Palm Beach Style 2016
New, Young & Fun Palm Beach Style 2016
The Taselaar Family Home Tour
By Carleton Varney
The rich and the beautiful have flocked to Palm Beach for generations. Who doesn’t love to frolic in the sun and sand? Enjoy the architectural style of Addison Mizner? Enjoy the fashionable restaurants? Taboo on Worth Avenue has seen the likes of Dukes, Duchesses, Princesses, and Society’s top players for generations. Billionaires live on the island and The Donald now occupies Mar-A-Lago once home to Marjorie Merriweather Post, mother to actress Dina Merrill! Who knows, Mar-A-Lago despite being on the airplane-landing path may become the winter White House. Yes, they say that Palm Beach is the most important post office stamp in Florida, and all the world understands that Palm Beach style in living is the style to watch!
Enter front and center Nina and Pieter Taselaar, a ‘today’ couple with homes in Palm Beach, Newport, Rhode Island, and Manhattan Island, New York City. Pieter Taselaar is the founder and managing partner of a hedge fund Lucerne Capital Management LLC (European Investments) and Nina, a psychologist, has a New York City practice. The Taselaar’s two accomplished daughters, Amanda and Claudia, studied at Georgetown University and are sailors of the first order. Their father Pieter, Rotterdam born, won the World Championship in the Melges 32 Sailing Class in Porto Cervo, Sardinia with his sailing craft Bliksem. Pieter has won many other maritime and sailing championships in other classes, as well.
Bring in a Modern Era of Palm Beach
The Taselaars are a prime example of the new Palm Beach style of fun and young. A family who plays together seems to stay together. Nina and Pieter enjoy a Palm Beach residence that is filled with Palm Beach color and furnishings, a mix of rattan, palm trees, prints, ocean colored carpets, and outdoor barbecue living along with contemporary sculpture.
A party at the Taselaars is one everyone wants to attend, what with the outside barbecue and music in the happily styled family room with its faux bamboo walls, painted striped tented ceiling, and deep carpetry of sculpture palm fronds on a hand tufted Irish rug. The Taselaars like a Palm Beach home that is not serious and over gilded with silks, satins, and buttons and bows. “Palm Beach should be happy with color,” says Nina, whose residence is everything but cream, beige, grey, or black. In fact, there is not a touch of grey or beige throughout the seven-bedroom villa. Pieter the sailor does enjoy a library styled with shipboard wood-paneled walls, and lots of seaman’s maps on the wall.
The Taselaars like the outdoor lifestyle in the sun. Pieter goes kite surfing, sometimes with his daughters, and keeps a catamaran at the waterfront just yards from their front door. Nina and Pieter and the girls are fitness aware. Nina joins her Bar Class on North County and is often seen on the golf course practicing her swing, at St. Catherine’s Greek Church in West Palm Beach, or at Southern playing bridge. Nina is a champion master at the game and has impressively conquered the game over the billionaire Bill Gates. For keeping beautiful, Nina goes regularly to Le Bazaar on North County where Nick takes care of the coif and Nicole takes care of the coloring.
For fun at evening time, the daughters Amanda and Claudia both in their early 20s start out HMF at the Breakers, then on to Cucina for dancing, and then to Camelot on Clematis for ending the evening disco dancing.The girls sometimes take in E.R. Bradley’s Saloon after dinner for bar action in the open-area restaurant.
For the young and fun, including those over 30, restaurants like Būccan, Imoto, the Grill, and Bice are always in style and no one who loves Palm Beach ever wants to miss the Motown night at the iconic Polo Bar at The Colony Hotel. Friday night is a must! Speaking about The Colony, the nightclub shows in the Royal Room are always a Palm Beach must for all the fun people. Rob Russell at The Colony is a gentleman to know, as he is always booking the Royal Room to full capacity. Other favorites of 2016 life in Palm Beach are Par Three, at the golf course just down the South Ocean Boulevard right after passing the in-residences at Ibis Isle.
And if you are in for juices in the town, those young and fun folk always go to Amici Market or to our friend Stephanie Bojangles who has moved her juice bar into Sprinkles on Poinciana Plaza. It is all about young and fun style in Palm Beach 2016.
Photography in this story by Kim Sargent