Palm Beach was thankfully THE place to be over President's Weekend with the Palm Beach Jewelry Art and Antique Show coinciding with a huge Kofski's estate sale, not to mention the Lilly Pulitzer Estate Sale Preview. It was a shopping stormageddon with blue skies and perfect temperatures while every other state was paralyzed by snow and ice. The Dixie Highway was mightily stocked for the upcoming West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, so it was nice to get a leap on the inventory. If there is a more beautiful shopping street in the world than Worth Avenue please let me know, but I won't believe you. Addison Mizner's old world patina is groomed to perfection with bromeliads and orchids dangling from the trees. It takes my breath away.
I love to wander the labyrinth of Vias off of the main "drag" to discover more unique and curated boutiques in the inner courtyards. Lunching at Renato's off the Via Mizner is always a highlight for both the food and the people watching.
This is how men shop with their wives in Palm Beach. They read the paper in splendor while their family works their way around the perimeter. Clearly the orange shorts memo has spread. So lets begin with my hands down favorite store...
Mary Mahoney as each setting is a different inspiration artfully composed mixing infinite combinations of china patterns, glassware, exotic linens and flatware. Table top doesn't get any better than this. Take it from me, I still have my 1961 FAO Schwartz tea set and have been arranging tables ever since.
My complete addiction to ceramic fruits and vegetables, especially miniatures, is a standing joke in certain circles. Thank you Eva Gordon!! Where have you been all my life?
I would be very well behaved indeed with this limited edition size (100) Herend Fireworks Dragon guarding the wine bottle!! Sadly, for $3,850.00 I don't think it will come any cheaper, as it looks to be sold out on the Herend website. Maybe I could talk the neighborhood into buying shares in it.....
Might I add...that people who will not walk into high end stores because they are too expensive are MISSING THE BOAT! Sorry for the typographical shouting, but I have never seen such stunning table tops and will return to these images often for inspiration for my own soirees. Well, we haven't made much progress down Worth Avenue, but I could not leave a single vignette out.