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."
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.
The dining room's mint-hued walls and ceilings take their cues from a painting of a lifeguard stand the owners scooped up in Manhattan and vintage dining chairs Herod re-covered in green faux leather.
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."