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PALM BEACH FANTASY

James Andrew - Four Arts Botanical Gardens

James Andrew – Four Arts Botanical Gardens

Though we are now back in the city, a part of us is still at the sublime Colony Palm Beach – we’re still thinking of the tropical splendor, marvelous surrounds, sun, fun, and fine dining with friends – really the perfection of it all. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to return.

Maurice Fatio's "Villa Today," Palm Beach

Maurice Fatio’s “Villa Today,” Palm Beach

All of this has us conjuring up fabulous fantasies of having a little retreat in Palm Beach of our own – ideally something like Maurice Fatio’s Villa Today – a sublime art deco-influenced mini mansion on the lake. I am also fond of Clarence Mack’s Neo-Regency confections and would be perfectly happy in one! Why not dream big!?

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

Architect Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

While in Palm Beach, we paid a visit to the Four Arts Botanical Gardens which was established in 1938 to showcase the kinds of tropical plants suitable for South Florida gardens – just gorgeous. I’m photographed getting ideas for our very own tropical garden! I’m sporting a glorious embroidered Pucci kaftan-style shirt, Tom Ford lavender silk herringbone pants, Hadliegh’s cobalt gingham slippers, Le Noeud Papillon purple and blue silk ascot, Tom Ford “Marco” sun glasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Windsor fragrance.

PALM BEACH VIA THE COLONY HOTEL

James Andrew - the Colony Palm Beach.

James Andrew – the Colony Palm Beach.

The Colony Palm Beach is the next best thing to having a home in Palm Beach! From the well situated Colony it’s an easy thing to indulge in all that Palm Beach has to offer. Of course, with the Colony’s delicious culinary offerings, Polo Bar, and nightly Royal Room cabaret, it’s really more than tempting to simply stay put!

Breakfast served poolside is such a treat, and when you’re there, do try the “low country shrimp and grits” and/or the the shrimp and avocado omelette — it’s all so very Duchess of Windsor. We spent pretty much every day lounging and lunching with friends — only leaving the Colony’s confines to soak in some sun in the afternoon at the nearby beach before returning for cocktail hour and the evening’s festivities. We were lucky enough to be there for the infamous Thursday “Boys Night” which is as you may have surmised, an opportunity for local and visiting guys and their pals to congregate — we ourselves celebrated the night under the stars with bottles of rosé, though inexplicably most remained indoors. If you are anything like me, when you’re in the tropics, you want to be, well…in the tropics!

I’m photographed (top) poolside at the Colony dressed for dinner and “Boys Night” in a Tom Ford palest blue silk dinner jacket (worn casual), Tom Ford white cotton twill pants, white cotton shirt, and ivory suede loafers, Mark Pomerantz blue and white floral silk pocket square, Le Noeud Papillion purple and pale blue glen plaid silk ascot worn as scarf, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Paul Stuart blue and white ribbon belt, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to enhance my tan.

PERFECTLY PALM BEACH THE COLONY HOTEL

James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

One of my primary requirements of a hotel is that it capture the essence of its surrounds, and when we read that Carleton Varney’s criterion regarding the re-imagining of the Colony Palm Beach was that “people on vacation in Palm Beach should feel like they’re staying in Palm Beach,” we knew that the Colony would be perfect!

Varney’s mentor, Dorothy Draper, was fearless in her use of color, and imbued all of her work with tremendous personality. Carrying on this tradition, Varney has certainly given his decoration for the Colony loads of Palm Beach personality! Throughout the hotel, Varney’s “Draperization” includes a marvelous mix of Dorothy Draper fabrics and wallpapers. He utilizes a custom designed carpet based on the Brazilliance pattern (a beautiful and exuberant banana leaf motif) combined with fretwork and striped wallpapers, each floor with a different color scheme.

Colony Palm Beach - hallway detail

Colony Palm Beach – hallway detail

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

The luxurious lobby revolves around a central seating area, with a custom designed hibiscus and banana leaf motif carpet set against a dramatic black backdrop, providing the perfect contrast for a monumental curved sofa upholstered in aqua velvet with black bullion fringe. The armchairs are upholstered in “Brazilliance” fabric, and the walls are sheathed in Jasper Peony wallpaper by Sebastian Varney of Carleton V Ltd. in a coral colorway with a complimentary fretwork pattern — accents of coral and aqua throughout. All present and impossibly fresh interpretation of bygone Palm Beach glamor!

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

Do secure a suite when you go. Having both a sitting room and a bedroom made all the difference in the world!

I’m photographed (top) in the lovely lobby soaking up endless inspiration. I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in a lilac rose silk wool melange twill and royal silk dot pocket square, a bespoke Mark Pomerantz “Liberty of London” esq lavender and blue floral print cotton shirt with fabric covered buttons, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel accentuating my tan, and Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance with notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Mint, Thyme. Luminous!