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01.03 20120

36th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House— Palm Beach, Florida

Recently in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, I visited the 36th annual American Red Cross Designer Show House. Each year, Red Cross hosts the event to showcase local designers. This year an impressive spread, nicknamed ‘The Mansion’ by locals, received a make-over from 18 talented designers.

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‘The Mansion,’ built in 1923, sits on three city lots. It’s the largest original home in its neighborhood on Spruce Avenue. Walking up to ‘The Mansion’ leaves a big impression. Walking into it leaves an even bigger impression. As is often the case with show houses, no two rooms embody a single theme. Yet the designers of ‘The Mansion’ did a wonderful incorporating design elements that effectively tied it all together. Each designer left their unique mark in their own space and, as with every year, hints of the hot trends for 2012. My camera and I lackadaisically wandered through the house, taking in all the intricacies and snapping photos of them.


The square table top pictured above was placed in the center of the Show House’s dining room by designer Joseph Publillones. The centerpiece, which immediately catches the attention of the eye, is comprised of Japanese Kutani vases and Meissen china. The plates have intricate dragons on their surfaces to commemorate 2012 and the Year of the Dragon. The tangerine color of the vases and on the plates provides a beautiful contrast to the gold and black accents of the room. Note the gold plated silverware and mismatching goblets. There is little symmetry on this table, which is in stark contrast to the geometric pattern on the chairs.

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The legs (no pun intended) of this fabulous table are worth noting. They were designed by Italian designer Pedro Friedeberg, who is best known for his hand chair.



This white sheer window treatment is part of Jennifer Garrigues Inc.’s design for the sun room that is adjacent to the dining room. In this particular room, the sheer window treatments don’t inhibit any sunlight from entering the room. This allowed for the design team of this room to outfit it with several indoor plants. Beads line not only the curtains but the pillows. The designers attention to detail is very evident in this room.


This modern white sofa sits below the sheer window treatment in the sun room. The pillows reflect the varied color scheme that fills the room. I loved the color bursts of this room.


The nail-head trim of this sofa is going to be a popular trend this year. On this sofa the nail-head trim tones down the modern lines of the sofa to add a classic feel.


This bamboo baby crib is hung from the ceiling on bronze plated rain chains. The designer successfully created a beautiful baby room without ever coming near the colors pink or blue!


The addition of the red wire lamp combines the mod and classic look of this room.



The floor imagelamp that sits behind the beautiful leather arm chair is made by Arteriors. It was used in a small sitting area in the Show House.  It can be found on A Design Resource’s website.

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