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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.


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!


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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