Veranda January - February 2016

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Cozy Up A roundup of fabulous fireplaces, like this one from the French-inspired California estate on page 118, will have you wishing for a stay-at-home snow day. Sunshine State Dazzled by the Palm Beach retreat on page 80? We’ve put together a collection of other stylish villas, cottages, and pieds-àterre from the storied seaside city. 24/7 Style Don’t miss our daily download of design and fashion news, happenings in the world of luxury real estate, and the latest in arts, culture, and fine jewelry. Veranda.comis the source for all things stylish. follow us luxury living A VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: METALS OF HONOR The master forgers at Rocky Mountain Hardware will award one lucky reader a $1,000 gift certificate—to use for a custom nameplate like the one shown in our “In the Details” section (page 41), or on any of…

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decorating detours

I’m pretty confident in my personal design decisions—I know what I like and don’t like— but recently I had one of those “What have I done?” moments. After painting my hallway a bold, bright color, I realized that I hadn’t taken into account a couple of external factors, particularly the way different types of light would alter the shade. Sure, I had done my due diligence, painting large test swatches and examining them throughout the day and evening. But the glow of a new light fixture installed after the fact dramatically changed the space’s hue after dark. What had been a pretty apple green during the day turned a garish shade of chartreuse at night. To keep the harshness at bay I had to dim the fixture to its lowest…

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fine lines

MEGAN HESS’S FAVORITE THINGS megan Hess’s illustrations for luxury brands like Prada, Dior, and Tiffany & Co. are a taxonomy of bright young things: swan-necked lookers sipping Champagne in bows and boa feathers, stiletto-heeled wonder women taking tea in balloon and pencil skirts. There are chignons and topknots, wildly glamorous Afros, cinched waists, jumpsuits, and ruffles galore. No surprise, then, that Hess herself skews ladylike with a fashion-forward twist. “I like femininity: elegant dresses and a look that’s eclectic and vintagey without feeling retro,” says the Melbourne-based artist. Like any fashionista worth her Manolos, she invests in key pieces—a jacket from Saint Laurent, a Chanel handbag, a Dior skirt—“forever” standbys she can wear for years. Though Hess tends toward a palette of black and white (“there could be an intervention soon”), she isn’t…

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abstract sensation

The works of 20th-century artist Vasily Kandinsky are joyful interplays of color, line, and form—seminal in the development of modern art—and they figure lately as the happy inspiration for accessories, from fabric to tables to teapots. The goods adopt the palettes and geometries of works like Dominant Curve (1936, above), part of the Guggenheim’s influential collection of Kandinskys. A selection of his finest paintings is now on view in the artist’s namesake gallery through spring. 2, 8, 10: ALISON GOOTEE/STUDIO D; DOMINANT CURVE: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK, SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDING COLLECTION 45.989…

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field notes

BELPERRON, REDUX Female master jewelers were rarer than black jadeite in the early 1900s, when Suzanne Belperron (left) designed baubles for the style set from her Paris atelier. Beloved by everyone from Diana Vreeland to Lauren Bacall, Belperron pieces hold up gorgeously today: so much so that her eponymous brand was recently purchased and relaunched, with a jewel-box New York flagship (above) stocked with vintage and reproduction pieces and a sparkling book release. 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 1210; GALLIVANTING WITH GREATNESS Design legends Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette’s travelogues have been brought to gilt-edged life in The Walk to Elsie’s, a limited-edition set of historical fiction by Hutton Wilkinson and Flynn Kuhnert—essential for the original Duquette illustrations alone. $250; HOOP DREAMS What’s round and bold and glittery all over? A classic earring…

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in the details

walkway tiles RECLAIMED EUROPEAN TERRA-COTTA MARKS A LUMINOUS PATH TO THE FRONT DOOR Antique Terracotta tiles are harvested from Mediterranean farmhouses. From $15 per square foot; house numbers GOOD-LOOKING SIGNAGE CAN FEEL LIKE JEWELRY FOR YOUR HOUSE’S FACADE 1. Serif numbers, $69 each; 2. French Enamel house plates, $16 each; 3.Hand-Welded numbers, $30 each; lacquered doors A BRIGHT AND SHINY PORTAL IS A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A STYLISH FIRST IMPRESSION Gleaming front doors are a trademark in Europe and especially Holland, where high-gloss enamel is de rigueur. The Dutch Door Kit from Fine Paints of Europe provides all the ingredients necessary to re-create the look, including sandpaper, primer, and any one of 32 juicy shades. $110; mailbox A COPPER RECEPTACLE WILL ACQUIRE A LOVELY PATINA AND TURN A DAILY CHORE INTO A JOY (OR…