Sunny Side Up

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | Category: Decorating, Magazines

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

I can’t help but feel a little envious of my amazing communications assistant, Colette, who recently returned from a weeklong getaway to Palm Beach…coming back tanned, blonder than ever and regaling us with stories of to-die-for houses on the exclusive island. Not only did she frequently send us snapshots of the lush paradise,  but she also picked up a Florida Design Magazine to share with my office, and the sunny skies and glistening pools that fill the pages are a sharp contrast to the painfully long winter we’ve had this year in Chicago.

{Colette’s photo of the view from the beach at Mar a Lago Club, Palm Beach}

{Colette’s photo of the view from the pool at Mar a Lago Club, Palm Beach}

Florida Design Magazine unfortunately does not offer an online edition, but luckily for us Architectural Digest has not surprisingly featured several magnificent Palm Beach homes in their glossy pages.

In fact, the home featured in this post is that of Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, yes…of the Estee Lauder family.  It is one of the most prominent estates on Palm Beach’s tony South Ocean Boulevard, complete with a team of full time security guards protecting the stately mansion.  Once Evelyn became the matriarch of the home after Estee retired from the estate in the late 90’s, she embarked on a massive renovation project to infuse light and cheerfulness to the gracious home.  Designed by Marion Sims Wyeth in 1938, the preeminent architect to the socialite Palm Beach crowd of the early 20th century, Evelyn and interior designer Thad Hayes made every effort to modernize the home while paying homage to its historic heritage.  It took a massive effort, Evelyn recalls, for the home to be brought up to date, but the end result was surely worth the effort.

While I do have plans to visit Florida soon- Boca Grande- where my in-laws have a home, I am thrilled to get an early start to my spring trip living vicariously through this and other dreamy Palm Beach homes.

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

{Lauder Estate, Palm Beach}

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9 Comments to 'Sunny Side Up'

Rita 30 Mar 11 at 9:43 am

Awesome Palm Beach …. !!!
All the image stuff is really amazing. I checked “Florida Design Magazine” out, its awesome 🙂

travelkate @ travelmoon 30 Mar 11 at 10:14 am

I’m a big fan of Palm Beach…what’s not to love-with all of the gorgeous eye candy! I have family there, so was able to visit in Dec and going agin in May-can’t wait! This Lauder Estate is beautiful!

Sarah (Matters of Style) 30 Mar 11 at 12:04 pm

Wow, the view in the first pic is AMAZING. I just got back from my first trip to Palm Beach and loved it!

Lisa 30 Mar 11 at 1:04 pm

the kitchen is sooooo beautiful!

PJ @ Home Accents | Garden Accents 30 Mar 11 at 1:20 pm

How I’m supposed to handle this vacation mood now that you got me in? 😉
Those are beautiful images of the Lauder Estate and are showing a nice touch of luxury.

[email protected] 31 Mar 11 at 10:25 am

Oh how I wish I was there right now, it’s beautiful !

Colette 31 Mar 11 at 11:37 am

Thanks for sharing about my trip, J!! I’m already missing me some warm weather


Darcy Davidson 31 Mar 11 at 10:34 pm

The Palm Beach kitchen is an amazing infusion of old with the vintage inspired cabinets and the diamond stainless steel backsplash.

The Lauder estate is absolutely breathtaking. What a beautiful house.

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