Date: Tuesday, September 21, 4 to 6 pm, at Jan Showers Showroom
Who: Celerie Kemble (NYC) and Jan Showers (Dallas)
What: This isn't Celerie Kemble’s first beach romp. A fourth-generation Palm Beacher, Celerie heads up Kemble Interiors in NYC, while her mother, Mimi McMakin, leads Kemble Interiors in Palm Beach (redesigned The Colony Hotel). When she fell madly in love with a beach, Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic, she knew she had found her family’s Hyannis Port. As she describes it, “a wild swath of mountainous jungle … rolling down to pastures of clear, wobbling minty-blue, bounded together by a downy crescent of golden sand … stole my heart.” How could one not buy it.
Jan Showers celebrates 25 years of her design business and showroom, and co-chairs Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas for the second year.
Celerie street cred: B.A. fram Harvard, Cum Laude
Jan street cred: traveled to Paris 45 times to shop for her clients and showroom.
Decorations Celerie: AD 100, Elle Decor A-List, House Beautiful Top Designers
Decorations Jan: AD 100
Published Celerie: Architecural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, New York Times, Wall Street Journal
Published Jan: Architecural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, Luxe, House Beautiful, Southern Home, Atlanta Homes, Traditional Home
Book Celerie: Island Whimsy: Designing a Paradise By the Sea (Rizzoli, September 2021)
Book Jan: Glamorous Living (Abrams)
Celerie collabs: Schumacher, Arteriors, Lane Venture, Maitland-Smith, Mirth, Classical Elements, Merida, Mirror Image
Jan collabs: Kravet, Kyle Bunting Rugs
Why you can’t miss: Celerie’s childhood home was a rambling deconsecrated Gothic church surrounded by jungle and overlooking Lake Worth.This was far from gilded Palm Beach, and it’s just the way Celerie designs her projects from the Caribbean to Maine — filled with latticework, de Gournay wallpapers, hot Gauguin colors, coquina stone, antique wicker, and Dutch wax prints. Sigh. Jan sign her newest book, Glamorous Living, (Abrams), celebrates 25 years of her her design business and showroom, and co-chairs Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas for the second year.
Where: Jan Showers Showroom, 1308 Slocum
Sponsors: Jan Showers, Dunhill Partners, Dallas Design District, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Monogram, Virgin Hotels Dallas