We’ve been dreaming for years to make a shopping excursion to the Dixie Highway in Palm Beach and our trip to Maison et Objet in Miami (blog post on that next week!) gave us a perfect excuse to sneak up there. So many delights to be found as you poke around antique shop after shop down this storied street.
Our first stop was The Elephant’s Foot. You enter this store and feel like you’ve peered behind the curtain at the design secrets of Palm Beach’s grandest houses. Large scale urns, blackamoors, porcelain animals are at every turn. You can find some really unique and obviously custom pieces as you browse. We saw a crazy cool shaped bamboo bar with chinoiserie inlay, as well as a pair of cowhide covered (!) dressers. Such an experience!
Next door is the always fabulous Mecox Gardens. While Mecox is not unique to the Dixie Highway – they have stores in New York, the Hamptons etc – this outlet is brimming with Florida style and their famous vignettes are uber chic as always.
Cross the street and you come upon the jewel box of The Brass Scale. Elegance abounds in this little gem. Every surface is covered with something great. Layers upon layers. How about a tiger swag and on a console underneath is a tiger cachepot?! Come on – too great. Oh and Dodie Thayer ceramics (already sold thank you very much – they don’t last long around here). And life size bronze greyhounds with diamante collars? yup. Zebra wallpaper with a Big Eye painting on it. Oh yes. Oh, and a little red wagon filled with porcelain animals!!! We love the kitsch and glamour mixed together in this absolutely fantastic shop – brava Brass Scale!
As you continue strolling you come across a double door, one side is Palm Beach Vintage – the must-stop-shop for vintage designer essentials from the closets of Palm Beach doyennes. But the door to the right leads to Palm Beach Vintage Home which has an incredible mix of 70s chic and great glass pieces, it is a stylistic break from all of the regency style pieces that you find along the highway, and proprietors Greg Chappell and John Finger have a very sophisticated eye. Take these brass gazelles that serve as a table base to probably the coolest cocktail table ever. Don’t you want to sit down on that rose colored couch wearing a hostess gown and toast your friends with a Campari?
Oh what a cool dip in elegance is the fantastic and fabulous shop that is C. Bell!!! We had such a wonderful time chatting with Christine Bell, the uber-tasteful brains behind this gorgeous shop. Her eye is flawless and her mix of vintage and current pieces is clean, crisp and timeless.
Well, our last stop was the treasure trove among treasure troves – Bamboo & Rattan, a mind-blowing collection of – yep – bamboo and rattan that is literally hanging from every surface around the store. This is place is everyone’s not-so-best-kept secret of the Highway. All of the biggest interior designers get handmade pieces from here. Their workroom is right in the shop and such a treat to get a peek at how it all comes together. Hollywood calls – they provided much of the furniture on Netflix’s Florida Keys based drama, Bloodline (which, btw, if you have not watched yet – DO IT! it’s so good!). Greeted by the charismatic proprietors – Paul and Charlene, and, of course, their talkative parrot – it was a blast. A quintessential Florida moment. We can’t wait to come back!
A little off the beaten path of the Dixie Highway, but NOT to be missed is the insanely great Circa Who. This shop is filled to the brim with Florida Regency finds, but they have all been restored and painted under the eye of style-to-spare owner Tracy who chooses the most fabulous colors and divine fabrics, you will want to walk out the door with everything. We wanted this elephant coffee table ASAP!!!
Well, Dixie Highway – we had a BALL!!! Can’t wait to come back and explore some more!
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