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.
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.
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!
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.