katie Ridder’s primary bedroom. “Blues and greens were the natural choice of colors,” says the designer, who envisioned a sophisticated room layered with comfort and joyful details. Custom de Gournay wallpaper with flourishes of shimmery green palm fronds and native bluebirds immerses the bedroom into a tropical island scene. “The wallpaper is quieter so the fabrics could be more saturated,” says Ridder.

The Florida sun shines perpetually with chartreuse draperies (The Shade Store) and matching Christopher Spitzmiller table lamps. The designer utilized the generously sized space by creating a multipurpose bedroom with three practical, yet beautifully relaxed living areas illuminated by a geometric rattan chandelier by Currey & Company. A turquoise velvet embroidered headboard anchors the canopy bed, surrounded by green-striped transparent curtains finished with complementary grosgrain ties and outfitted in custom Leontine Linens bedding. A secretaire with a rattan Bielecky Brothers chair provides a quiet spot for answering emails, while a whimsical seating area features an emerald sofa adorned with aqua caterpillar-like trim and red rattan coffee table.

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Paladino Rudd Interior Design’s “Silent Mode”Nickolas Sargent

Paladino Rudd Interior Design’s “Silent Mode”

“Cell phones can be such a distraction in life, and we wanted to create a sanctuary that gave visitors permission to take time for themselves and relax,” says Allison Paladino. With design partner Zita Rudd, the duo behind Palm Beach-based Paladino Rudd Interior Design reimagined the primary bath into a serene, spa-like escape. The team clad the walls and floor with Cosentino’s textural Dekton Rem, which is accented with brown veining and hints of gold. Bleached walnut vanities with recessed backlit mirrors, hand-crafted by RG Woodworks, along with hand-painted Ricci Studio wallpaper depicting vines and geometric flowers, invite nature inside. The hand-blown glass chandelier by Ochre hangs like a celestial canopy over the Kohler soaking tub, with a soothing water feature that becomes a natural soundtrack for the space. The sequin-studded floral painting Jarden Chromed by artist Stanley Casselman and fashion designer Naeem Khan hanging above the navy velvet banquette (Perennials) lends luminous yet understated glamour. The Roman shades are by The Shade Store, and the rug is by Perennials.

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Errez Design Studio’s Welcome BarNickolas Sargent

Errez Design Studio’s Welcome Bar

To imagine a luxurious landing pad fit for travelers (a present-day Henry Flagler, perhaps), husband-and-wife team Ruben and Katie Gutierrez of Errez Design applied their philosophy of “biographical design,” creating spaces that are an extension of their clients’ self-expression. Here, says Ruben, a mythical underwater world meets Gilded Age glamour meets contemporary sensibility. A gold leaf Ann Sacks wall tile painted with a coral-inspired mural carries guests from the staircase to the bold, whimsical welcome bar. “The rich color scheme is very cozy, almost like a hug when you get upstairs,” says Ruben. “It’s the folly of the house.” A curvy lilac settee faces a strawberry-lacquered bar topped with berry-veined marble waterfall countertops. The welcome bar's built-in undercounter JennAir beverage center invites guests to help themselves to refreshments and unwind from traveling. A scalloped rose cornice (The Shade Store, with flat Roman shades) lends a playful touch. “And the artwork speaks to the idea of escape, with feminine figures lost in their own worlds,” says Rueben.

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Eneia White Interiors’ “Modern Romance”Nickolas Sargent

Eneia White Interiors’ “Modern Romance”

A love letter to fellow hopeless romantics, Eneia White’s enchanting pastel guest bedroom sets the stage for a present-day fairy tale. “I imagined this space for someone who’s a dreamer,” says the New York-based designer, who envisioned a romantic garden setting by wrapping the walls in a Sanderson print blossoming with silver and lilac blooms, inspired by an archive document of oil-painted bouquets, and laying a grandmillennial-inspired floral rug by Stark underfoot. The cabana-style canopy bed commands the room, wrapped in shutters painted Prescott Green by Benjamin Moore. “It feels like a home within a home,” says White, who hung a bell jar lantern into the interior for a cozy glow. Embroidered peach draperies trimmed in pompoms by The Shade Store add a subtle flirty detail, while cerused woodgrain nightstands echo the amethyst ceiling.

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Eneia White Interiors’ “Modern Romance”Nickolas Sargent

A happy-go-lucky lover’s rose-colored lens extends to the adjoining bath, where vintage-inspired pink Kohler fixtures accented with brass finishings bring added whimsy. To refresh the retro pieces, White installed an abstract blue-and-white wallcovering by Belarte Studio with matching café curtains (The Shade Store) and laid geometric marble-and-terrazzo tile flooring.

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Amy Studebaker Design’s “Primrose Park”Nickolas Sargent

Amy Studebaker Design’s “Primrose Park”

Tucked away on the second floor, a secret garden awaits guests within St. Louis, Missouri-based designer Amy Studebaker’s bedroom. Soane Britain’s Lisiuex Rose blossoming chintz pattern, featuring petite florets inspired by an 18th-century French quilt, inspires a verdant meadow along the walls and windows (by way of tailored-pleat drapery by The Shade Store). Sage trim (Benjamin Moore’s Salisbury Green) draws eyes to the ceiling’s treillage finish (created by Fuller Architectural Panels).

Studebaker envisioned a multipurpose guest room for resting and relaxing. The ceiling-height twin canopy bed, dressed in embroidered Dea Fine Linens, with subtle striped draperies can become a cozy reading nook with brass Serena & Lily sconces. An opulent pink velvet sofa with playful tassel trim (Samuel & Sons) adds another spot for travelers to unwind. “I love a space that feels collected. My approach to design starts with falling in love with furniture,” says Studebaker, who adored the Soane Britain rattan ripple console for its garden charm.

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Lang Design Group’s “Island Folly”Nickolas Sargent

Lang Design Group’s “Island Folly”

Landscape architect John Lang of Lang Design Group returned the home’s neglected, overgrown landscape to its former glory through imaginative reuses of existing plant material. “Our design is tropical and eclectic with some elements of formality and symmetry,” says Lang. He created a warm, colorful welcome at the front door, for example, by dressing the trunks of palm trees with espaliered indigo orchids.

Lang dressed up other original plantings to entice visitors’ eyes, like reshaping a 20-foot orange hibiscus and dressing original privet trees with Edison-bulb string lights, while adding modern touches like an aluminum sculpture by Alexander Krivosheiw in the motor court. The landscape loosens as visitors wander to the back of the residence, which Lang kept purposefully simple to highlight the waterfront view.

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