The two end tables he designed using samples of old planks in a checkerboard design on the fronts are the best examples of his recycling efforts.
“The room is all about me,” Pubillones says. “I see it as a starched guayabera, dressy but not too dressy.”
Gary McBournie, a Boston designer with offices in Nantucket and Palm Beach, took his inspiration for the master bedroom with wallpaper and fabric made famous in the 1960s by Amos Morrill in Antiqua, West Indies. Designer Lee Morrill-Harrington discovered her father’s old black leather portfolio filled with sketches, notes and pieces of fabric he designed. McBournie worked with Morrill-Harrington and archivist Stephanie Long of Antilles Designs to update the original patterns into a more graphic look in bolder colors. McBournie also added stripes to allow for mixing patterns.
His choice for the dominant look in the room was his Banana Bird pattern in Sunset Orange accented with Tangy Stripe fabric. This is a great example of how a room can feature a lot of print without being overwhelming. He used Banana Bird in wallpaper, as upholstery and on window shades. The trick to making it work is his use of white furniture, including nightstands and an étagère from his Gary McBournie Home Collection. He also used solid green and white bedding and sheer white panels on the four-poster bed to break up the pattern.
The fireplace was given a tropical accent with panels made out of bamboo by Bamboo and Rattan in West Palm Beach.
TOUCH OF ZEN
Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher of Jennifer Garrigues in Palm Beach worked together to create a living room of textures with comfortable seating.
“They (design chairmen Bill Kopp and Stephen Mooney) told us they wanted us to design something with a Key West look,” Garrigues says. “We took them literally and asked ourselves what we would want in a Key West home. We used two big slipcovered sofas that are appropriate as well as practical. Then we asked ourselves, ‘Why don’t we get a little edgy?’ ”
The edgiest element is a large pierced metal ball from India that reflects patterns on the ceiling when the light is turned on. A large media cabinet is made of sheesham, also called Indian Rosewood. Sheesham is considered “green” because it is a fast-growing hardwood that comes from government managed plantations. This piece, with its ridges, is reminiscent of an old-fashioned washboard.
The screens, used as window treatments, are one of the best ideas to steal from the show house. The white custom-made screens were created in an X pattern. The finishing touch was stapling sheer white fabric to the back so that they provide privacy and filter light while providing architectural elements to the room.
Allison Paladino of Allison Paladino Interior designs in Jupiter, who has designed a furniture collection for E.J. Victor and framed images for Trowbridge, made the best of an awkward space in the second floor hallway by promoting her two lines.
“Anytime I’m presented with a second floor hall large enough to display furniture, I like to treat it as a second foyer,” she says. “And, like any great foyer, there should be a feeling of intimacy and surprise, and a place to visually rest before continuing into the home.”