April 3, 2018

Introducing Kim Bauer (@orangetulipsforme)

I am so thrilled to introduce you all to my dear friend and fellow decor enthusiast, Kim Bauer (@orangetulipsforme). If you’re not already following her on Instagram, you need to —like now! If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time scouring IG for design inspiration. You really can’t beat the constant flow of visuals and the rush of inspiration and motivation that follows. But the best part of IG ( in my opinion) is connecting with others who share your passions! I’ve met so many talented, genuine, and all-around inspiring people over this medium and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I found Kim! She not only shares my love for colorful, Palm Beach-y decor... she lives here—in my hometown! How awesome is that?! The moment I discovered her feed, I knew I had to meet her in person and plan a project. 

I was elated when she agreed to meet me for drinks! We had the best time getting to know each other, talking about our home decor endeavors, and planning this tour! Kim is one talented decorator and I’ve been dying to photograph her stunning house and all the Palm Beach chicness it holds! 

I also asked her to share some details about her house and entertaining style…and just wait until you hear what she has to say about this amazing dining room (which her husband designed!), her fabulous decorative objects, and little tricks we could all use when planning (or not planning) a party!

I love how this Ethan Allen chinoiserie pagoda mirror and vintage sconces pop against the bright green walls. Ohhh these green walls are to die for! I just can't look away! So, so perfect!!!

Here are three things that will always stay in my collection no matter where I may live:. The Ethan Allen chinoiserie pagoda mirror. This piece is so stunning and dresses up the room like no other mirror could do.   Then there are the monkey sconces that  make me smile – They were a Craigslist find with a colorful history on their previous owners and homes they adorned.  Who doesn’t like a monkey in a fez?  Third – My collection of Minton Cockatrise china.  I spotted the set at a local estate sale.  They had a sentimental value to the owner’s family and they were having difficulty selling the china.  I’m so lucky to have been able to add these dishes to my collection. When I set the table I always think of the back story on the family and how their mother would be happy with their new home.

About the wall color – I knew it was a bit of a daring color. When I was in the paint store and working with the specialist on this mix I could see the look of disbelief in his eyes.   He aptly named it “Courageous Green”.   I love the color and it lends the Palm Beach feel I was trying to create.

I enjoy planning a party – for me the whole process is fulfilling.  Setting the table and readying the house for guests to arrive and serving them are all equally important.  I want our guests to feel comfortable, welcome and well served while visiting.  Little details are the big details!  I love the opportunity to pay special attention to the sights and sounds that welcome our guests. 

I use my china,  sterling and crystal!  No time like the present to party, right?  What is the purpose in keeping it tucked away where you may forgot about it?

And if there isn’t time to plan a party in advance I encourage you to put together an impromptu gathering.  Guests want to spend time visiting and not watch me work in the kitchen.  I’ve taken a bit of Ina Garten – the Barefoot Contessa’s suggestion and buy some of the menu items prepared in advance.  Not every element of the dinner party needs to be homemade.

These Minton Cockatrice plates are seriously drool-worthy! This is definitely one of my favorite china patterns to date! I mean, is there anything prettier than pink and green chinoiserie china and fabulous monogramed napkins to match? 

Napkins: Emily McCarthy // Hand Towel: Hempstead Thread

Lacquered Vintage Buffet: The Resplendent Crow // Cocktail Napkins: Paige Gemmel

The partial open floor plan provides for peeks into the living area, dining room, kitchen and the master suite. Each of these rooms has a specific style – one flows into the next.  My favorite room is the dining room.  We added this addition onto our home in 2017 in order to increase the footprint of our living area.  Without a doubt this was a risk worth taking.  The room has natural light exposure on three of the outside walls. My husband is an architect and we collaborated on the space and how it would flow as he was drawing the plans.  I know that for many, dining rooms are rarely used. That is not the case in our home.  Whether it’s the two of us for a simple dinner or a group of friends or family this room draws everyone in.  

Monkey Pillow: Paige Gemmel 

Lacquered China Cabinet: The Resplendent Crow  Custom Painting: @tomtomandco

It was such a privilege to photograph and showcase Kim’s stunning house! She is the sweetest hostess and her style is so beautiful and curated. Her blue and white collection is total #goals too!! I definitely see another project with her in the future —how fun would that be?

Hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend!!!