Carleton Varney
Apr 22, 2022

Let's Shed Some Light on Lampshades

The decorating accessory of the moment, believe it or not, is the lampshade. Shop the market today and you’ll find lampshades of many different hues — or, dare I say it, shades? You'll also find a wide variety of shapes, from cones and squares to hexagons and octagons. 

Who else in Palm Beach has noticed what seems to be far more traffic than usual this season? It seems like everyone wants to either live on the island or visit it. 

And that means it may take me a little longer in the car to visit some of my favorite destinations, but the following stops are worth the red lights, the traffic tie-ups and the bridge crossings. 

Carleton Varney
Apr 01, 2022

A Collection of Thoughts About Gucci

I recently headed to Broward County to see a movie at a multi-screen theater in Pompano Beach (which is not a bad drive from Palm Beach). The movie was “House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, and I would recommend it. 

Some of my friends had told me they expected the film and its stars to be nominated for Oscars, so it came as a surprise when they were not. 

As much as I love color — and there's a lot to love- the charms of white should not go unsung. 

I like white indoors on crown moldings, chair rails and wainscoting. I love clean-and-crisp white sheets. And I love white wicker, whether in a sunroom or on a porch or loggia.

Carleton Varney
Mar 18, 2022

Home fragrance can be a key part of decor

When I arrive home each evening, there's magic in the air with the fragrance of honeysuckle coming from the bushes I planted near my front door. The scent is so fresh and welcoming.

I have known Palm Beacher Regine Traulsen, who is married to former Town Councilman William Diamond, for many years. We met on an American Airlines jet way back in the 1970s. 

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