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T his is not Celerie Kemble's first beach romp. A f o u r t h - g e n e r a t i o n Palm Beacher, Celerie heads up Kemble Interiors in NYC, while her mother, Mimi McMakin, leads Kemble Interiors in Palm Beach (McMakin recently competed the stunning redesign of The Colony Hotel). Kemble's Palm Beach 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 Kemble designs her projects, from the Caribbean to Maine — filled with latticework, de Gournay wallpapers, hot Gauguin colors, coquina stone, and antique wicker. When she fell madly in love with a beach, Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic, she knew she'd found her family's Hyannis Port. Her book Island Whimsy: Designing a Paradise By the Sea (Rizzoli) follows her path to creating a stunning cluster of island houses centered around a shared clubhouse for family and friends. Magical. ISLAND OF HER HEART Celerie Kemble and Jan Showers will speak and sign books, Tuesday, September 21, 4 to 6 pm, at Jan Showers showroom, as part of Texas Design Week Dallas. TXDW is a ticketed event; for tickets and compete schedule, go to Celerie Kemble at Playa Grande A vine-wrapped bed fashioned by a local metalworker A bedroom opens to the gardens. The bahia is for meals and cocktails. A bedroom in pale green and poppy 110

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