Here’s an interesting approach to achieving iconic interiors – Palm Beach Panache: Infusing Island Style with Serendipitous and Re-Imagined Finds (179 pages, Decorativa Press, $49.95). Author Carolina Fernandez worked long and hard to scour South Florida’s resale venues (consignment and antiques stores, thrift and second-hand shops) to explore, explain and illustrate the style she calls Palm Beach panache.
The book “promotes design and decoration with serendipitously found objects.” The idea is to comb the best resale shops, pick the pieces that speak to you, and transform them (if necessary) to fit your space. What results is a fascinating catalog of the kinds of furnishings that Palm Beach island homes sported in decades past. True to the book’s mission, she shows how to take those iconic pieces and patterns and integrate them into your home.
Example? The Loop Chair (photographed by Alissa Dragun, who shot all the book’s images). “Purchased in bulk by many native Palm Beachers a couple generations ago, they were commonly used for entertaining and for weddings,” Fernandez writes. “Their relatively light weight makes them highly portable; add to that their decent price point and beautiful lines and you have the makings of a hands-down favorite, even today. It is still possible to find entire sets of Loop Chairs in second-hand shops around the island. More often than not, you will find them lacquered in the exuberant Palm Beach Panache palette of orange, eggplant purple, bright yellow or turquoise.”
Nothing snobbish about the book’s pairings, which range from Harry Bertoia and Ingo Maurer to Target, Ikea and Overstock.com. The book is a particular treasure trove for aficionados of Mid-Century Modern. The biggest downside? Because so many of the images were shot at consignment and thrift shops, if you fall in love with a piece, you may have difficulty finding one just like it.
Applause to Fernandez for donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to the Church Mouse (the thrift shop to beat all thrift shops), which supports the work and ministry of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.
Click here to learn more about the author and the book.