There is nothing more fun than discovering a new-to-me designer, and I was tickled pink when I discovered the work of Erin Condron Interiors. Founded in Boston in 2014, Erin’s portfolio includes residences throughout the East Coast including Nantucket and Palm Beach. Frequent travel to these locales–as well as international travel to India, Latin America, Iceland, and Europe–has allowed Erin to hone an aesthetic that is personal to the client, while still being rooted in the timelessness of fundamental design traditions.
We are delighted to welcome Erin to The Glam Pad today as she takes us on a tour of a stunning 1960s home she designed in Palm Beach. Photography was graciously provided by Sarah Winchester.
Q: Please tell me about the history of the home.
A: This sweet little ranch style house is situated in the north end of Palm Beach and was built in the 1960’s. The prior owners did some upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms before my clients purchased the home.
Q: What was the condition of the house… how extensive were renovations/remodel?
A: When our client’s first purchased the home, it was an extremely blank canvas. There was a lot of work to be done throughout the entire home. The home lacked cohesion (the prior owners used 4 different types of flooring) and warmth (all the walls were white and bare without built ins…it was a very sterile environment). I started designing the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living and family room right away. I always start my design with the largest room in the home. Next, I work on the colors for the space and focus on one large design element. In this home, I started with the living room focusing on the large carpet. We had already settled on the amazing coral color for the built-ins in this room and I incorporated a little of that color into the rug. I also brought in some of the greens from the outside with other soft serene colors. The colors in that rug set the tone for the rest of the house. If you look closely, every color in that rug is seen somewhere else in the home! I also collaborated with the cabinet maker designing the built-ins in the living room and the family room. We even carved out that little bar in the family room. We pulled up tile in the bathroom and pulled out backsplash. We put down carpets and wallpaper to create a warm and homey feeling.
After completing the design work inside, I eventually made my way outside where we worked on redesigning the pool area with new tile, furniture, and landscaping. One of the best parts of Florida living is that you can have an amazing outdoor area that becomes an extension of your living/family room. So it was important to plan this out carefully, taking into consideration the way the space would be used (entertaining, watching a football game, sipping coffee while reading the paper, etc.)
Q: What was the vision/inspiration for the decor?
A: I really believe in bringing the outside in. When I first toured the house, I was so inspired by the lush, beautiful greenery outside that I knew I wanted to bring that color into the house. In the family room, you see the beautiful palm frond fabric we used in the draperies and the amazing green sectional sofa that we had made for the space. I also wanted to bring a hint of British West Indies style into the home. You see this with the beautiful deep wood tones in the family room built ins and the Ming style coffee table with the deep rich java stain. Bamboo tables, frames, and caning on the chairs coupled with the Ralph Lauren raffia paper on the wall and the neutral rug make for a beautiful room.
Q: Did the client have any specific direction, requests, art, family/antique pieces to be used, etc?
A: These clients are the best balance of loving color and texture but also appreciating a neutral. Their one request was to bring in color-vibrant colors and textures. And I think we accomplished that. But I also added some softness and neutrals where I could to balance out the rooms. In the living room you have those beautiful bold coral built-ins and that delicious rug with beautiful colors. In contrast, I softened the room with the ivory sheer draperies and the cream-colored sofas. If you look closely at every room, there is a soft, neutral element in there. My client had her heart set on a lemon and lime room and we created this look in one of the smaller en-suite bedrooms. It was a smaller room but it packed a punch. My client and I spent a day together hunting for antiques and treasures in the Palm Beach area and we found those divine bamboo chairs in the back of family room behind the sofa. As soon as we saw them, we knew they had to come home with us and I knew just the spot for them.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: The pink and green guest bedroom (the one that overlooks the pool) was the very last room that I designed. I actually encouraged the clients to live in the home for a season before decorating it. I wanted them to settle in and see how they would use the space. There was the option to make it a home office or make it an extra bedroom. In the end, I am glad we waited. Because I was really able to dig in and create a complete “Palm Beach” room. The pink and green are classic Palm Beach colors and with the backdrop of the beautiful pink chaises outside the room by the pool with the classic striped umbrella it made for a really gorgeous room. I spent a lot of time designing the custom cornice that you see in that room. The ceilings are low and I wanted to create an inversion of the headboard so the shape was repetitive and your eye would follow the same shape. Also, we ended up making this a bedroom and added a beautiful desk in the corner so that it doubled as guest quarters and an office.
Q: What are some of the fabrics, paint colors, lighting, furnishings, etc. you used throughout?
A: Entry: Coleen Rider Custom Pagoda Lantern, Oomph Tuxedo Park Chests, Carvers Guild Custom Wave Moderne Mirrors, Visual Comfort lamps
Kitchen: Wallpaper Philip Jefferies JACKS JUNGLE – ZEPHYR ON WHITE MANILA HEMP, Custom Banquette in Pindler Fabric.
Living Room: Custom JD Staron rug
Guest Bedroom (Turquoise): Custom Headboards covered in China Seas New Batik Turquoise on New Navy Fabric, Mally Skok Julia Double in blue fabric on pillows, Oomph Easton Nightstand
Guest Bedroom (pink and green) Philip Jefferies Wallpaper Chromatic in Lime Zest, Highland House Headboard covered in Schumacher fabric with Samuel and Sons trim. Mally Skok King Proterra in pink fabric on long pillow with Samuel and Sons trim.
Thank you Erin and Sarah for sharing this delightful home with us today! To learn more, please visit Erin Condron Interiors and Sarah Winchester Studios and follow @erincondroninteriors and @sarah_w_studios on Instagram for ongoing inspiration.