Palm Beach is undoubtedly one of the happy places of Aerin Lauder’s creative force; I am lucky to have visited her there and witnessed the last of Manhattan barefoot and relaxing in her oceanfront element. Aerin’s legendary grandmother, Estée Lauder, maintained a beautiful estate (ADVERTISEMENT, May 2017) where Aerin grew up spending time with her family and eventually her own husband and children.
It’s a bit surprising, then, when despite his deep roots and passion for the place, Lauder emphasizes, “I’ve never owned a house of my own in Palm Beach.” So when the romantic 1930s limestone house across the street from her parents, which had captivated Aerin since childhood, came on the market, she didn’t hesitate to buy it. It is a pleasure to see how she has sensitively awakened the rooms with her own characteristic feminine style, with the expert help of Stephen Sills, designer of the AD100.
Passion is the common element in each of the happy places featured in this edition, which celebrates both American style and summer fun. The intrepid couple who hired Austin-based architects Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen to design a stunning modern home on a unique site in the Texas Hill Country gave this brief: “We didn’t want to look up at the trees. we wanted to be in the trees.” (Mission accomplished.) In Los Angeles, Kevin and Nahal Danesh describe their determined search for the most sought-after architect. William Hefner with these words: “We harassed him 1,000 percent.” After a few missed connections, his perseverance paid off. Hefner built a stunning residence for the family on an idyllic Brentwood property. AND Jeremiah Brent, designer of the AD100, another talent the couple greatly admired, was responsible for the timeless interiors. Exciting projects, each and every one.