This 1940s Florida getaway is outfitted with retro furnishings and gorgeous tropical hues. Step inside!
By Marisa Spyker
1 of 9Photo: Jessica Glynn; Stylist: Liz Strong
Bright, Cheery Exterior
Just beyond an emerald wall of boxwoods on a quiet, palm-lined street, a whitewashed home with electric blue shutters rises like the sun peeking over the horizon line. Amid the glamour of Palm Beach, the 1940s house had persisted as glitzy estates and modern manses with square footage in the five digits had grown up around it.
"It has a classic, understated design," says Maureen Carr, who purchased the property with her husband, Walter Nollmann, three years ago. "You could tell it was older, but that made it really special."
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Colorful Living Room
With the couple's input, designers Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod dreamed up a palette that's as at home here as it is in a Lilly Pulitzer catalogue. "In Florida, there's endless inspiration in the landscape," says Herod. "So we pulled from the views outside—the pink of hibiscus, the turquoise of the ocean, and the greenery that surrounds the home."
"We knew that Celerie grew up here, and she also isn't afraid to use color," Nollmann says. "We wanted to take advantage of the fact that it's Florida—you can paint your bedroom pink or teal and it makes perfect sense." Pale pink walls (painted Coral Buff by Benjamin Moore) give this guest room a welcoming, rosy glow.
In the kitchen, a pale lime green coats the cabinets and backsplash, accented with white Corian countertops, lemon accessories, and a chandelier the color of pink grapefruit. "The kitchen is like one big bowl of citrus," says Herod.
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Sunny Breakfast Nook
The citrusy colors spill over into the breakfast room, where orange tree-patterned draperies by John Rosselli and Associates create a sunny Florida vibe. The rattan chairs, from Circa Who, are Italian, and the Knoll table is from Wayfair.
Emerald green banana leaf wallpaper and a vintage rattan mirror together outfit the guest bathroom with tropical island vibes.
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Easygoing Family Room
To keep the mix of bold and pastel shades beach-friendly and casual, the designers incorporated plenty of natural textures into the walls and decor. In the family room, pecky cypress ceilings and grasscloth walls pair with bamboo accessories like curtain rods and a bar cart scored at a Dixie Highway antiques shop. "Organic details like these really freshen up the room," says Herod.
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Breezy Poolside Cabana
Ultimately, that's the raison d'etre for color in the house: to breathe new life into what once was dated. "As soon as I open the front door, I'm happy," says Carr. "I can't wait to put fresh flowers on the table, go for a walk down to the beach, and then come home and kick back by the pool with my family."