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  Issue 19-4

  PALM BEACH GLOW
One Design Team Turns A Spanish Revival-Style Home Into A Sunny Vacation Retreat Filled With Comfort & Glamour

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Eric B. Rymshaw and Joshua Thibault,
Fury Design, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

TEXT
Marina Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Stavaridis, Fort Lauderdale, FL


 

"With a primary residence on Philadelphia’s Main Line, where homes proclaim tradition, elegance and turreted Edwardian pomp, one Pennsylvania couple was looking for a change with a cheerful yet glamorous design for their new Palm Beach vacation home — one filled with whimsical color, swirling patterns, petal-draped poolside umbrellas and plenty of light.

After vacationing in the Palm Beach area for 15 years, the couple decided that it was finally time for a little place of their own — a 6,000-square-foot, Spanish Revival- style getaway located between both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. “I’ve always loved Palm Beach. It’s, for me, one of the most beautiful places in the world,” the wife says. “And I wanted this house to be a happy place filled with light and fun.”

“I’m a collector of the heart,” the wife says of the artwork that hangs in
this Palm Beach getaway. “I either love or hate something right away.”

And Philadelphia-based designers Eric Rymshaw and Joshua Thibault understood exactly what the owners were after. Having done major work on the couple’s Main Line manor house, the team respected the owners’ quest for quality. “It was a wonderful collaboration all the way through,” Rymshaw says.

But turning a house with good bones into a comfortable family retreat would take some doing, and revising spatial definitions were just a part of it. “We recast the dining room as a media/sitting room,” Thibault says. “And turned the family room adjacent to the kitchen into a casual dining room.” And the dazzling garden and pool area provided the anchor for the designer’s adjustments. “It’s all about the sun,” Rymshaw says. “Every room involves the play of light.”

Rymshaw, who always devises a “narrative” for himself about a house and the wishes of its owner, in this case, thought of dramatic and rather glamorous living with a wow factor. “Think Halston meets 1940s Hollywood meets Pop,” he says of the result that is anything but dated.

From the entrance, the view is past the vaulted, midnight-blue ceilings of the colonnade, into the living room and out to the shimmering pool area beyond. Softening the Old World style of the home’s cast-coral pillars and fireplace, the living room is alight with textures and geometric shapes. Whimsical chairs in a circle motif appear made of lattice, while smaller spheres dance in the sheer drapery fabric. Chevron patterns of blue and gold on the accent pillows introduce the home’s signature color palette, which is also seen in a pair of vibrant prints by Rana Rochat. Martha Sturdy’s custom-designed, cast-resin cocktail table glows in a goldenrod hue and provides the base for a bronze sculpture by Sica, one of the wife’s favorite artists. A pair of delicate occasional tables made up of bronze and onyx-colored lacquer reflects the light that flows through- out. The whole room is anchored with a hand-woven abaca area rug that sits over the limestone flooring.

Color continues into the dining room with Polly Apfelbaum’s bright monumental woodblock monoprint set against striped wall covering, recalling a vintage period of glamour and whimsy. A capiz shell and bronze chandelier illuminates the space, where hints of black and white dart around the room in a zebra-print barstool, barreled dining chairs, and a walnut and parchment buffet.

Steps away, the media/sitting room seems an extension of the nearby living room with coordinating sofas and area rugs. Here, though, the sofa is paired with brown and cream chenille lounge chairs in an abstract print and a leather-covered ottoman with Moroccan-inspired nailhead detailing.

Taking a more sophisticated turn, but still with a mid-century flair, the cherry wood-paneled study features a mahogany and steel desk that bespeaks Hollywood’s mogul period, where a cream-colored terry-cloth and leather sofa and lounge chair provide seating over a black woven-leather area rug. The circle motif reappears in a crenellated copper and glass light fixture that glows over the room’s luminous resin cocktail tables.

Outside, the feel of 1920s grandeur allows the owners to relax in style. “The final touches to this home were the most fun,” says Rymshaw, who feels that the lightly fluttering petals of the umbrellas and the bright bursts of color make the poolside sing. “It’s all about creating magic,” he says, “pop and opulence combined.”

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Rear Exterior
Chaises, dining chairs, and dining and occasional tables - McKinnon and Harris, Richmond, VA
Cushion fabric - Perennials, The Baer Group, Inc., Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Umbrellas - Santa Barbara Designs, Santa Barbara, CA

Living Room
Consoles - Gio Ponti, Youngblood, Sag Harbor, NY
Sofa - John Rosselli & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Ottoman, and sofa and ottoman fabrics - J. Robert Scott, D&D Building, New York, NY
Armchairs - Ironies, Jerry Pair & Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY
Cocktail table - Martha Sturdy, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Occasional tables - Laura Kirar, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Trolley cart and accessories on cart - Lorin Marsh, D&D Building, New York, NY
Wall covering - Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accessories in fireplace - Lyle and Umbach, Ltd., Holly Hunt, D&D Building, New York, NY
Drapery rod - Fabricant, Crystal Tree Centre, North Palm Beach, FL
Sculpture on cocktail table - Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Dining Room
Top of dining table - Beacon Glass Co., Jupiter, FL
Table bases and buffet - Mattaliano, Holly Hunt, D&D Building, New York, NY
Chairs - Orlando Diaz-Azcuy for McGuire, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Bar - Custom designed by Fury Design, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Bar countertop fabricated by CaesarStone Quartz Surface, Van Nuys, CA
Barstool - Hugues Chevalier, Manifesto, Chicago, IL
Wall covering - John Rosselli & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Fuse Lighting, Dennis Miller Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY
Mirror - Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques, Chicago, IL
Artwork - Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Media/Sitting Room
Sofa, armchairs and cocktail table - John Rosselli & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofa fabric - J. Robert Scott, D&D Building, New York, NY
Ottoman - Michael Berman Limited, J. Batchelor, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Izit Leather, Willow Tex, Inc., Kersch Fabric Network, Wayne, PA
Occasional table - Laura Kirar, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Light fixture in rotunda - McEwen Lighting, Dennis Miller Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY

Study
Sofa and lounge chair - Bill Sofield, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cocktail tables - Ironies, Jerry Pair & Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY
Desk - Antoine Proulx, Dennis Miller Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY
Desk chair - Knoll, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Light fixture - McEwen Lighting, Dennis Miller Assoc., D&D Building, New York, NY
Artwork - Durham Press, Inc., Durham, PA

Throughout
Area rugs - Martin Patrick Evan, D&D Building, New York, NY

 

 

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