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vol. 3 no. 1

at home in stuart

distinctive home furnishings & interior design


e believe that great design does not have to be expensive. Sometimes all you need is intelligent space planning. Other times, all that may be called for are perfect decorative accessories. Let Petite Surprise help you with your design dilemmas and decorating needs. No job is too big or too small. We offer complimentary* design services to help you create a timeless, livable, stylish environment. Our vision of great design starts with a partnership with our customers so the end product reflects their personal style and history. After all, it is your home! *One hour in store consultation with a member of our design team

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our project board: hutchinson island gem

Robert Holland



Loree Weeks, Cecilia Anspach, and Carmen Quintero.


ummer is a time families are able to unwind and spend quality time together at favorite vacation spots. For my family, that place is a little cottage on Lake Okoboji in Iowa. What is it about the Midwest; the friendly folks, farms, and miles of unspoiled land? The setting is idyllic. Cottonwood trees and long stretches of lawn leading down to the glacier lake create perfect settings for daydreaming, or a pick-up game of softball with the neighbors. It is like stepping back in time, to a place where you can leave your windows open at night, your doors unlocked, your keys in the car, and never worry. There is still an amusement park with a wooden roller coaster, a drive-in theatre, and a corner ice cream store known for their “Nutty Bars”. Special summer events include an annual antique wooden boat show, a tractor parade, and the legendary University of Okoboji (a mythical university) Summer Games. Mostly it is our favorite vacation spot because of the cherished memories made at the lake. This summer we will be completing our new summer home where we hope to create new but lasting memories. The home will incorporate all our favorite features from our cottage – including a screened-in porch with a door that slams.

Cecilia Anspach Editor and Publisher






he Dunes – an oceanfront oasis! When I first visited the condominium, I was thrilled to see that the architecture of the condominium blended into the surrounding lush Florida landscape. The building structure follows the line of the sand dunes and cascades down gradually never obstructing the gorgeous ocean views. I immediately embraced the project! Each room is its own vignette. Deep blues, aquas and soft greys act as a subtle backdrop to this Island Gem – dreamy! Enjoy!


Interior Designer



slipper chair

he petite but practical slipper chair originated in France in the 17th Century. Its ancestor was the chauffeuse, a low, armless chair with a high back meant for fireside seating. Several centuries later, it had moved into the boudoir where Victorian women in lavish skirts could slip into their stockings and shoes. Imagine Cinderella trying on the glass slipper in one of these chairs! In mid-century America, decorator Billy Baldwin is credited with making the slipper chair a must for nearly every room of the house. Imagine it in a man’s study in black leather, in a colorful fabric in a bay window of a city apartment, in silk at the dressing table, or of course as a perfect little linen side chair in the bedroom.

Designer Celerie Kemble loves to use slipper chairs because “[they] have the smallest upholstery footprint but [are] fully functional in terms of seat size”. A pair of slipper chairs can serve as side chairs in any room especially in a living room with limited space because they are easy to navigate around. Many are light enough to pick up and move (or as shown have casters on the front legs). They can be kept in an entry or hallway and brought in when additional seating is needed. Their c o m pact size and open sides allow guests to swivel from one conversation to another with ease. Can you think of another chair with such versatility?

References: Traditional Home and Elle Décor

Nest summer2016 issuu  

Petite Surprise dishes on the slipper chair and island condominium interior design in their seventh edition published on the first day of Su...

Nest summer2016 issuu  

Petite Surprise dishes on the slipper chair and island condominium interior design in their seventh edition published on the first day of Su...