Book Review: Palm Beach Panache

Palm Beach Panache by Carolina Fernandez; Photos by Alissa Dragun

Published by Decorativa Press

Carolina Fernandez is a fascinating woman. Successful author, mother of 4, visual and performing artist, arts advocate, and avid house renovator (currently gearing up to take on house number 12), Carolina started her career on Wall Street as a private wealth manager. Her ballet through the world of municipal bonds and motherhood, books on parenting, finance, and interior design is captivating, and so is her third book Palm Beach Panache: Infusing Island Style With Serendipitous And Re-Imagined Finds!

Stunning photos captured by West Palm Beach photographer, Alissa Dragun, South Moon Photography fill the 170+ pages of the book, and Carolina gives those of us who have an ability to shop in and around Palm Beach, a resource sheet of amazing stores (some photographed in the book) where you can find wares from mid-century to European antique, silver and crystal to fabrics, galleries of art to trusted shipping and delivery services to those of us who may need to send our finds a little further north. Truly a book to inspire, engage, and reference Palm Beach Panache is a must-have to any well appointed interior design book library.

Photocredit: South Moon Photography, from Palm Beach Panache

“The Living Room is without delay in the front front of this publish-warfare ranch domestic. Modern arm chairs, received at a Palm Beach tag sale, own chrome bases; the stained, waxed concrete fireside surround become brought by using Goldstein, owner of Cashmere Buffalo. Note chrome steel and tempered glass fireplace display screen; animal rug atop the Oriental rug; and tall floor lamp with white glass color. Floors are terrazzo.”

Anyone can prepare a book of beautiful photos. Well, nearly every body. But to author a e book on fashion, you need to absolutely outline it, and Carolina does a outstanding activity. Indeed, Palm Beach Panache is generally about a nation of mind, an openness to being one along with your surroundings and embracing a colourful, lovely domestic. Bright pinks and vegetables, turquoise, orange, and the motifs represented in Lily Pulitzer fabrics all epitomize the Palm Beach Panache colour palette. Furniture within the mid-century current style and French antiques build a decorative foundation of the Palm Beach Panache style. Infuse people with a current and worldly series or two, and also you, my buddy, are well on your way to embracing wonderful island design.

Photocredit: South Moon Photography, from Palm Beach Panache

“White sectional upholstered sofas; black Hans Wegner chairs; and a Paolo Piva coffee table set on a Romero Britto rug. 1960-1970’s floor lamp is via acclaimed German industrial clothier Ingo Maurer; abstract portray is by means of a neighborhood artist; the cell imitates floor tiles; “Nana Wall” trimmed in black; black-and-white geometric-specified ceiling fans; and collection of African mask and sculputures in built-in niches.”

Photocredit: South Moon Photography, from Palm Beach Panache

“An outsized bust; spherical eating table; French salon chairs updated in Palm Beach blue; and blue-and-white porcelains top terracotta tiles. At MeCox Gardens.”

Another wonderful asset to the Palm Beach Panache book is Carolina’s references on where you can go in and around Palm Beach to shop for the things needed to build your own degree of Palm Beach Panache. Shops from high-quality antiques on prominent Worth Avenue, to thrift stores in nearby Jupiter, Carolina takes you step-by-step, neighborhood-by-neighborhood with tips and tricks for shopping like a local, and scoring the best deal!

Photocredit: South Moon Photography, from Palm Beach Panache

“A widespread assortment of French antiques, garden furnishings and adorns, lighting fixtures, baskets and accessories. At Authentic Provence.”

Photocredit: South Moon Photography, from Palm Beach Panache

“Vintage Painting of Mama Cas by using Verna Feke; Karl Spring hearth display; white vintage Roche Bobois white couch; vintage Paul Evans coffee table; Jansen chairs in tiger stripe cloth; an early 1960’s Robert Cook sculpture fill the living room.”

This room-by-room guide to decorating with island exuberance is a joy to peruse from cover to cover. Carolina’s zest and panache for interiors and for the Palm Beach locale is evident in every word, and her creativity is inspiring. I highly recommend you take a look at the book for yourself, and pick up your very own copy, (maybe a few for friends) at the amazon link below:

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