Palm Beach Panache, Please

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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.

DSC_1475Example? 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.


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Have You Stopped by the Mounts Lately?

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It’s the end of summer. Season hasn’t started, and we’re all looking for a diversion.

Mounts Botanical Garden (559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) has plenty of them to take us all the way through fall. Stop by for a refreshing stroll through the grounds, or make plans to attend one of the many programs. Read on:

  • Making a Garden Trough: The Hypertufa Process (9 .m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 25; $30 for members and $35 for non-members; GardenPavilion). Trough containers are all the rage. These functional planters resemble old stone but are lighter in weight. They’re also durable and perfect for miniature gardens or small plants. In this workshop, you’ll watch a Master Gardener Ted Johnson demonstrate how to create a hypertufa container. We’ll supply tips on potting mixes and planting. Wear old clothes and bring clear plastic safety glasses and snug, waterproof dishwashing gloves. Class limit is 15.
  • Everything Orchids: A Shady Affair Plant Sale (9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11; free for members and $10 for non-members). Mounts’ Everything Orchids weekend event is made for the shade. This plant sale offers a great opportunity to acquire orchids and shade-loving plants. Fun and informative lectures will be offered on topics such as Basic Orchid Care, Shade Loving Plants and Fragrance Plants. The area’s premier plant vendors will be selling begonias, bromeliads, orchids, ferns, hoyas, aroids and more. Magnificent tabletop arrangements will be offered in a silent auction to benefit Mounts Botanical Garden.
  • Members Only Off-The-Road Tour (Friday, October 21; $105 per person): Travel to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. This 20-acre tour includes the Edison main, guest and caretaker’s house, the Ford Estate and the Edison Botanic Research Lab and historic gardens. The tour also includes a river excursion that will take passengers up the Caloosahatchee River to the historic railroad bridge, with great views of the island rookery. Included in the price of the tour is a riverfront lunch with a historian, and motorcoach transportation to and from Mounts Botanical Gardens. Space is limited to 48 and is first come; first served. Not a member? You can join today.

The Mounts offers a number of ongoing events, including private garden tours and these two new community partnerships:

  • Book Discussion Series: An opportunity for book and garden enthusiasts to experience exciting fiction and nonfiction titles related to all aspects of gardening and horticulture. Each month on the second Tuesday night, we’ll discuss a different title while we take in the beautiful grounds of the Garden. This series is a partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System. To register and obtain a copy of the titles, please call 561-233-1730.
  • Art in the Garden Series: This community collaboration will feature Armory Art Center’s expert instructors teaching various art disciplines in the calm and serene setting of the Mounts garden. For a list of the upcoming classes, visit the events calendar or call 561-233-1730.

Really, you should go. It’s a treasure.


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Pass the Pickle(ball)

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We admit, we didn’t know much about pickleball, but people really seem to like it and now you can play it on Palm Beach. Being the public servants that we are, we found out a little more for you:

  • What on earth is it? Pickleball is a paddle sport played on a small-ish court with a modified tennis net. Best we can describe it from watching a handful of YouTube videos? It looks like a giant game of ping-pong where the players are actually standing on the table. Except there’s no table.
  • Is it hard to play? Most people are quick to pick up the game, and judging by its popularity with both schoolchildren and seniors, just about anyone can play. There’s not a ton of running, but we imagine that competitive matches could get plenty strenuous.
  • Why the crazy name? There are a couple theories. According to the USA Pickleball Association (yes, there is a national federation for the sport), it’s either because one of the game’s creators had a cocker spaniel named Pickles, or because his wife thought “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew, where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.”

Here on the island, you can play from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday mornings at the Seaview Park Recreation Center. The cost is $2 for residents and $4 for non-residents. Paddles are available to rent, and space is limited. To reserve, call Seaview Park (561-838-5404) or Phipps Ocean Park Tennis Center (561-227-6450).

(If you’re a traditionalist, adult recreational tennis leagues run this fall from September through December, with men’s and ladies singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. Call the Seaview pro shop for more information.)


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Worth Avenue’s Olympic Connection

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It was. During last week’s Parade of Nations at the Rio Olympic Games, the Cayman Islands delegation was dressed head-to-toe in breezy linen from Island Company.

Dress for blog.jpgThe women wore the indigo-and-white Albany Shift Dress ($185), a cool and crisp classic. We visited Island Company’s Worth Avenue store* yesterday, and yes… the dress is in stock, in all sizes. Then we began browsing and caught glimpses of the pattern all over the shop: The Coronado Top ($135) and the Mandarin Beach Tunic ($145). Boardshorts ($85). Even a Beach Sheet ($65), which looks like a lovely piece of real estate.

