Take it up a Notch

Yesterday, Palm Beach interior designer Joseph Pubillones was kind enough to allow me to take some before and after photos of one of his projects.

The question was, how can you create the most impact with a smallish budget?

Well, he told me, he had just finished such a project. His client has redone her apartment, and although it was pleasant, it was too “matchy matchy,” and she wasn’t happy with it.

With many windows, the unit does catch some lovely Intracoastal views. Furnishings are traditional and nice quality and the green and coral color palette are quite Florida. Pubillones, though, was asked to add some pizazz. So, he added pillows, put a huge floral arrangement on the sideboard, changed out a few accessories, placed a sculpture on the coffee table, and tilted a chair…

A taste of wine, and a lampshade change
A taste of wine, and a new lampshade!

He also changed out lampshades.

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Make those colors pop!

Interestingly, Pubillones chose to add some pillows in a shade of wine, muting the color scheme, but adding some nice contrast at the same time.

Makes me want to take a closer look at my own home, for sure! I’d get rid of my granny collection of pillows, if I could, but i can’t…they are gifts, and what else would I do? Paint that darn table, for another thing! And would I really be able to add some plants  in those wonderful French wire antiques my mother gave me, and keep them alive? Perhaps I should try…

Need new car

But will probably make do with my volvo. used car salesman was a friend. he promised the car would outlast me.

Came upon this ad, and it made me laugh.

Discover Local Artists: Beatriz Alcántara

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As a little girl, in Lima Peru, Beatriz Alcántara escaped reality by discovering a world full of colors and by searching for unique shapes in the clouds.

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“Mercurio Danzante de Tijeras,” the Scissors Dancer,  18″ X 24″,  Canvas – acrylic, $2,600.

Looks like she’s found them by the looks of her work exhibited at the Morningside Branch Library Port St. Lucie show, which is up now through  June 30.

“The bridge between fantasy and reality sparked my desire to express feelings and emotions through art,” said Alcántara, who now lives in Port St. Lucie.

She began to study painting, and as she continued to explore her passion for art, she traveled to the highlands of Peru.

There, she was charmed by its natural beauty, as well as the culture and kindness of its people.

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Mujer de Chincheros,” Woman from Chincheros, 18″ X 24,” Canvas – acrylic, $2,600.
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“Silverio Vilcapaza,” the Carnival Dancer, 24″ X 36,” Canvas – acrylic, $3,700.

“I admired their joyful way of life, how they coexisted with nature in a seamless environment. They existed without many resources, but, never-the-less, their community flourished with wisdom,” she said.

Later, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa, visiting remote cities, and experiencing  customs and culture – and by assimilating these experiences, she began to develop her own style of art, which she describes as a fusion of naive art and Pointillism.

Morningside Branch Library is at 2410 Southeast Morningside Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. Hours are  9 a m. – 8.30 p m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.   For information, call (772) 337-5632.

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I don’t know a thing about opera, but isn’t this wonderful!!

Discover Local Artists: How Sweet It Is!

Do you crave something sweet?

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?

4-by-5-foot Banana Split
Carol Korpi-McKinley

If so, wet your appetite (and feast your eyes) on artist Carol McKinley’s “Junk Food” creations: enormous 10-foot tall ice-cream cones, 4-by-5-foot boxes of maxi-candies and humongous cake rolls, banana splits, and patisseries…

…which are on exhibit at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts’ exhibit, “Multiple Sins” through September 25.  A reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

She paints to elicit joy, she explains. “I used to do more serious paintings to work out my angst, but after I was done with them, I never wanted to see them again.

3 by 5 foot Ice cream sundae

“How can you not look at an ice cream cone and not feel happy?”

Most of her “Junk Food” canvases, she said, are representational of the “artist’s obsession with idolizing a single object and making an icon of it.”

Also, she adds, it allows her to indulge her sweet tooth. For her candy paintings, for example, she went through almost four boxes. “That added up to several dozen chocolates.”

Her “Junk Food” series started out because she wanted to send a card to her husband, John, who’s

crazy about sugar. They were dieting at the time, she recalls, and she decided he’d really like to have some ice cream.

“I knew that would make him happy, so I bought eight gallons and 30 toppings. I’d photograph the concoctions – ice cream melts too fast for still lifes — and he’d eat them when I was done.”

3-by-5-foot Ice Cream Cone With Cherry on Top

That was eight years ago. Recently, though, she quit smoking, and started a diet to lose a couple of pounds, and sure enough, that precipitated another “Junk Food” phase.

