|By Jamee Gregory
How did I beat a bleak March week just past? Escape and head for John Mashek’s beautiful home to celebrate the good works of The Palm Beach Preservation Society. Arriving on a Thursday for dinner in a yellow-tented, orchid covered room as guest of Liz and John Schuler, partying at the Breakers at the Preservation Ball in a blue-and-white Steven Stolman decorated fantasy on a Friday, and dining at a long coral-covered dining table with pale green Parrot tulips marching down the middle as guests of John Mashek’s on Saturday, stimulated my appetite for color! Sunny days beachside set me strolling along Worth Avenue in search of a fix. I had to bring something cheerful back to New York!
A charming via makes one stop and admire the foliage and fountains. Diners take advantage of Bice’s outdoor garden for a late lunch, lingering over their pastas. Shoppers pass the busy tables longing for a breadstick.
The next shop to catch my eye is French Sole, its window covered with ballerinas in a zillion shades. These colorful classics are just right for spring, as modern today as they were on Audrey Hepburn’s slim and high-stepping feet.
|Maryanna and Suzanna’s Mediterranean pottery cannot be missed. Yellow and blue patterns, straight from Giverny, cover planters, dishes and pitchers. Pink and yellow planters, cups and mugs from Italy covered in garlands and single buds scream summer, just right for Southampton lunches and breakfast in the garden. How about a blue and white olive jar or side table covered in ceramics? Even one tile will brighten your home.|
|L. to r.: Bice's outdoor tables; Maryanna and Suzanna.|
|Next stop is The Reef, a cheery spot with pink and green chairs leading to its door. Inside, everything is covered with shells, raffia and summer hues. Chic, colored clutch bags, embroidered tops, painted furniture all demand one’s attention.|
|Outside and inside The Reef Boutique.|
|Calypso’s huge store is rich in merchandise. Tunics in lavender, lime and fuchsia, silky skirts in turquoise, pink and orange line the walls, lacy tanks in yellow, sandals in melon, bags in green prove that summer is not far away.
Leaving Florida with fond memories and a few bright purchases keeps one going through sleet and snow. March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Soon we’ll be done with black!
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