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Colorful Coastal Home

A designer unleashes her love of color in her family's summer home

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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    The Palm Beach vacation home that interior designer Robin Weiss shares with her husband, Bill, might be pink, but sissy it’s not. The Bermuda-style exterior is bathed with a barely-there pastel of the girly hue. Inside, however, Robin concocted a decorative scheme that mimics the kind of tropical drink you might order at a swim-up bar—one charged with a high level of intensity not often replicated at home.

    After all, the house—built and designed by Florida architect William Wietsma—is not the primary Weiss residence. Originally from Long Island, the couple headed west in 1976 when Bill’s job required moving his family to Wyoming. Becoming accustomed to scenic mountain views and long winters, Robin (who continues to operate a design business in Jackson Hole) veered toward warm, subdued colors and antique textures as a backdrop with Western flair. But once the Weisses decided to live part-time in Florida, she pulled out bold, bright tones for their vacation home and never looked back.

    “I asked myself if I could get away with a palette that was so bright,” Robin explains. “I felt the rooms carried enough stature and grace to balance such drama. Each room was open on one side, so you were never bombarded by the color on all four walls.”

    The vibrant look begins in the living room. Robin splashed the room with vivid color, but the bones of the structure and appointments of furniture are quite traditional. Classic moldings, windows, and a fireplace were painted white as a contrast to the mottled, hot pink finish on the walls. A sofa and a pair of club chairs upholstered in an orange-and-pink toile fabric were brought from the Palm Beach townhouse where the Weisses lived before their new home was built. A lattice-patterned ottoman placed between the two club chairs adds to the spirit of the space. To avoid having everything match, a white camelback sofa in front of the center French doors and a lacquered Asian-style coffee table lighten and diversify the room.

    Traditional sensibilities pervade the dining room, too. A round bamboo table stained dark anchors the room under a gold-leafed crystal chandelier.

    “I bought the chairs for my daughter, who lives in New York. But she no longer had room for them in her apartment,” Robin says, “so I sent them to Palm Beach. Then I combed the area to find additional ones until I had a set.”

    The den tempers the shocking pink palette of the living and dining rooms but offers its own colorful statement with bright accents enlivening a neutral background of brown. Primarily used by Bill as an office, the room is handsomely attired. Enclosed by wood-paneled walls, the sofa and comfortable armchairs are covered in gray cotton fabric with rich red accents that imitate the color ratio of a quiet suit with a bright pocket square. To increase the room’s tropical feel—established by the botanical print that upholsters the furniture—ferns adorn a pair of black lamps, the sisal rug, and artwork. 

    In the breakfast room, where the kitchen’s green marble countertops inspired the green checks on cushions, toss pillows, and shades, a banquette on one side of the glass-and-iron table promotes easy traffic flow. The soft green of the tray ceiling adds a soothing ambience.

    Femininity reigns in the master bedroom because Robin found a fabric that incorporated pink without being “too much” for her husband. The cotton-linen material features large graphic flowers instead of daintier versions that would have been too small for the scale of the room. To create cohesiveness, she upholstered all of the furniture pieces and the window panels in the same overscaled pattern. 

    Now that the house glows with colorful pizzazz, Robin doesn’t second-guess her bold choices. “I wouldn’t be able to get away with using bright pink in Jackson Hole,” says Robin. “This house allowed me to do whatever my imagination told me to. Florida homes are fun, bright, and cheerful. There is a certain freedom and a different protocol with a second home. I took advantage of it!”


    Photography: Robert Brantley

    Architect: William Wietsma, Wietsma Lippolis Construction, 1030 Basin Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33483; 561/274-4863,
    Interior Design: Robin Weiss, Cabin Fever, P.O. Box 14270, Jackson, WY 83002; 

    Wall paint: custom.
    Coffee table (“custom, “Darjeeling”): Summer Hill, out of business.
    Art over mantel: owner’s collection.
    Area rug (“Crosstown”): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,
    Sofa (discontinued): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Lounge chair: Leta Austin Foster & Assoc., 561/655-5489,
    Sofa and lounge-chair fabric (“Bengal”/Paprika #1468.01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Sofa and lounge-chair trim (by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan &  Tout, 212/647-6900,
    White pillows on sofa: owner’s collection.
    Ottoman: custom.
    Ottoman fabric (“Diamond Lattice Figured Texture”/Primrose #89739.121): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Chandelier (“Chambord Gilt Chandelier” #CLA10/G): Vaughan, 212/319-7070,

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    Classic Florida Exterior

    The Weisses completed their Palm Beach home in nine months.

