Palm Beach Chic

Jennifer Ash Rudick gives us a private tour of Palm Beach’s most inspirational homes.

La Follia, an exquisite Italian Renaissance style dream house completed in 1995 and one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. Eighteenth century blue and white chinoiserie plates add warmth. The courtyard of the yellow guest room can be seen beyond the terrace. Enormous pots of orchids add splashes of colour to the garden.

“We planted three hundred rose bushes. Every year we got a great yield which is not easy in Florida.”

View of the courtyard and pool from the West Terrace at La Follia. To the left of the pool, a ligustrum tree is hung with orchids. Hans, the family’s German shorthaired pointer, stands guard.


A tented loggia faces the garden to the east at Gumdrop House, Palm Beach.

“In Florida I use bright colours.
Anything else can get lost.”

– Meg Braff

Palm Beach ChicPalm Beach Chic by Jennifer Ash Rudick.Vendome Press, $75. (Sold in the UK as Tropical Chic, £40) Buy now