Palm Beach Style

We love that Veranda magazine’s first issue of 2019 is dedicated to the celebration of traditional Palm Beach Style. It’s a look that’s endured for generations, albeit tweaked and updated by each new one. Minimalist and mod it is not, but its liberal use of open fretwork, cheery pastel palettes, and plenty of white keeps it from feeling dated and dowdy.

Using classic old Palm Beach elements in new ways — playing with scale and and proportions, for instance —is how today’s designers are transcending clichés and creating exciting new spaces.

What are those classic elements?

Chinoiserie, bamboo, rattan, wicker, wrought iron and lacquered wood finishes. Shell-encrusted surfaces are back in a big way, too. Tropical birds, plants, and coral are all classic motifs that are being reinterpreted in fabrics, wall coverings, and art. Trellis and fretwork on walls, whether real or printed, are also foundational to a true Old Palm Beach vibe.

Get details on these 3 Steelyard pieces featured in Veranda’s The Cultivated Life section, and then check out our own Palm Beach “Retro Redux”!


When it comes to the real deal, legacy brands like Kindel Grand Rapids, Century, Highland House, Theodore Alexander, and Kravet are great sources for the traditional-with-a-twist old Florida look. We’ve pulled a few favorites from each, plus some décor.

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Sandy Hughes