Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Palm Beach Social Diary

A mid-afternoon view from the designers’ show house looking east across the pool and Intracoastal Waterway towards Palm Beach. I took some afternoon snaps before Wednesday night’s preview party.
2011 American Red Cross Designers’ Show House & Preview Party
3000 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

By Augustus Mayhew

More than 300 guests turned out Wednesday night for the annual American Red Cross Showcase house staged at 3000 North Flagler Drive, along West Palm Beach’s waterfront with spectacular views of Palm Beach. Although people often ask me if I am a designer, and I must admit I do not know any designers, I can not imagine any organization whose work is more needed in the world these days than the American Red Cross. They seem to help everyone. And what better way for designers to showcase their imaginations and concepts while helping a worthy cause.

Showcase houses and House & Garden tours have been a Palm Beach tradition for more than 75 years. The Episcopal Church at Bethesda by-the-Sea held annual tours, I believe, as early as the 1930s. Most often, these tours included the island’s most renowned estates. The Red Cross Showcase house benefit began in 1976 when Barton Gubelmann and Sue Whitmore chaired the event.
This year’s chairmen include: Bill Kopp, general chairman, Betsy and Wally Turner, chairmen of the preview party, Stephen Mooney, design chairman, and Frank Maguire, boutique chairman. Traditional Home magazine is this year’s exclusive national magazine sponsor and Editor-in-Chief; Ann Omvig Maine will serve as this year’s honorary chairman.

The showcase house features the work of Chad Renfro Design, Gregory Lombardi Design, Inc., Homelife Interiors, J/Howard Design, Inc., Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design, Joseph Pubillones Interiors, Inc., Katherine Shenaman Interiors, Inc., Leta Austin Foster and Associates, Lisa Erdmann and Associates, Mario Nievera Design Incorporated, MMDesigns, LLC, Scott Robertson Interiors, Inc., Stephen Mooney Interiors, Studio Powers, and Smith and Moore Architects, Inc. - Interiors Division.

Tickets for the house tour are $30. For tickets and further information go to:
Wally and Betsy Turner, preview party chairmen.
Stephen Mooney, design chairman. Frank J. Maguire, boutique chairman.
A view of the east elevation from the sandy beach along the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking Palm Beach.
Owner Larry Post made his waterfront house available for the American Red Cross 35th Anniversary Showhouse.
I arrived at 6, shortly before the “300.”
The caterers set up across the street behind a ficus hedge. “We’re not quite ready yet.”
The violins sounded like they knew what they were doing.
Nadine Fite and Cristina Keogh. Danielle Moore.
The landings were designed by Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher.
Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher.
Above the fireplace, the mirrors extend to the ceiling.
The fireplace mantle’s centerpiece.
David Fite. Eden Tepper, design associate with Lisa Erdmann. Chad Renfro.
Designer Lisa Erdmann’s family room.
A family room tableaux.
The doorway into the master bath. The doorway leading into the master bedroom. Both entrances were designed by Stephen Mooney.
The 35th Anniversary American Red Cross Showhouse.
Chad Renfro designed the west guest bedroom.
The Renfro-designed guest bath.
Fran Samet, Leta Austin Foster, and Faustina Pace in the dining room, designed by Ms. Foster.
A table setting in Leta Austin Foster’s dining room.
Ensconced in the entrance hall niche. The powder room was designed by Judy Howard.
The sofa in the library, designed by Joseph Pubillones.
Joseph Pubillones. Michael Powers.
Mary O’Connor in the library designed by Joseph Pubillones.
The stairwell. Wednesday night’s full moon over Palm Beach.
A spray of color.
Reading matters.
La Bella Macchina at Jet Aviation benefits Best Buddies
Jet Aviation welcomed more than 1200 guests Thursday night to their annual La Bella Macchina reception highlighting the more than several hundred Ferrari owners who have converged on Palm Beach for this week’s Cavallino Classic Ferrari convention at The Breakers. The event benefitted Best Buddies and bestowed the annual Jet Aviation Cup to the evening’s finest Ferrari. .
Having gone to school and lived in Italy several years, I have a passion for all things Italian. And I recall Italians really like to talk about cars. And when it comes to design, I don’t know if it gets any better. So, when a friend mentioned taking in what appears to be the largest gathering of Ferraris in the country, I thought it might be some fun. As well as some of the classic Ferraris, I also developed an appreciation for the G250.
The “La Bella Macchina” reception is the finish line for the “Grand Driving Ferrari Tour” of Palm Beach where vintage and classic Ferrari owners motor from The Breakers to The Mar-a-Lago Club and The Chesterfield hotel before arriving at Jet Aviation’s PBIA hangar where an award is given, the Jet Aviation Cup, for the “finest Ferrari.” At the reception, a silent auction was held with proceeds tagged for Best Buddies.

Here is a look around, until the wafts of expensive cigar smoke told me it was time to go.
I arrived at sunset; several hundred enthusiasts had already arrived.
The private jet sales staffs were busy.
William Ramirez, with the Dallas Herald, and J. Christian Barnett, with Bombardier Lear Jet.
Airplanes were a topic of conversation.
After walking through several of the jets, the G250 was the most appealing to me.
By 7, the reception was well under way.
While the short black dress was everywhere, there were exceptions.
Ed and Sheri Wright.
Although it was close to 80 degrees, Jocelyne Dunn, the fur salon manager at Saks, Josephine Tiou, and their models spent the evening wrapped in fur coats and wraps.
The central bar was crowded.
And then, it was even more crowded.
But it was the Ferraris I had come to see and I wasn’t disappointed.
I liked the cloud reflections.
Everyone has an appreciation for the Ferrari style.
Jet Aviation’s Bella Macchina Cup for the “finest Ferrari.” Perche no tutti!

Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

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