Sunday, September 17, 2023

Palm Beach Style & Yellow

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

This Palm Beach inspired dining room is from a Kips Bay Dallas Show House. I think it is a wonderful example of how well yellow works with blue and white Chinese porcelain. The millwork is beautiful as are the gorgeous plaster palm trees. The palm trees were created by one of Dallas' oldest plasterwork companies. The walls are stenciled.

I always find it interesting in show houses how you rarely see an electrical cord on a lamp. Many designers actually cut the cord off for the show house so nothing spoils the sartorial splendor. The rug is an antique Oushak.

Speaking of yellow, you don't see a lot of yellow Chinese porcelain pieces. I did have a beautiful vintage yellow Chinese garden stool that I gave to my daughter for their tiki bar.

Here is a wonderful one - I would love to find one like it.

Alessandra Branca

I love using pops of yellow here in Florida, but I tend to stay away from it as a dominant color in the room. It is sunny enough here already! I love the way Alessandra Branca has used it in this room combined with pinks and greens. This is a gorgeous color palette for anywhere and perfect for Florida.

Here I am in a yellow living room in Georgetown in DC with Alessandra Branca.

Alessandra Branca and Me


  1. I am a huge fan of A. Branca and am particularly smitten with her island house with red Chippendale railing...and of course with everything she does. The colors above are pure joy.

  2. Btw, that is a particularly stunning "yellow". Hard to find just the right one and the wrong one could be blah at best.

  3. The mill work is beautiful, as are the walls. Interesting that the ceiling appears to be made of white wood planks, which seems to be a rather plain choice next to the more elaborate walls. I'm wild about those plaster palms. Some years ago I saw this concept done in a room by Ralph Lauren. I'm not sure if those palms were made of plaster or wood, but I thought they were wonderful.

    Designers actually resort to cutting cords? Isn't there a way to hide them?

    Alessandra's choice of colors and patterns are so very pretty. It looks very much like a lady's room.

  4. I'm fascinated by the stenciling. The large pattern in the middle panels wouldn't be exactly easy, but the smaller, intricate pattern...holy cow, I can't even imagine how hard that must be.

    We inherited my MIL's house, which was built around 1790, and we're in the process of doing some "updates." We learned the hard way that 230 year old plaster walls do not do well with wallpaper. Straight up nightmare. Oh, and the house is in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania where there are no workers to be found & more cows than people (I.e. we have to do everything ourselves).

    So we recently stenciled one of the bedrooms, using the "blue bedroom" at Mount Vernon as our inspiration. I'm in Alexandria, and I know you used to live here, too, so I'm sure you're very familiar with Mount Vernon.

    Anyway, the stenciling was HARD!! It didn't help that we initially made every mistake in the book, including using the wrong type of paint. But for anyone who attempts to stencil, a product called Motsenbacher's Lift Off is the very best invention since sliced bread! :)

  5. @Anonymous: I'd love to know how exactly did you use Motsenbacher's Lift Off in your stenciling project? I checked out their website but couldn't figure it out, nor which product to use.

    1. When it is time to clean the stencil, spray the Motsenbacher's all over the stencil & let it sit a little while. It makes the cleaning process 1,000 times faster!

      Also, be sure to use the right kind of paint. We initially used Benjamin Moore Regal Select...big mistake. Apparently it has primer in it, which made the paint stick to the stencil. It basically ruined the stencil.

      After tears, we regrouped, bought new stencils, and used FolkArt craft paint, which went WAY better!

      Hope that helps! :)