Ham and Cheese Please

A magnificent 1920's Palm Beach mansion I pass fairly often is affectionately known as the Ham and Cheese House because of the bands of brick and coral stone design.  It is a sight to behold and not just because of its eye catching exterior.  

Designer Susan Zises Green was tasked with the job of updating the decor of this locally famous Italian Romanesque home originally called Casa Eleda  (Adele backwards, named for the wife of  banker Mortimer Schiff, who built the home). 

With 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space,  Zises Green had her work cut out for her.  She had to create modern day livability from a gilded age mansion.  She wanted to" lighten and brighten" in an effort to "create a joyous environment" for their children and grandchildren. 

Original architecture; moldings, mantels, chandeliers and more remained to honor the home's history and the architect, Maurice Fatio's vision.  Ocean views on one side and lush garden views on the other make very room a room with a view! 

 "The house deserved to have its history show" Susan said.  Large rooms were made more intimate with several seating areas.  I imagine the colors were inspired by the patina of the original floors,
ceilings and quintessential Florida architecture.  Creams, corals and dusty pinks speak to the terra cotta and brick while the "lettuce green" Venetian plaster clad dining room walls took its cues from the incredible hand painted and coffered ceiling  as well as the plantings beyond. 

The stunning kitchen by Offiine Gullo is very "of the moment" but has a vintage feel.  This Italian company prides themselves on creating modern masterpieces.  No detail was overlooked in this kitchen, including a pizza oven.

The dark media room is a nice respite from all the brighter spaces.

The gardens and hardscaping were designed by Mario Nievera.  He and his partner also has quite an impressive resume.

I feel so fortunate to be able to get a peek inside this fabled home that I drive by.  I could see idling many a happy day here.

photos: Francesco Lagnese,  top exterior:CLI