The Painted Ox: Masters of Vintage Furniture Facelifts

We’re checking back in at one of our favorite SoSo shops, Painted Ox, who has clearly earned a PhD in re-imagining and re-designing quality vintage and antique items. Their before and after photos are more impressive than those high priced plastic surgeons across the bridge.

Don’t believe me? Check these out recent transformations….

Nothing Flows

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to Pink Flamingos

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Chest of Snores

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Best of Shores

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A little rough

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to Swanky Stuff

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Don’t let you interior become a snooze fest this summer. Head to Painted Ox for fun, unique finds sure to wake up your decor with a much-needed energy boost.

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The Painted Ox
5800 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL  33405
561-598-8888

Fab Find: Vintage Gucci Stirrup Cups

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We are so crushing on these Gucci Stirrup Cups at Palm Beach Antiques and Design Center. With gorgeously detailed horse, hare, fox and dog toppers made out of brass, they would be the perfect accent to a stylish bar area or curio cabinet.

Not savvy in stirrup cups? Here’s a little history lesson:

Stirrup cups were most popular during the 18th and 19th century. The specialized beverage vessel was often presented to a rider on horseback, while their feet were in the stirrups, as they were departing or arriving home from a hunt. Riders were required to down the contents (typically a wine or spirit-based punch, watered down and spiced to taste) fairly quickly which is why the cups typically had no base. This also necessitated servants to be on hand to deliver the cup to the drinker.

While less expensive versions were available in ceramic, the most elegant and elaborate were made out of silver. These statement-making Gucci cups (available for $1,600 for the set) were produced in the 1970s and individually signed.

Bring this dapper quartet home and dress up your next happy hour. They are sure to generate some lively cocktail party conversation.

PBA

Palm Beach Antique & Design Center
6910 S Dixie Higway
West Palm Beach, Fl 33405
Tel (561) 588-5868
info@palmbeachantique.com

Summer Hours (June 1 until September 1)
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm

 

Like To Be In The Hot Seat? The Painted Ox Can Help.

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Have a dull space in desperate need of a style resuscitation or a little color therapy? Look no further than The Painted Ox for readily-available cures. The Southend shop is known for its chic re-imagined vintage finds and employing a healthy dose of color.

Check out these swank seats currently in stock:

PaintOx1This vintage arm chair, upholstered in a mod Trina Turk fabric and lacquered in high white gloss ($475) , deserves to be the seat of honor in your lackluster living room.

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These corner dwellers ($480 for the pair) are anything but wallflowers with their appropros-Palm Beach Lilly Pulitzer fabric and white lacquer finish.

Paintox3This hand-painted (in a Swedish finish) and dynamically dual-fabric upholstered French chair ($798) will have you crying “oui, oui, oui” all the way home.

With amazing creations constantly debuting in store, it is well worth your while to stop by and browse the Painted Ox’s collection. Just don’t be surprised if you’re quickly jonesing to take a seat.

The Painted Ox
5800 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL  33405
561-598-8888

Garden Party….So-So Style (Thanks to C.Bell)

With Spring right around the corner, there’s no time to waste stocking up on supplies for your own posh Palm Beach Garden Party. With a beautifully landscaped background in place, fill your foreground with stylish pieces from the Southend’s own C.Bell.
Iron Leaf Chair

A botanical-inspired lacquered Iron Leaf Chair from Stray Dog Designs ($725 each) is the perfect seating to complement a Spring dress code.

Also available in bright white and indigo for those with a different color scheme.

The “no white after Labor Day” rule doesn’t apply to the Palm Beach world.

Garden Stool

Feel free to let this O Garden Stool from Emissary ($315) delight outdoors year-round as a multi-tasking master (stand-alone stunner. side table, extra seating).


Tray Turquoise

This Turquoise and White Lacquered Serving Tray with high gloss finish from Swing Design ($175) is ideal for fashionable cocktail delivery to parched guests.

Looking for something perfectly Garden-suited to sip on? Try this recipe from the Weddings by the Breakers blog.

ROASTED PEACH LEMONADE

Roasted Peach Lemonade
Photo courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

What you’ll need:

4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced in half
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 cups fresh lemonade

How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F for roasting.
2. Place the peaches (skin side down) in a baking dish and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
3. Roast the peaches for about 25 minutes or until the tops of the peaches are juicy at the skins and can be easily pinched off.
4. Remove the outside of the peach skins and drop the roasted peaches into a blender.
5. Pour in enough lemonade to cover the peaches in the blender and puree the peaches completely, until the liquid is a little foamy and frothy.
6. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and stir in the rest of the lemonade.
7. Let chill, stir and serve with a smile!

(This is a G-Rated version. For the over-21 set looking for more adult entertainment, feel free to add Tito’s Vodka to your liking.)

ABOUT C.BELL

Welcome to C.Bell
Tradition with a Twist

C.BELL is a constantly evolving collection of contemporary, custom and 20th century pieces. Here is a mix with a point of
view – a savvy source for chic and sophisticated interiors. Is it Palm Beach Regency or Modern Ming?

Perhaps it is a unique shape, an intriguing texture, a hint of glamour, or simply …refreshing color.

BRIGHTEN UP…. with Palm Beach Revival style.

Christin Bell XOXO

C.Bell
906 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Tel. 561 533 6505
Email: christine@cbellfurnishing.com

Norcross Patio’s Swing into Spring Event

Looking for an excuse to check out the fun items we posted earlier this week in “SoSo’s Norcross Patio is Feeling Blue”?

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Norcross Patio
5023 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-4769
norcrosspatioandgifts.com

SoSo’s Norcross Patio is Feeling Blue

Let blue, the eternally stylish shade of coastal chicness, capture your 2015 design imagination. SoSo’s Norcross Patio, whose inspired window displays have been known to cause more than a few incidents of South Dixie rubbernecking, currently has a fun selection of blue home decor and entertaining accessories in stock including:

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A funky and functional Neptune Crème Pouf from Jax and Bones ($95).
Made using occasional outdoor fabric, this swank seat can go wherever the party is.

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Seahorse embossed place cards from Caspari ($8.50)
Manage the tricky politics of seating arrangements and turn a simple dinner into a soiree with these cards and the flick of a pen.

Indigo

Two’s Company Indigo Paper Placemats ($25)
Forget the kiddie table, these paper placemats have earned a spot with the grown-ups thanks to their stylish ways.

Visit Norcross Patio when you’re ready to start singing the blues.

Norcross Patio
5023 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-4769
norcrosspatioandgifts.com