Designing a home is challenging enough without having to travel all over South Florida to find the right elements. At the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Showroom in Lake Worth, however, you can maximize your shopping time. This newer rival to the well-established Antique Row in West Palm Beach is a curated, all-in-one stop with plenty of parking. The 25,000 square-foot, warehouse-like exhibition space comprises more than two dozen vendors who display styles from traditional to trendy. Here are some highlights:
For Asian artifacts, Elke’s Antiques stocks a range of urns, vases, figurines and tapestries—running the Eastern gamut from China to India. For gilded European counterparts, visit Nicolo Melissa Antiques, which also specializes in chandeliers.
The M Collection offers a larget assortment of antique furniture, so if you’re looking to build a room around a statement piece, you might want to start here. Rosewood and mahogany dominate as materials, while the periods range from Victorian to Neoclassical.
Outdoor design is often as important as the interior on the majestic waterfront properties for which South Florida is known. At Metal by David DeSantis, you can discover how a master blacksmith can turn your pool area into a resort-like entertainment statement. Or accent a gorgeous exterior with a Karen Peterson horse sculpture; you can request commissioning information and see other artists’ singular pieces at The Gallery at Four India Street.
Whatever your taste in visual art, you’ll probably find something that suits it here. A fan of manipulated portrait photography and mixed media cityscapes? Find them at Barcelona-based Villa del Arte Galleries. Looking for a hyper-realistic still life? The Smith Davidson Gallery, based in the Netherlands, has dozens of options. Do you collect geodes or other crystal-lined, secondary rock formations? Elemental Fine Natural Art has some truly exquisite examples of the genre.
Once a month, on every fourth Saturday starting at 11 a.m., join other like-minded devotees. At the Art & Antique Collecting Meetups, you can get to know designers, curators, collectors and other experts. Fuel up with lattes, mimosas and treats from the central espresso bar, then browse the galleries with these like-minded aficionados.