This year’s Red Cross Designer’s Palm Beach Show House, part of the Traditional Home Show House tour sat a pebble’s toss from Lake Worth and was filled top to bottom by Palm Beach area designers to showcase just how much fun one can have with color. One of the most comfortable rooms was designed by Lisa Erdmann of Lisa Erdmann Associates. With a nod to the Old English West Indies using dark woods and rattan, she combined vibrant happy colors with modern patterns for a pleasing departure from the expected sherbert vision of Palm Beach. What can one take away from a designer showhouse? Details such as this nailhead trim defining the wallpapered ceiling. Gorgeous. Some say no blue in a dining room, but I totally disagree. Blue is a fantastic backdrop to showcase food. Mimi Masri of MMDesigns LLC., followed protocol to produce a proper Palm Beach table, every item coordinates. The upstairs hall set the stage for more personal spaces. Here is a happy chevron working with an ikat on the ottoman and hand-crafted shell mirror on the wall, so chic. This formal garden spot on the rooftop terrace was a pleasant surprise. But the backyard held the biggest surprise. Look closely at the live wall… These are little felt-like pockets all stitched together to form the basis of a live garden wall. Plants are artfully tucked in with a bit of soil and voila, perfect living screen/fence.
Island style always has color. Island style exhibits a mix of casual and sophisticated. Textures such as rattan, seagrass, coir, shells and grasscloth are signature characteristics of decorating in the island style. Last but never forgotten, always add a touch of whimsy to take an interior to a happy place.