Palm Beach decorating: Don’t be flummoxed by phlox-inspired room decor – Lifestyle – Palm Beach Daily News

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The pink, white, magenta and violet colors of phlox inspire decorating ideas for the master bedroom.

My sister, Vivian, who lives outside of Seattle in a small country town, recently sent me a text with a photograph of the phlox flowers in her garden. The pink, white, magenta and violet colors reminded me that phlox was my mother’s favorite flower in the garden she so carefully tended.

I also recalled how as a child, I used phlox in the arrangements I would enter in the annual shows held by the garden club at town hall in Nahant, Massachusetts. For many many years, the Varney children had a few arrangements in different categories to enter. I don’t remember ever getting first prize, but second and third, I do recall! There was definitely a decorator blooming in the flower show.

Perhaps my sister would remember what prize her entry was awarded.


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Palm Springs’ ‘Playboy Pad’ seeks $2.5 million

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  • The wet bar. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The kitchen. (Photo by James Butchart)

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  • Barbecue area off the kitchen. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The living room. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The family room. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The master suite. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • View of the fireplace in the master suite. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The master suite’s office. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • A view of the master bathroom’s shower from the outdoors. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • View of the guest suite from the poolside dining patio. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The guest suite. (Photo by James Butchart)

  • The home’s entry. (Photo by James Butchart)

A Palm Springs home that graced the April 1966 issue of Playboy magazine as an ultimate “Playboy Pad” is up for grabs for $2.5 million.


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Designed by modernist architect Stan Sackley

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Right At Home: Dining in the great outdoors, stylishly – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Squeezing the most out of summer — especially this coronavirus summer — has often meant eating and entertaining outside, for those with the space to do it.

“The goal today is to lavish just as much love and attention on your outdoor setup as you do your indoor rooms. Even if it’s just a fire escape in the city,” says interior designer Elaine Griffin, based in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Set the stage

To elevate your al fresco entertaining, she advises, begin with the layout.

Set up the dining table close to your indoor kitchen: “The further it is, the more oversize trays you’ll need to carry stuff out.”

Place your seating toward the best view you’ve got. And kids’ play areas should be easily seen.

“Think of the outdoors like you would an open plan interior,” Griffin says.

Get a good light source, whether it’s sunlight for breakfast or

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