“I do seem to supplement this series every few years when I go on a diet. On an unconscious level, I guess I can justify eating my reference material.”

(McKinley loves sugar, but she’s not stuck on it.

She also paints landscapes, abstracts and animals.

Carol and John, by the way, are trim. They mostly dine on veggies and health food. – except on the weekends…)

Prices of her original canvases range from $4,800 to $15,000. Large-scale limited edition archival prints range from $1,450 to $1,620.

Also featured in “Multiple Sins” are Barry Seidman’s series of photographs, “Drinks” and “Smokes.”

The Lighthouse Center of the Arts is at 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Hours are 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All events are free to members and $5 for nonmembers.

For information, call (561) 746-3101.

4-by-5-foot Box of Chocolates
4-by-4-foot French Pastry Window

Foreclosures, May, Palm Beach County

I guess this is good news.For our county at least. Palm Beach County showed a slowdown in its foreclosure activity in May, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly market report. Palm Beach County saw a 21.29 percent drop in the number of foreclosures from May 2009, and a 1.98 percent month-over-month decline. The county also had the least number of foreclosures, 2,977, or one in every 215 households. Foreclosure filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

Broward, on the other hand, saw 6,719 foreclosure filings reported in May — one in every 120 households — and a 40.67 percent increase over the number of reported foreclosure filings in May 2009 and a 5.82 increase over April’s foreclosure filings.

Stress-buster:garden, 7 in the morning

I know my garden is messy. and old. But i enjoy the mishmash. What about that orchid? not bad for someone who has no garden know-how. The delightful thing flourished in spite of me! The other gorgeous plant to the left was a gift. it needs some tender loving care, but I don’t have a clue, and it’s so pretty anyway. The crown of thorn is also flourishing, but, alas, in these times, that doesn’t surprise me.

And another piece of good news. Mosquitoes no longer like me!

Interesting June for real estate in South Florida – and this is only June 8

Jimmy Buffett sells his 1925 Palm Beach mansion at 540 S. Ocean Boulevard for $18.5 million. The priciest sale for 2010, it was not listed, sold to a Delaware company with offices in New York, Via Marina, and was appraised for $23.3 million… we wonder – are his stone parrots that top the gates to his drive included in the deal? And that little duplex that he owns on Root Trail? Renters were told the lease will not be renewed.

A UK business school is opening in Miami. Starting with 30 part-time students, it has plans to grow to 600 students over the next three years…

Green Now’s plans to build a recycling facility in Sunrise were voted down in February by commissioners who said it did not meet city code. It also was protested by residents, who cited traffic congestion, noise and pollution as reasons. Principals of Green Now have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the city to reconsider.

And a $6 million plan to expand the Delray Beach retreat center of Opus Dei is being opposed to residents who see that, down the road, it may well end up as a drug rehab center.

So, I see, I have not been the only one protesting.

Discover Local Artists: Margaret Ziede

Margaret Ziede, who did not pursue art as a career after earning her fine arts degree, is rediscovering her artistic side. Her teacher and mentor, Jack Wild, has challenged her to learn to see the world through the eyes as a fine art photographer, she said, and he’s encouraged her to slow down and think things through.

Lush Waterfall, 18 by 24 inches, $180
Margaret Ziede
Margaret Ziede

“All of this thinking has made me want to understand why I find some images to be so memorable. There are those elusive moments when all the elements of a scene come together in a way that time seems to stand still.”


Sometimes light, color, form and mood  captures the subject and provoke the beholder to seek its deeper meaning and value. “Those images, regardless of how important or common they are, stay with us and become a part of our life’s experience,” she said. “Nostalgia for the past, hope for the future and a profound sense of now, can all be represented in the same still photograph. That is the real power of photography.”

The Water Garden, 18 by 24 inches, $180
Blue Horizon, 18 by 24 inches, $180

In her exhibit, at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton, she shares her observations, although she’s not sure she, herself, will ever fully understand them. She is compelled though, to continue to explore the world through through camera’s lens.

Does one of Ziede’s observations remind you of one of your own? Or are her images a reminder to slow down and enjoy and contemplate moments of our own lifescapes?


Graceful, 18 by 24 inches, $180

Eighteen of Ziede’s photographs reflecting themes for which she feels strong connections — “New York Nostalgia,” “In the Garden” and “Natural Abstractions” — are on display through June 29. The Spanish River Library is at 1501 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. Library hours are: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.

For information, visit Ziede’s Web site.