    Wall paint (“Ballet Slippers”#1331): Benjamin Moore, 888/236-6667,
    Hanging lantern: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070,

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    Front Gate

    Designer Robin Weiss made sure that every element coordinated with pink, including a bicycle that greets visitors at the gate.

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    Colorful Living Room

    The sofa and chairs show off orange-and-pink toile, and the ottoman wears a coordinating trellis fabric, all from Brunschwig & Fils. Pink pillows made of Manuel Canovas cotton top the white love seat.

    See details on the following slide.

    Lounge chair: Leta Austin Foster & Assoc., 561/655-5489,
    Chair fabric (“Bengal”/Paprika #1468.01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Mantel; bookcase: custom.
    Loveseat: owner’s collection.
    Fire screen: Wm. Jackson Co., no longer in business.
    Loveseat fabric (“New Montana”/White, discontinued): Norbar Fabrics, 800/645-8501,
    Pink pillows (“Mandor”/Azalea #4228, by Manuel Canovas, discontinued color): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Rectangular pillow (“Java Java”/Pink on White #3080-26, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995,
    Wall paint: custom.
    Coffee table (“custom, “Darjeeling”): Summer Hill, out of business.
    Art over mantel: owner’s collection.
    Area rug (“Crosstown”): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,

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    Vibrant Fabric

    The home’s carefree aesthetic is exemplified in the living room’s fabrics, an oh-so-Florida blend of vibrant colors and crisp whites.

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    Homeowner and designer Robin Weiss.

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    Lively Mixture

    The signature raspberry pink of the Weiss home is the springboard for a lively mix of antiques and flea-market finds in the dining room.

    See details on the following slide.

    Table: owner’s collection.
    Chairs: antique.
    Chair-seat fabric (“Ninon”/Cerise, by Manuel Canovas, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Chinoiserie cabinet (custom): Julia Gray Ltd., 212/223-4454,
    Mirror (“Chinese Gold Bamboo Mirror”): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854,
    Chandelier (“Chambord Gilt Chandelier” #CLA10/G); wall sconces (“Narbonne Wall Light” #WLA17/G): Vaughan, 212/319-7070,
    Tall candleholder (Steuben); vase on table: owner’s collection.
    Small candleholder (“Alexis Candlesticks”): Wiliam Yeoward,
    Area rug (“Crosstown”): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,
    Wall paint: custom.
    Decorative artist: Linda Turk, Faux Works Studio, 561/213-0092.

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    Bamboo Motif

    Bamboo trims a credenza and white-painted chair.

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    Sage and White Kitchen Palette

    The green of the kitchen walls and granite countertops offsets the white painted cabinetry in the spacious kitchen. The tray ceiling above is painted a soft green to tie the room’s palette together.

    See more of the kitchen on the following slides.

    Cabinetry: Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry, 574/546-2781,
    Ceiling paint (“Crisp Green” #534): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Countertop and backsplash: Green Tea granite.
    Chandelier (antique, for similar #SA8023): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Roman shades: discontinued.
    Wall ovens; range: Wolf, 800/222-7820,
    Pot filler faucet: Franke KSD, 800/626-5771,

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    Airy Bar Stools

    Cushions on kitchen stools from Williams Sonoma coordinate with pillows tossed on the banquette in the breakfast area.

    Counter stools: owner’s collection.
    Chair-seat fabric (“Bragance”/Tilleul #1461.01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,

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    Bright Breakfast Area

    A striking antique chandelier hangs above an iron-and-glass table from Lane Venture. The table fronts a curving banquette where boldly patterned fabric from Manuel Canovas covers the cushions.

    Chandelier (antique, for similar #SA8023): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Dining table; chairs; area rug: owner’s collection.
    Check fabric (“Chantilly Check” 1520, discontinued): Summer Hill, no longer in business.
    Banquette fabrication: Mueller’s Fine Draperies, 561/833-5957.
    Wall and banquette paint (“Super White”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Red plaid pillows (by Manuel Canovas, discontinued); floral pillow (“Bragance”/Tilleul #1461.01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,

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    Mirrored Exterior

    Pink paint—this time in a light pastel—was splashed over the outside walls of the house.

    Wall lanterns: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070,
    Settees; ottomans: Brown Jordan, 800/743-4252,
    Console tables: owner’s collection.

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    Pretty Path to the Pool

    A path of large stepping stones leads from the house to the swimming pool.

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    Palm-framed Pool House

    The pretty pink pool house is open on two sides, inviting fresh breezes and enhancing the area’s tropical feel.