The male Olympians wore the Seal Linen Pilot Shirt ($145) and the Camel Beachcomber Pants ($145); both outfits were a nod to the island nation’s casual style. The choice was a hit all over the world. In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald put the Cayman Islands athletes on its best-dressed list: “With their unassuming straw hats and little cotton dresses, they look like they’re on holiday.”

A working vacation, to be sure.

All the looks are available online or in stores (Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Naples and – aha – Grand Cayman).

*Your nose needs to shop here. The store smells amazing. Manager Danny says it’s all down to the candles.


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Fun and Funky… at the Kravis!

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We find ourselves wondering. Is it just a coincidence that the Kravis Center has included a troupe of silver entertainers in its 25th anniversary season schedule?

This fall we’ll be writing more – a lot more – about the just-released 2016-17 schedule. But we thought it would be fun to start off with a look at some of the more… unusual acts in the lineup.

The Aluminum Show: A “bold, multisensory explosion that transforms visual theater, dance and humor into an otherworldly experience.” It’s the story of one man’s journey to a parallel universe made entirely of aluminum. We really can’t begin to describe it (think Blue Man Group turns silver and then goes shopping at Home Depot), so pop over to YouTube to watch the video. (Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.; tickets start at $20 and will go on sale Sept. 9.)

image_bubblecalThe Underwater Bubble Show: The very next day, we travel to Bubblelandia, “a blissful ocean utopia where colors explode and dreams take flight.” The family-oriented show uses laser technology, soap-bubble tornadoes and optical illusions, which will delight children. (Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.; tickets start at $15 and will go on sale Sept. 9.)

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions: This tour’s promotional 025Pikachu_Pokemon_Mystery_Dungeon_Red_and_Blue_Rescue_Teams.pngmaterial calls it the must-see video game concert of the year. We truly do not mean to be snobbish, but are there a great many video-game concerts out there? Think bright and brassy symphonic arrangements, costumed audience members and on-screen battles. (Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $20 and will go on sale Oct. 1.)

Visit the Kravis online to see the complete season schedule. Most tickets for the 2016-17 25th Anniversary Season will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.


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Back to Basics (To Help the Homeless)

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The PBBOR Board of Directors with some of the donations. Pictured (seated, from left) Heidi Wicky, John O. Pickett III, Ashley Deflin-McIntosh, (standing, from left) Clive Stuart-Findlay, Suzanne Frisbie, Christine A. Franks and Jeffrey A. Cloninger.

As part of its annual charitable giving, our publisher (the Palm Beach Board of Realtors®) has organized a T-Shirt & Sock Drive to benefit the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and the 1,500 men, women and children who are homeless on any given day in our community.

Providing essentials isn’t flashy, but it’s so important. Without socks and underthings, it’s just that much harder for kids to go back to school and adults to find meaningful work.

Here’s what our Realtor® members have donated so far:

  • 166 t-shirts
  • 93 pairs of underwear
  • 219 pairs of socks
  • Several generous cash donations, which we’ll use to go shopping and fill in the gaps.

The drive will run through August 15. To participate, please drop off donations of new socks, underwear and white t-shirts of all sizes, for both children and adults, at the Palm Beach Board of Realtors office (140 Royal Palm Way, Suite 205, Palm Beach). You can also mail a cash donation, and we’ll do the shopping for you. Please make checks out to Palm Beach Board of Realtors, and write “Homeless Coalition” in the memo.

The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County serves and supports homeless families and individuals locally, and leads in policy-making, strategy and advocacy on the state and national levels.

The Palm Beach Board of Realtors® is a trade organization serving hundreds of real estate professionals on the island of Palm Beach and in surrounding areas.

For more information, please call Executive Vice President Tracy Mallette at 561-659-3810, or email her at tracy@pbbor.com.


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New! The West Palm Beach Arts Festival

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We’ll be on the lookout for these objects at the West Palm Beach Arts Festival. We’re not just sure what they are, but we’re entranced.

Oh, this is an exciting development.

The Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) has announced its plans to host the new West Palm Beach Arts Festival. That means 180 fine artists – including Armory faculty and students – will show and sell their work. We don’t have too many specifics, but we’d expect to see everything from paintings, drawings and photography to jewelry, ceramics and fiber art.

The festival will be held December 4-5 at the Armory, perfect timing for holiday shoppers and returning seasonal residents. (We’re always partial to interesting ceramic creations, if you’d like to pick us up a little something.)

And if you’re an artist, you don’t need to be affiliated with the Armory to participate. Artists are invited to register through September 15. There’s a $25 application fee for the 10×10 booths, which cost $125 each. You can read the details on the festival’s Call to Artists page.


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