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VIA VESPA

James Andrew - vintage Vesp

James Andrew – vintage Vespa


While driving a golf cart through Lyford and West Palm Beach is pretty fun, I recently took a spin on one of my client’s gorgeous vintage Vespas, and I’m hooked! I often work with clients to scout out perfect properties around the world, and I pride myself with having a comprehensive sense of what my clients prefer, what their needs are, and whether a property has potential to fill those needs — generally this saves a great deal of time and effort for all involved!

A couple of clients who are currently living in “Welly World” (an insider’s term for the Palm Beach Polo Club and the general surrounds 20 minutes west of Palm Beach) are looking to switch homes, so I spent a bit of time recently sifting through possibilities. Most of Palm Beach Polo was developed in the 70s and 80s and now many of these homes are in need of a facelift, but there really is a lot one can do with some judicious landscaping and a few well selected edits to transform many of these places into rather ravishing homes! Taking a spin around on a vintage Vespa was not only great fun but a highly effective way to get the lay of the land, so to speak, and I did happen to find a few places that look quite promising! We’ll see where this all leads. ;)

Dressed for my Vespa adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford Indigo and Ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal cotton pants, pale blue micro herringbone cotton shirt with French cuffs, ocean blue and white dot print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, woven blue leather Adriano Meneghetti belt, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Costa Azzura fragrance and a touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for that sun kissed glow.

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SHOPPING WITH SUPER CHIC CLIENTS IN PALM BEACH

James Andrew Palm Beach

James Andrew, Palm Beach

Well, I am back from a rather peripatetic Florida excersion  – with a whole lot of dashing about between Palm Beach, Miami, and Jupiter.

I met so many wonderful new people and I was pleased to touch base with many of my old friends and clients as well. I did manage to get some work done during my visit, and since I’ve been decorating for my Florida clients for quite some years, I’ve amassed a pretty grand list of go-to design resources there. This has become quite handy for filling in some missing pieces that I’ve had a hard time finding here in the big apple.

The fact is, my vocation and vacations are nearly always inextricably intertwined (quite indistinguishable at times). On this trip I had great fun spending a day with a super chic client in Jupiter, who’s magnificent house I’m decorating. We hit all the hot spots in Palm Beach, had a lovely lunch, and then headed over to antique row on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach where we scooped up several sensational pieces! I can’t wait to get this project completed – the look I’m going for is total tropical glam. It’ll be a spectacular show-piece to publish.

Photographed on Via Parigi, one of Palm Beaches magical little vias off of Worth Avenue, I’m sporting a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, fuschia cotton/silk pants, abstract floral silk pocket square in pinks, pale pink mini check shirt with French cuffs, Ralph Lauren orange suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, shell and coral cuff links, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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Some Highlights from the American International Fine Art Fair, Palm Beach

On our way to the AIFAF

So… to the Fair! There is such a great plethora of treasures to be seen wherever one turns – from breathtaking jewels, to exceptionally rare and spectacular paintings, antiquities, and sculpture. With so many ultra fine dealers it really is a shame that we can’t bring you something from EACH exhibitor at the American International Fine art Fair – but in the hopes that you can make it to the fair yourselves we thought to bring you a tiny glimpse of the breadth and diversity represented here. The AIFAF will continue until the 8th of February so there’s still time to snap up a gorgeous little something to bring home with you!

James Andrew at the AIFAF Carlton Hobbs booth.

Our friends at Carlton Hobbs never cease to amaze. I was enthralled by this rare set of Chinese wallpapers which formerly hung in Colonial Williamsburg – and can’t wait to base the decoration of a room on these – I may have to include this Linton Park table as well! Oh, and you must have noticed the splendid parquet floor? It’s this kind of attention to detail that has me continually smitten by Carlton Hobbs!

James Andrew at the AIFAF Simon Capstick - Dale Fine Art booth.

I would would absolutely LOVE to see the above bold and colorful work, Zone 1 painted in 1965 by Larry Zox, mixed into a room with a super chic chintz and perhaps a Willy Rizzo cocktail table.

James Andrew at the AIFAF Buccellati Booth.

I’ve always admired the jewelry and decorative objet created by Buccellati. I’m holding an outrageous silver “cavolo” (above) – and it has me thinking that I may just have to replace my Dodie Thayer lettuce tureen with this fantastical piece.

James Andrew at the AIFAF Martin du Louvre booth.

We were delighted to chat with our new friends at Martin du Louvre and can’t wait to visit their gallery in Paris. I’m plotting where I might be able to place Sonia Delounay’s sublime 1954 “Mosaique” and Brad Howe’s delightful 1993 mobile, “Pursuit” pictured above.

James Andrew at the AIFAF Tomasso Brothers Fine Art booth.

I’m drawn to sculpture, especially busts on pedestals, and as such I absolutely couldn’t resist these grand works at Tomasso Brothers.

For our opening day at the fair I’m dressed Palm Beach style (with our trademark WIJW edge) – a mint green cotton suite by Gucci, a Tom Ford pale blue Glenn plaid cotton shirt with French cuffs, silver pearl and pale blue sapphire Seaman Schepps cuff links, retro print silk pocket square in pale blue and white silk, my lovely Lanvin taupe suede sneakers, Rolex Submariner watch, and a Gucci python belt to add that edge I mentioned.