THE AMERICAN RED CROSS CELEBRATES GREAT DESIGN AT PALM BEACH’S BIRTHDAY CAKE CASTLE
When Upton Close presented his wife, Margaret Fretter Nye, with a Palm Beach, Florida, mansion for her birthday in 1954, the exuberant home, with its candlelike pillars and icing-esque stucco walls, took on a rather fitting moniker: the Birthday Cake Castle. This year, it serves as the venue for the 39th American Red Cross Designers’ Show House—welcoming 20 designers to transform its interiors.
The designers have dressed their assigned bedrooms and living spaces with varied interpretations of South Florida style, channeling beach-house-casual with a dash (or in some instances, a heap) of Palm Beach pizzazz. Tasked with decorating the indoor loggia, Todd Hase set the backdrop for a fanciful fête—“the perfect space to have a coupe of Champagne and your birthday cake,” he says. Lucite tables and upholstered banquettes of his own design join Louis XVI ballroom chairs, 1960s Murano-glass floor lamps, and an elaborate cornice featuring electric blue ‘Mystique’ orchids.
On a more subtle note, Lisa Erdmann tapped into her love of sailing to create a serene living room in shades of blue and gray. In the family room, Piper Gonzalez achieved a relaxed atmosphere with worn finishes and bold coral-print upholstery from Robert Allen. And up in the cake topper—the home’s octagonal turret—Efua Ramdeen and Susan Wyatt devised a dreamy ode to early explorers and astronomers with a starburst light fixture, hanging globes, and a leather-wrapped telescope.
From March 5 to April 4 at the Birthday Cake Castle, 1 Fifth Avenue South, Lake Worth, Florida. For ticket information visit redcross.org
I highly recommend you ready Mary Lindsey’s 3 part article in the Lake Worth Herald. There is an online edition available. Below my photos.