Once a sleepy haven of the pink-trousered uber-rich with last names that built America, Palm Beach, Florida, is awakening to a growing population of young pioneers. Newly untethered professionals decamped from the crowded northeast and tax-burdened West Coast to infuse the barrier island with a new, youthful vibrance and are preparing for the social season. Leave it to AD to scout what’s new and where recently arrived residents and global jet-setters will be rubbing elbows with longtime denizens.
In a continuation of the Colony Hotel’s villa design partnerships—2020 was with Aerin Lauder, who hasn’t left the boutique property entirely—the pink palace is unveiling its newest guest apartment restoration with AD100 interior designer and best-selling author Mark D. Sikes. As a frequent hotel guest, Sikes’s room overlooked the hotel’s café, whose blue-striped awnings ignited his inspiration for reimagining the 1,100-square-foot Villa Aralia.
To create a charming retreat within the spacious two-bedroom haven, Sikes chose crisp blue and white cabana-stripe Brunschwig and Fils fabric from his new furniture collection with Chaddock, all framed by soft, custom Valley Drapery upholstery and window treatments that seamlessly mesh with beachy, striped patterns. His eponymous lighting collection with Hudson Valley Lighting casts an ethereal evening glow to rooms that “feel old school, but fresh and fun, celebrating our love of blue and white and an ode to that color palette and to the all-American approachable style we are known for,” Sikes avers.
Aerin Lauder, who designed The Colony’s Aerin Villa Jasmin in 2020, returns to dress the hotel for the holidays. Inspired by Palm Beach memories with grandmother, Estee, her collection includes mercury glass seashells, tropical flowers, bird and fish ornaments in muted tones, juxtaposed against customized de Gournay wall coverings in the hotel’s Living Room. The mural masterpiece, a fantasy jungle on a pink-hued backdrop starring spider monkey mascot Johnnie Brown amidst other folkloric creatures, took months to hand-paint on Pierre Frey fabric, in collaboration with Kemble Interiors for what Colony CEO Sarah Wetenhall considers “a love letter to Palm Beach.”
Carriage House, the swanky members-only club Michael and Paula Bickford carefully created from two landmark Maurice Fatio and Addison Mizner buildings, quietly opens its striking blue doors at the iconic Phipps Plaza entrance this winter. “It will be elegant, private, and discreet,” says Ms. Bickford of the unfussy opening, befitting a bastion for the international jet set. Architect Keith Spina rescued pecky cypress and oversaw restoration, while Ms. Bickford partnered with Madrid-based artist Luis Bustamante to craft elegant interiors. Vibrant colorways including red lacquer and indigo blue set distinctive tones for each room, from an emerald bathroom with backlit green agate stone floor to backgammon-inspired wood floors in the social club’s reading room and multicolored semiprecious stones that adorn dining room tabletops.
Cojimar, an Ernest Hemingway–inspired restaurant opens in Worth Avenue’s Esplanade, transporting diners to the Cuban seaside town the tortured bard declared his “happiest place” and where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. An ode to the author’s romance with food, art, scotch and fine wines, the restaurant’s Mediterranean and Cuban-French-influenced menu is set against a lush outdoor backdrop of a flowering vine-covered courtyard and serpentine, mosaic staircase, while indoors, ocean blues, sunset golds, and painted tiles frame historic photos of Cojimar, Hemingway, and his relaxed life in the Cuban town.
Also in the Esplanade, purpose-led women’s brand Unsubscribed opens its first outpost outside Connecticut and New York, with private label collections and vintage and recycled products residing on reclaimed red oakwood shelves. Amidst vintage Turkish rugs and an antique Italian marble table, shoppers will find one-of-a-kind Jessica Biales pieces sprinkled between Kerri Rosenthal’s designs (only available at the Palm Beach and East Hampton locations), artisan-driven brand LemLem, third-party labels, and a hefty collection of swimwear and coverups within a luxe beach-house vibe.
Palm Beach doesn’t après ski, they Après Beach on Sundays in customized cabanas at Royal Poinciana Plaza, in a scene with fashion illustrations, a photographer, swag bags, and a DJ spinning. Only eight cabanas are available for $350 each for up to six people from 3 to 6 p.m., outfitted by one of the mall’s boutiques—think LoveShackFancy, Alice + Olivia, Love Brand & Co., and Orlebar Brown. Sant Ambroeus caters with its truffle French fries, paninis, assorted delicacies, and bubbly. November’s cabanas sold out in a few days.
If you weren’t the highest bidder on the Frida Kahlo self-portrait that recently sold at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking $34.9 million, head to the Norton Museum of Art for “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism” from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, featuring more than 150 pieces alongside photographs and period clothing. Stay for lunch at The Restaurant and feast on inventive Mexican Modernism cuisine Chef Jair Solis created to coincide with the exhibit’s limited engagement. The Restaurant stays open late on Fridays for Art After Dark. Museum admission isn’t required.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
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