Penthouse Panache

After the wedding we headed over to Naples for a quality couple of days with my parents. I felt very lucky that we were able to take some time to enjoy one another away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.   We enjoyed beach walks, delicious meals and at the generosity of our friends we were able to check out the model units in their current development, Moraya Bay.  The units were stunning and fresh. From the views, to the attention to detail, to the personality that was given to the space, I was seriously impressed. The design of this unit was done by W Design out of Cleveland. 

The living room done in stunning neutrals. Behind the sofa is a banquet with custom wine built-ins and wood paneled detailing.

The dining area is off the living room with a TV/cozy nook behind me. I really am digging the color of the kitchen cabinet. The bold, turquoise china cabinet really pops in the space and adds a little element of the unexpected.  Scott even commented on the chunky grass cloth wallcovering and getting his attention, well, it says a lot.

Pretty much was obsessed with this countertop detail.

Love the large scaled backsplash.

Okay where to begin. Upholstered walls with double nailhead detailing. Nightstands with formal hardware in a more casual wood. Ceiling. Splashes of chartreuse.

Just because I think you need an up close & personal with this trim detail.

Custom built-in. Fabulous hardware.

 This looks like a very freeing bathing experience.

Love the shape of this sink.

Powder Room.

Entry off the elevator. I love how they divided the space, yet kept the feeling very open and not at all dark or closed off.

Going back to the guest bedrooms there is this desk nook. It was a great way to keep the floor plan feeling open and not boxy.

LOVE the use of this bird wallpaper. Animals always add a sense of humor to interiors.

Apparently, the purple color palette was inspired by the colors found in a barnacle.  The ceiling mounted light fixtures are a great way to free up nightstand space. The grass cloth is great.

I liked how they did the grass cloth on the bed wall, but then integrated some more classic trim detail on this wall.

Seriously gorg tile.

The unbelievable horse painting above the dresser is done by our most talented friend, Heather.

Another one of Heather's beautiful and moody paintings.

A view from the top. We all left feeling very inspired by the decor, but also the amazing amenities that Moraya Bay had to offer. We were very grateful that we were able to spend sometime exploring the unit, but also soaking up the rays down on their beach.  All in all it was a wonderful trip!

Wonderful World

Often times after a weekend filled with family and friends I am reminded, once again, how lucky I am to have such wonderfully supportive and fun people in my life.  This past weekend was no exception to the rule.  A bunch of us Northerners gathered down in Palm Beach to celebrate the nuptials of  a fantastic couple. The beauty of a destination wedding is that it takes everyone out of their natural element and puts them all on vacation together.  I am not sure if my shift into vacation mode came when I was driving along the ocean in our rented minivan, listening to the smooth listening channel (ya know, the hits of yesterday and today type of station) with the sun beaming on my arms, or eating french fries in a bikini. Both of these things I do not have the pleasure of doing too often.  It's nice to break the routine.

We kicked the festivities off on Friday at a luncheon celebrating the bride.  It was delicious and gorgeous, but I think the show stopper might have been the personalized cookies you see above.  The fantastic drawing on the cookie was the image on the save the date and is the talented work of our friend, Paige. I mean come on. I know I am not a pastry chef, but a drawing? On a Cookie? Whoa. As with most weddings, the activities followed the activities and everyone chatted the afternoon and evening away.


















So much of design is focused on atmosphere. Some might argue that atmosphere and ambiance are everything. No matter the grandeur or scale of an interior, there are always measures that can be taken to make a space feel individual, intimate and inviting. Ah ha! Maybe those are the three I's of Interior Design?! Anyway, the environment on Saturday night was an outstanding example of how our surroundings play such a crucial role in defining the tone and mood of an event. The Spanish style architecture, brought to life in Palm Beach by Mizner, has become the quintessential "Palm Beach" look. In recent times, when an indigenous style of architecture is recreated and brought to life it can typically be of the mass scale that would make it's predecessors roll over in their graves.  So much of what we see today has taken classic origins, put them on designer induced steroids, and in turn lost touch with necessary foundations. Basically, it's an extremely delicate line to venture into the land of the overly contrived.


























On Saturday it was as if we were transplanted into the era of the 1930s. Towering palms dazzled in sparkly lights, large lanterns  shed a glow on dapper guests cocktailing.  Arched porticos, colorful Spanish tiles and the terracotta roof line all lent themselves to creating a perfectly elegant, yet effortlessly authentic backdrop.  The dramatic garden lighting and theatrical display of bright purple orchids created a striking and almost whimsical addition to the wedding's setting. The roof retracted for the guests to dance under the stars and the evening ended with a glittery sparkler departure  (the quasi send-off as the bride and groom reemerged for the after party that ensued on the croquet lawn).   While every wedding is a celebration of love, family and friends, this particular event took place on the set of an architectural gem.   The next morning, as we all gave our shining reviews, it was very apparent that the bride and groom were the stars of the show, but that the venue played a very significant supporting role.

Back At It


















Back in the saddle today after a couple wonderful days down in Florida. It was a fantastic  time spent with family & friends. Usually, a couple days away from one's everyday routine can leave you feeling refreshed and re-inspired and this was not an exception. I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful things we saw over the last couple days, but for now it is back to organizing my life!