A large luncheon out in the garden, a casual barbecue on the terrace, an intimate, formal dinner party in the dining room: For Victoria Hagan, having the flexibility to create multiple opportunities for entertaining is one of the great pleasures of owning a home.
And Palm Beach offers her the chance to do just that. Though the designer primarily lives in New York, she’s been vacationing in Palm Beach since she was a teenager and designing here since she first began her career 25 years ago. She recently purchased a second home on Ibis Isle with her husband, which they renovated with Peter Papadopoulos of Smith and Moore Architects so they can enjoy the outdoor Florida lifestyle as much as her clients do. “I have a great fondness for all the resources and natural beauty of Palm Beach. Architecturally, and because of the people, it’s just such a special place,” she says. “There’s a freedom in being able to live in such a beautiful climate. I find it very relaxing. You get off that plane; you feel a warm breeze; and you always feel like there’s magic in the air.”
In her most recent book with David Colman, Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces ($55, Rizzoli), she explores a selection of her projects from Palm Beach and all over the country that inspire her in different ways. “I enjoy what I do so much, and I realized that the fun I have is because I’m sharing in people’s dreams for their families. That’s the big secret,” she says. “It’s not about the decorating. This work is all about the people you love. My work is filled with a lot of love, and I wanted to share that in the book.”
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