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FLORIDA FLORALS

James Andrew studying Bennison Jungle.

James Andrew studying Bennison Jungle.

Of course I wouldn’t want the title of today’s post to imply that these fabulous floral prints are only for use in Florida; they’d certainly do just as well in any fine interior — from Lyford to Lisbon, Montecito to Manhattan! They’re perfect for creating a touch of the tropics anywhere they might be incorporated. It’s just that a great deal of my work these days happens to be taking me to Florida — in fact I’ve plied my craft there for years in places like Palm Beach, Jupiter, Vero Beach, Naples and Miami. It’s only natural that I should have florals on my mind.

For clients who are looking for something a bit more traditional or transitional, these luscious prints can be used to create the color palette for a whole room. For example, Bennison “Jungle” is something I used to great effect in the main drawing room at the Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach. I had the stucco walls washed in a lime paint the color of Fowler pink and mixed in fabrics of leaf green, aqua and pale teal.

James Andrew interior, Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach

James Andrew interior, Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach

Another favorite of mine is Mandalay, a tropical floral in shades of aqua, natural, pinks, and teals – just perfect for Florida. I used this for a client’s great room in Vero Beach with shell pink stucco walls and furnished the room with loads of rattan, a pair of enormous venetian chandeliers, a teal faux marble top dining table, and a set of Italian painted dining chairs upholstered in this marvelous Mandalay print. Sadly, I ‘m sorry to say I don’t have a good photo of that magnificent room.

The Mandalay pattern.

Mandalay

Currently I’m suggesting this wonderful Wikiki print in blue (see below) for a client’s living room at the Palm Beach Polo club—the room will be the most perfect play of blue on blue with copious amounts of white—the effect: crisp, impossibly chic, and fresher than fresh. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to share more of the details in a future post!

The Wikiki pattern

Wikiki

I’m captured here at the Bennison showroom admiring all the glorious colors in the their “Jungle” print. I’m sporting a Gucci hounds tooth wool tweed coat, Mackintosh Scotland brown corduroy vest , Tom Ford forest green mini check shirt with French cuffs and brown wool knit tie, Victorian Scottish agate cuff links, Rolex, Gucci python belt with a silver double horse head buckle, Uniqlo jeans, Tom Ford saddle leather loafers, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

7 Comments

  1. Lordy!

    You are in the very best part of Florida!
    Lime paint is what we have here in our house in Montecito! (actually lime mixed with pigments from provence…….called “lime wash ”
    We LOVE it!

    You name it! It works there~!

    Penelope
    And Bennison works in every civilized place on our earth (just my opinion!)

  2. Howard Slatkin says:

    The Marsh Island Club you designed looks amazing—I could move right in. So beautiful and with such style. You are a great talent! All best, Howard

  3. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    Exactly – I think it is actually called a “lime wash” – wish is so sublime on stucco walls and I try and use it whenever I can.

    I adore Bennison- it adds a bit of soul to so much of the new construction that one finds in Florida so often.

    Hope to see you soon!

    Love

    JA

  4. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello Howard Slatkin,

    And WOW! How touched I am to receive such praise from someone with such an exquisite eye!

    It was a lovely project – architecture by Ferguson Shamamian- so a brilliant back drop to work with.

    Love and Light,

    JA

  5. Dean Farris says:

    Hi James!
    Your work is amazing, and I am sure you’ll be getting many more projects down south soon-
    You certainly have the qualifications, talent, and experience to complete any project with aplomb and elan’ !

    Dean

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    You are so sweet- Thank You!

    As you know I have been working in Florida for many years- I sometimes forget that I even worked in Naples with Albert- so many years ago.

    Cheers

    JA

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