Design guru Jonathan Adler dishes on easy ways to recreate Palm Beach's hip, eclectic style.
Writer: Marissa Spyker
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1. Invest in (lots of) white paint.
If you enjoy bright furniture and accessories the way Jonathan does, white walls are a good starting point. (He painted these Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore.) The citrusy accents share a similar level of brightness and weight, so they complement each other but don't compete.
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2. Create a themed gallery wall.
Jonathan transformed one side of the living space into a museum-like showcase by hanging artwork—acquired at different times and boasting unique shapes, sizes, and frames—that shares a common theme: "They're all paintings and sculptures of women staring back at you," he says.
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3. Reinvent the hat rack.
Turn your love for Fido into a fully functional piece of furniture, as Simon and Jonathan did in their entry, with a shiny ceramic pooch that serves dual purposes as artful watchdog and keeper of hats. "I don't follow rules in design," Jonathan says. "My only rule is if you love something, it'll work. This place is filled with pieces we love."
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4. Riff off the locale.
Inspired by the late-1960s architecture of the building, Jonathan channeled the era inside with statement-making midcentury gems that allude to the glitz and glamour the designer associates with Palm Beach. "Every home should have a sense of place," he says.
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5. Make open spaces feel intimate.
Jonathan gave the dining room, a recessed nook just off the living space, a cozy vibe with a subdued palette of grays and whites. He shielded the quieter spot from the lively great room with an architectural screen affixed with two back-to-back Philippe Starck mirrors. "A screen is a great way to create instant architecture," Jonathan says. "We chose one that's modern but a little bit decorative, to match the style of the building."
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6. Inject some shine.
In the moderately sized bedroom, a circa-1970 chrome four-poster Paul Evans bed takes center stage with its colossal size and metallic sheen. "There's not much else in the bedroom because when you have a major piece like that, you don't need it," says Jonathan. A hand-embroidered tapestry from Uzbekistan serves as bedding, carrying the punchy, bright palette of the living room into the bedroom.
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7. Add drama.
Jonathan's stark-white pottery, such as the Giraffe Menagerie sculpture that decorates the vanity, lends a dramatic aesthetic when paired alongside bright colors or, in this case, rich, dark chocolate walls painted Benjamin Moore's Barrel Brown. "The white ceramics against the colors of the condo is very graphic," says Simon. "They're my favorite pieces in the house."