    Wall paint (“Ballet Slippers” #1331): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Chairs; coffee table: Janus et Cie, 800/245-2687,
    Pillows on chairs: owner’s collection.
    Grill: Alfresco Lifestyles, 276/628-4797,
    Urns: MacKenzie-Childs, 888/665-1999,
    Large hurricane at entrance to pavilion: antique.

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    Cerulean Guest Room

    Wrapped in a dreamy cerulean paint, this guest bedroom amps up the classic blue-and-white color scheme with a punch of color from the painting above.

    Twin beds (#513): Avery Boardman, 212/688-6611,
    Headboard and bed-skirt fabric (“Carlotta”/Imperial Blue #BR-79689.273): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Pillow cases: Matouk,
    Bed cover: Frette,
    Bedside table: Lorin Marsh, 212/759-8700,
    Table lamp (antique): The Brass Scale, 561/832-8410.
    Wall paint (“Aqua Marina” #816): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,

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    Paneled Study

    Walls lined in wood paneling imbue the study with a masculine sensibility.

    Loveseat; lounge chairs and ottoman: owner’s collection.
    Loveseat and chair fabric (“Doria,” by Manuel Canovas, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Green-and-white pillows (“Nairobi”/Leaf on Tint #2110-01, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995,
    End tables; bench; bench fabric (discontinued); area rug; art: owner’s collection.
    Table lamps: Nicholas Antiques, 212/688-3312,
    Caned chair: Mecox Gardens, Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854,
    Chair fabric (“Nairobi”/Leaf on Tint #2110-01, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995,
    Paneling: cypress.

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    Pink, White and Green Bedroom Scheme

    Pink flowers bathe the master bedroom in feminine delight. The ivory-painted Lewis Mittman four-poster sports linens from Matouk, while a geometric rug by Stark Carpet hints at garden trellises.

    See details on the following slide.

    Bed (“Palm Four Post Queen Bed” #BH1100-Q-4P): Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580,
    Bed linens (DEA linens): Fine Linens, 877/454-6366,
    Bed cover: Matouk,
    Wall paint (“White Down” #970): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Area rug (“Woven Trends” #208): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,
    Sofa (“Yorkshire Loveseat”): Summer Hill, no longer in business.
    Side chairs: antique.
    Drapery, sofa and side-chair fabric (“Pink Chardon,” #34153.1): Clarence House, 800/221-4704,
    Cocktail table: Nicholas Antiques, 212/688-3312, nicholasantiquescom.
    Green pillows on sofa (“Barcelona” #4551.05, by Manuel Canovas, discontinued color): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Botanical prints: ownre’s collection.

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    Cheerful Checked Vanity

    Cheerful pink-and-white checks by Clarence House are shirred around the vanity.

    Vanity: owner’s collection.
    Vanity-skirt fabric: Clarence House, 800/221-4704,
    Vanity mirror; lamps: antique.
    Bench: owner’s collection.
    Drapery and bench fabric (“Pink Chardon,” #34153.1): Clarence House, 800/221-4704,

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    Sweet Sitting Area

    Robin wanted to incorporate comforting and soothing fabrics into the master bedroom without the fuss of multiple patterns. The same Manuel Canovas botanical print was used for the draperies and for the sofa and armchair upholstery.

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    Eye-Catching Bath Chandelier

    The master bath carries a colorful yet restful palette, echoing the master bedroom. An eye-catching chandelier from MacKenzie-Childs hangs above the oval tub for a touch of colorful character.

    Bathtub: Hydro Systems Inc., 800/747-9990,
    Tub fittings: Jado, 800/227-2734,
    Chandelier (“Thistle Chandelier”): MacKenzie-Childs, 888/665-1999,
    Wall covering (discontinued): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Vanity: Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry, 574/546-2781,
    Vanity countertop: marble.
    Large mirror: Dean Glass & Mirror, 954/583-4461,
    Oval mirror (“Tigress Oval Mirror”): owner’s collection.

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    Tranquil Guest Bedroom

    Quiet pink coats the guest bedroom walls with tranquility, echoing the home’s pastel exterior. The painted Summer Hill bed promotes relaxation with embroidered Yves Delorme linens and a bed cover by Matouk.

    Bed: Summer Hill, no longer in business.
    Bed linens: Yves Delorme, 800/322-3911,
    Bed cover: Matouk,
    Bedside table; art: owner’s collection.
    Table lamp: antique.
    Wall paint (“Pink Dynasty” #1352): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,