IN LakeWorth, Lake Worth, Lake Worth

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS CELEBRATES GREAT DESIGN AT PALM BEACH’S BIRTHDAY CAKE CASTLE

March 4, 2015
Palm Beach’s Birthday Cake Castle

Palm Beach’s Birthday Cake Castle—the site of the 39th American Red Cross Designers’ Show House—was originally called La Florentia when it was built in 1925 by Sherman Childs.

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.

Loggia

Todd Hase’s design for the loggia all started with a light-blue Benjamin Moore paint that resembles sugary frosting.

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.

Bedroom

An upstairs bedroom designed by WIlliam Bainbridge Steele uses a seaside-inspired palette of blue and white.

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.

Kitchen

A sunbathed kitchen designed by NXG Studio.

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.

Lake Worth volunteer

Lake Worth volunteer,  this room actually at work done by one of our Loft artisans

Lake Worth volunteer

Lake Worth volunteer, in smoking room.  flue actually works and carried smoke up and out.

 

Lake Worth volunteers

Lake Worth volunteers, Entry way, nice welcome.

picture window framing the palms outside

picture windows framing the palms outside, beautifully situated

.  It is all faux but oh so well done.  just sm. detail

. It is all faux but oh so well done. just sm. detail

ny personal favorite room, tucked away overlooking garden + inter coastal

ny personal favorite room, tucked away overlooking garden + inter coastal Lake Worth Designer

pure drama, takes two hours to water these orchids

pure drama, takes two hours to water these orchids

 

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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2 Responses to IN LakeWorth, Lake Worth, Lake Worth

  1. heidi bell says:

    Gorgeous!! Thank you

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  2. Thank you very much for the review of the mansion, I especially liked the beautiful sky-blue living room.

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