Must-Have Decor Essentials To Freshen Up Your Home

Modern Master

Bring much-needed solace to the master bedroom with slumber-inspired additions and tech-savvy touches.

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When bright turquoise proved to be too much for this small Palm Beach guest bedroom, Angela Reynolds of Angela Reynolds Design selected a breezy palette of sands and shell pink to give it a dose of femininity. Grasscloth wallpaper and custom Kravet curtains stamped with a light palm leaf print adorn the walls and windows. Linen-wrapped nightstands bookend a Thibaut bed upholstered in a rose-colored fabric and the rattan settee stands ready for day-weary visitors;


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Center the room with a ceiling fixture like the Torsion fan. Boasting near-silent, energy-efficient technology, it puts a sleek spin on keeping things cool; $625; available at RH West Palm Beach;


New paint and upholstery can keep old furniture relevant. At Lili Batista’s quirky West Palm Beach furniture store, The Painted Ox, she and her team can reimagine any piece of furniture, regardless of its state of condition or size. She’s also known for her “out-of-the-ox” (a term she coined) creations, like this MacKenzie-Childs-inspired seat realized from four separate fabrics and colorful piping;

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Krista Watterworth Alterman of Krista + Home enlivened this dreamy Tequesta master bedroom with blue and gray hues that create a nexus between the home’s exterior spaces and panoramic vistas of the Loxahatchee River beyond. Walls were bathed in Sherwin Williams Stonington Gray paint, and white shiplap on the vaulted ceilings guide eyes heavenward. Wood accents and biscuit-colored hemp poufs from Uttermost balance out the sedative setting;


The Cleo table lamp by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort is a cerebral study in balance and geometry and looks equally heavenly on and off; $449; available at Capitol Lighting locations;


Set sail for the isle of sleep beneath the cottony softness of Waterford’s Gloria chambray comforter embroidered with an elegant vine scroll design; $190, includes a pair of shams; available at Neiman Marcus locations;


Retrograde may mean “moving backward,” but the Retrograde window shade by The Novogratz rocks a bold, futuristic feel; price upon request; available at The Shade Store;

Powder Room Panache

Give your bathroom the spa treatment it deserves with chic upgrades like mosaic tiles or wallpaper imbued with a touch of whimsy.


It doesn’t get much better than Kohler’s C3-201 toilet bidet seat. A remote control adjusts water temperature, and the spray’s motion and speed, and comes with LED lighting and a deodorizer; $1,571; available at Royal Bath Place in Lake Park;


Score a wow-worthy floor with mosaic tiles. The Laberinto Grand stone mosaic from New Ravenna was inspired by the parterres, or formal gardens, at Kensington Palace and Versailles; pricing upon request; available at Tile Market & Design locations;


Swimming with tropical fish without getting your hair wet is possible thanks to the whimsical Acquario wallpaper; $286/roll; available at Chelsea Lane & Company in West Palm Beach;


Transform your counter space with Labrazel’s mouth-blown Prisma lead crystal vanity set meticulously cut to let light filter through it; from $225; available at Pioneer Linens in West Palm Beach;


Nestled inside the Palm Beach Hotel Condominium is a pint-sized vacation rental named “The Pineapple Pad” that houses a bedroom, living room and kitchenette. Owned by Palm Beach Lately’s Beth Aschenbach and Danielle Norcross, the sisters decorated it with tropical touches like rattan, brass and pineapples, naturally. In the bath, they traded the tub for a contemporary glassed-in shower, and walls were covered with subway tiles and—what else?—an eco-friendly wallpaper from Wallshoppe with vertical rows of pineapples;


Give your bath a bedroom-like feel with Restoration Hardware’s Cela Shagreen-embossed double vanity, which emulates the countenance of a dresser; from $6,065; available at RH West Palm Beach;

Kitchen Couture

Dress up the heart of the home with unexpected luxuries like rock crystal pendant lights and animal-inspired hardware.

CALM Craft

For this Deerfield Beach kitchen, Michelle Castagna of Muse Design Studio incorporated soothing tones of cream, white and beige to create a serene environment her client could cook in and “calm her mind.” Custom cabinetry, chrome hardware and a linear tile backsplash were kept minimalistic to let art and textiles take center stage. Orient Express rope-weave counter stools and Loloi faux fur throws serve up extra texture and coziness;


Function and glamour collide in these Schaub cabinet pulls with a swan detail; price upon request; available at Miller’s Fine Hardware locations;

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When Waterview Kitchens’ Jim and Patty Anderson were tasked with dreaming up a kitchen for their clients, the proprietors of Blueline Surf & Paddle Co., they chose the ocean’s cerulean tint as their muse. The kitchen’s oversized island, which also serves as a gathering spot for the couple’s children and golden retriever, was painted denim blue and crowned with a Calacatta marble countertop. Sand-colored oak floors, cloud-white cabinetry and, the pièce de résistance, a wall-mounted surfboard, work collectively to reflect the family’s “life-is-a-beach” mantra;


Skip tiles for a tile-patterned alternative, like the Hammam wallpaper from Osborne & Little, which cleverly recreates the square glass tiles found in Middle Eastern bathhouses; price upon request; available at Osborne & Little in Dania Beach;


These reupholstered, mid-century modern bar stools by Charles Hollis will have everyone calling shotgun; $1,800/pair; available at Circa Who in West Palm Beach;


Crafted from clear and smoky rock crystals mined in Brazil, Wired Custom Lighting’s Principe II light pendant puts a gemological spin on indoor luminescence; price upon request; available at Wired Custom Lighting in Dania Beach;


Perfect the art of the double take with a countertop, backsplash or both that boasts an unusual surface design. Allied Kitchen & Bath created this spectacular kitchen bar with thick slices of blue agate from Caesarstone; price upon request; available at Allied Kitchen & Bath in Fort Lauderdale;

Luxe Lounge

Glam the living room up with needful prints, nature-inspired details and other cool finds.


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Cynthia Thomas of Cynthia Thomas Interiors knows that a single statement piece can trigger a design tsunami. For this Palm Beach island living room, Thomas used the client’s recently acquired Scott Kelley watercolor as her guide. The result was a sun-dappled space brimming with earthy tones and punches of tangerine, teal and antiqued gold. Multiple reclining options, such as a Milano sofa in a sand linen with Scalamandre accent pillows and a pair of velvety Wales Regency side chairs, provide ample spots to drink in the artwork and stellar views of the Brazilian Docks;


Give your coffee table the gift of long life with this Asian-inspired, midcentury modern coffee table coated with blue lacquer to resist water, stains and daily wear and tear; $1,450; available at Circa Who in Northwood;


Chockfull of famous femmes who touched the legendary shutterbug’s life, “Slim Aarons: Women” is the quintessential coffee table accoutrement; $85; available at Hive Home, Gift & Garden in West Palm Beach;


Dress up a plain façade with provocative wall art, like this art deco leaf design, which manages to appear mod, contemporary and organic at the same time; $128.30; available at Mecox Gardens in West Palm Beach;


Put dendritic beauty underfoot with the Forsythia I rug from Tai Ping Carpets. Made from Chinese silk and hand-dyed Tibetan wool, the rug’s colors and size are completely customizable; price upon request; available at Tai Ping Carpets in Dania Beach;


Trade worn-out sofa pillows for whimsical ones, like the pink hutch pillow covered in Hunt Slonem’s archetypal bunny print; $198; available at Pineapples, Palms Too in Jupiter;

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