From New York to Palm Beach; Lilly Pulitzer Style

We had a very magical Christmas this year at The Money Pit. Our “Twelfth Night” celebration has come and gone and we are left with some great memories. It was a perfect evening with friends and family and now that I have recovered, I am already planning for next year.


We have been incredibly lucky in the northeast with the weather. After last year’s winter , it is such a welcome change to be able to experience the holidays with temperatures in the 60’s.  To add to that enjoyment was my discovery, while Christmas shopping, of the Lilly Pulizter store located in the Westchester Mall. (Being a “Jersey shopper, I just found it, even though it opened in 2013.)

After seeing so much red and green and holiday attire, it was a pleasure to see the windows set with the signature bright and hot pastels she is known for. Of course I had to go in, and what a treat it was! ( this photo courtesy of


The clothes were very nice but the decor is what really caught my eye. Fortunately, I always carry my camera in my bag so I got right to work taking photos. A big thank you to the two Saras and Michele for letting me indulge myself! They were very friendly and accommodating.

Unfortunately, a HOME line is not yet available, but maybe soon there will be. Lilly’s look is a lifestyle and her brand is synonymous with Palm Beach, parties and tropical living.

A frieze on the walls in the entry is accented with real as well as hand painted shells.


In the dressing area are two painted chairs with cushions done in her fabric.


Above them hang three brass and glass chandeliers. The walls are all hand painted versions of Lilly’s fabrics.


This area is done with large palm leaves.The shelf units are filled with shells.


The showroom entry is hand painted in a large pink floral pattern, which I LOVE!!


The checkout counter has the same pattern accented with a framed painting of brightly colored flowers.


This coral chandelier illuminates merchandise….


..and this shell encrusted mirror makes it a pleasure to try things on.


The dressing rooms were especially fun to see. Each one has it’s own theme. First was this one with a pink and white version of a toile. The ceiling is covered with oranges dipped in glitter with hand painted leaves.


A second room is again hand painted in a copy of a Lilly fabric of hot pink and green lions and monkeys accented with a bench upholstered in a complimentary floral.


The third dressing room elaborates on the wall frieze of shells. This time orange slices, vintage photos and more shells were added.


This is a close up of a wall detail completely covered in shells. If I lived near the beach, my house would have this somewhere!


The fourth dressing room is a special dedication from the company with “Lilly Loves Westchester” painted above the door. Inside is a hand painted toile in shades of blue. Landmarks from Westchester and New York City are depicted on all four walls. Notice the Tappan Zee bridge. Pretty soon that one will be gone after the new one opens!


Again a big THANK YOU to Sara, Sara and Michele for allowing me to take these photos and also for taking the sweat pants off the mannequin so I could take them home with me! Being in the store was like a mini vacation to Palm Beach.

Now that the holidays are almost over, it would be nice to go there for real!

Getting Motivated

Eighteen days until Christmas and we have been very busy at The Money Pit. The best motivation to get things done is to schedule a party and that is exactly what we did.

It is our second Christmas in the house but it feels like the first as we are completely moved in and ready to celebrate.

Every celebration needs planning and in our case, it also meant more work to be done. After making a long list, Hubby and I began to tackle things one by one.

I started on the stairway. About a year ago, I bought a hand painted wallpaper panel from Gracie to put on the turret wall. It was the perfect size and worked well because it laid flat on the curved wall.


I framed it in flexible molding painted gold. I also added a chair rail which I painted a beige color taken from the panel.

There is still lots of trim work to be done, but it works for now…


Remember the valances I built in the great room?


I had one more piece of salvage left over so I decided to use it for the entry stairs.


I used it as the starting point and then ran a decorative chair rail that matched the molding in the foyer. I then gave it a coat of primer.


I brought the same beige color down the stairway, then had Ericka over to work her magic with gold detail.


Entry stairs DONE!


The upstairs landing need to be dressed up , so I went from room to room and just took things I liked and made it look “done”. The chair was rescued from someone’s junk pile, the black fan in the frame belonged to my great grandmother from Sweden and the clock with the four twirling dancers was won by my father at a bowling tournament in the 1950’s.


This desk was my grandfather’s. Originally it was black but I painted it in a faux wood finish. The chair was also his which I repainted and reupholstered.


I still have bins that need to be emptied, but for now they will stay put covered by a screen.  (Next to an extra door from the construction drama.) Notice all the nooks and crannies…this was one of the results of having to reconfigure the entire upstairs. The whole area is a mix up of angles and dead space. I plan to have some kind of shelving put in….


The second bedroom also needed to be done as it was pretty much a storage area. I have a pair of twin beds from the other house I bought at auction for $15.00.


I recovered them and added cord welt and attached carved bow motifs to the tops.


I had also purchased two gilded wood valances at auction and decided to use one over each of the beds.


I wanted to tone down all of the gold, so I painted them white and then rubbed them with stain to age the look.



Although I do not like sewing, I dragged out the machine and made some valances and panels knowing how much I would save poor Hubby….


So I didn’t feel guilty when I had a custom cornice and panels made!

It went from this..


to this..


Guest room #2 DONE!!


Next to be finished was the powder room off the entry.

If you remember, I bought this vanity, sink and faucet as one piece in a salvage store.


We installed the onyx floor and walls ourselves. For the upper half, I wanted to compliment the soft green and yellow tones in the onyx.


I bought a decorative molding and painted it gold.


With my new electric power miter saw I cut the molding to make boxes for the walls.



I bought a beautiful tone on tone damask wallpaper and applied it to the inside of the boxes.


I would love to put Venetian plaster on the rest of the walls, but that will wait until after the holidays. For now, all that is left is to sort through all of the old decorations…


Finish making all party props…


and trim the new 12′ artificial pre-lit tree (SO much easier!!)


Another successful year of DIY gone by.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and happy New Year!!