An Insider's Guide to Antique Row in Palm Beach, Florida
Blue Moon Antiques on Antique Row.
While many destinations across the globe tout their antique districts, West Palm Beach’s Antique Row is truly spectacular. Clustered almost entirely between two city blocks on South Dixie Highway are more than 30 shops featuring something for every design aesthetic— from the opulent creations ushered in during Louis XIV’s reign to the ultra en vogue delights of mid-century modern style—making a visit to Antique Row a must for any design-minded traveler. Here, The Scout Guide Palm Beach Editor Mary Monell distills down where you need to go:
Your first stop is the James & Jeffrey Antiques Pavilion for a master class in 18th and 19th-century furniture, decorative accessories, and lighting. Divine pieces like this giltwood console with Carrara marble top are the reason why The New York Times calls this jewel of a storefront “a designer’s favorite.”
Continue south to Faustina Pace Antiques & Interiors, where you will step into an oasis of French textiles, French and Swedish furniture, and Belgian home accessories. Texture, scale, and form are primordial here, and it is one of those shops where you stop in for one thing—like this fantastic pair of armchairs—and end up deciding you need everything.
A quick jog to the right will lead you directly to Maison Bleu, which has an ever-changing collection of art and antiques from different periods. Here you will find watercolors by Picasso’s lesser-known, but equally riveting contemporaries side by side with monumental pieces like a carved wood and brass mantelpiece signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Just across the way is Heath & Company, the place to go for all your lighting, lampshade, and repair needs. Their showroom collection is enormous, but custom orders—paired with matchless expertise—are a Heath specialty.
Three storefronts down from Heath & Company is Wardall Antiques & Decorations, which has an eclectic mix of American and European antiques and transitional decorative arts. Dotted among the furniture, chandeliers, silver, and porcelain are paintings and prints that always hold great appeal.
Your last stop on the west side of Antique Row will be the absolute blockbuster that is Authentic Provence. Specializing in French, Italian, and English garden antiques, architectural elements, and reclaimed building materials, this store is a veritable feast for the eyes. The collection of fountains is vast—just imagine this sweet (and comparatively small) Provencal fountain in your backyard.
At this point, you will have reached a perfect stopping point for lunch. Two quick and easy cafes, Cholo Soy and Belle & Maxwell’s—one on each side of the street—will provide an ideal respite. Once rested, head north on the eastern side of Dixie and prepare to be wowed.
For your first post-lunch visit, go to Sean Rush Atelier, the gallery and home décor haven of the artist and interior designer of the same name. Indulging in Moroccan accessories (like Berber tiebacks) for your home is a must, but most riveting of all is the pure magic of the art. Large-scale paintings covering a number of subjects are rendered with enormous sensitivity and passion, but perhaps none more so than the hauntingly powerful equine series.
Crossing a small side street, you will come to Victor de Marinis, Etc., a wonderfully tasteful collection of fine antiques and decorative objects. Delightful vignettes populate the small but infinitely inviting space.
One storefront north of Victor de Marinis, Etc., is Blue Moon Antiques, a gorgeously curated store offering decorative furniture, art, and accessories. Each corner of the shop is the definition of picture-perfect, and little surprises abound, like this beautiful pair of signed sculptures.
A few storefronts down from Blue Moon is Out of Africa Art Shop, which features one-of-a-kind furniture, art, accessories, and jewelry from some of the continent’s best artists. Sourced from Gambia, Ghana, South Africa, and Burkina Faso, among other countries, the many unique finds will delight Africa enthusiasts—and anyone who appreciates beautiful objects.
One last stop located just a bit farther north, and most easily accessed by car, is Iconic Snob Galeries, a multi-dealer emporium featuring exquisite antique and contemporary pieces. Both the store’s name and tagline (“licensed to sell beautiful things”) hint at the delights contained within.
Finally, indulge in a delicious dinner just a few blocks north at Table 26, a casual yet sophisticated restaurant serving New American fare with global influences. Have the signature Table 26 martini and anything off the Shares and Land sections of the menu while toasting to your new treasures.
For more local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide Palm Beach.