'Mr. Color'

Carleton Varney, out with new book, reflects on six decades of design

His 34th book published last month, a colorful coffee-table tome titled “Decorating on the Waterfront.” The author, well-known interior designer Carleton Varney, graces its cover in signature South Florida style, sporting an ascot, a pock More...

Out of the blue and on Clematis, too

Cleveland art gallery owner finds happy spot in downtown West Palm Beach

“Things are great!” Steve Hartman says. The owner of the newly opened Contessa Gallery at 539 Clematis St. says his “out of the blue” decision to sign a short-term lease on the property was the right one. More...

Toast the sunset in pretty Naples

People often ask me about getaway destinations that don’t involve a drive of more than 200 miles from West Palm Beach. There are, fortunately, several options — Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Vero Beach come to mind. More...

Why classic design never goes out of style

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it is this: Well-designed objects have a way of going together.  Perhaps that’s why an Eames chair really doesn’t look out of place in a Victorian house. (I know, I know. More...

A family affair

Three generations of Andersons have kept West Palm Beach hardware store running

Nippy the cat roams the cardboard box filled back shop of Anderson's Classic Hardware in West Palm Beach, where shelves stacked to the ceiling contain every type of handle, knob and pull imaginable. More...