The Style Files: Keith Williams

Keith Williams is one of the leading landscape designers in the country. He has been a partner at Nievera Williams since 2007 where he also serves as one of the lead designers at the firm. A member of the ASLA, Keith has had an integral role in a wide range of projects for residential and commercial landscape projects throughout Palm Beach, Northeastern United States, Bahamas, Miami Beach and Shanghai, China, some of which also include landscape designs for historic and landmarked residences. Keith was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Williams discovered his passion for design at young age. He is also inspired by the work of Thomas Church and Beatrix Ferrand. Keith is currently working on the restoration and renovation for a significant landmarked Palm Beach residence designed by noted architect, Mario Sims Wyeth, in the late 1920’s. Current commercial work includes design for the new landscape and site improvements for the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida (DCOTA). Over the years, Keith’s work has been featured in publications such as Veranda, Traditional Home, Florida Design and Palm Beach Illustrated.

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Keith Williams: I am definitely a minimalist.

PC: How has living in Palm Beach influenced your style?

KW: Living in Palm Beach has had a major influence on my design aesthetic. There’s such a diverse clientele in Palm Beach and it is enriched in history and architects.

PC: What does your home say about you?

KW: It is very clean, organized, tone on tone and sustainable.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration:

KW: My travels with my wife are the most inspirational; and my business partner, Mario Nievera provides great inspiration as well.  Locations: Italy-Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence and Tuscany.

PC: Who are your style icons?

KW: Alessandro Michele, the Creative Director of Gucci is always inspiring.

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

KW: Loyalty

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

KW: I love “House of Cards”.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

KW: My father has, I’ve always admired his work growing up, his work ethic and the way he handled himself professional plus his creativity. 

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

KW: Honestly, renovating an old farm house in southern Italy with my wife, with amazing gravel gardens, fruit and vegetable gardens and few goats and chickens.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

KW: Lots of modern work, working on renovating an old building into a modern boutique hotel in Miami. We have a New furniture line out called “simplicity”.  

Go to Outfit: Lanvin sneakers and white jeans 

Style Mantra: Fitted, cool shoes and never over done

Scent: Creed Millesime Imperial

Piece of Jewelry: my wedding ring

Color I Never Tire Of: Blue 

Flower: Anything wild 

Indispensable Design Element: Pennoyer Newman planters, I love them all!

Era for Design: Mid Century Modern Era 

Dream Project: One without any budget, lol! One that I can work on both the architecture and landscape architecture.

Fabric/Textile: Perennials outdoor fabric 

Hostess Gift: Coffee table books, usually to do with gardens or architecture

Meal: Spaghetti Pomodoro

Drink: Aperol spritz 

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Hug and kiss my wife, I know it sounds corny but it’s true!  

3 Things I love about Palm Beach: History, Architecture, Weather

Weekend Destination: Miami Beach or NYC

Hotel: Gramercy Park in NYC

City: Rome

Museum: Roof top at the Met 

Artist: Jasper Johns 

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Vax- Fireproof Featuring Teddy Sky

Actor/Actress: Tom Selleck / Meryl Streep 

Prized Possession: The Panerai watch my wife gave me

Risk Worth Taking: Dreaming. Don’t be afraid to dream when your designing.

Greatest Extravagance: Porsche 911 convertible 

Go-To Color Palette: Green and white 

Rule to Break: There are no rules 

Movie Set Design: The Great Gatsby

I can never have too many… designer sneakers… especially LANVIN.

{Photography Courtesy of Keith Williams}


Modern Mexico

It has been years since we’ve been to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico– at least a good decade. It is always on my list of places I’d like to return to, but it seems that my travel schedule for work always takes precedent. San Miguel is a jewel of a colonial town in central Mexico. For decades, it has attracted expats, artists, and the bohemian set, among them jet setters like Bianca Jagger and decorating doyennes including Michelle Nussbaumer and Rela Gleason, whose San Miguel house is featured in the March issue of ELLE DECOR

You may remember Rela as the owner of this beautiful house in Calistoga, California in my beloved Napa Valley. How wonderful it must be to have homes in such dream-worthy places! Rela and her husband, Don decided to build a home in Mexico as they knew they wanted to spend half the year living outside of the U.S., but didn’t want to venture too far from their children and grandchildren. For the San Miguel house, Casa Lala, Rela eschewed the typical hallmarks of colonial architecture and instead opted to highlight Mexican craftsmanship in a more modern way. The house with its plaster walls, steel windows, and doors, and stone floors feels very much at home in the landscape, yet the house feels completely like Rela. The result is incredibly chic and embodies modern Mexico. Maybe this will be the year I make it back to San Miguel! 


Be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of ELLE DECOR to read the full fascinating story and to see all of the photos of this beautiful home which was clearly a labor of love.

{Photography by Bjorn Wallander for ELLE DECOR}

In the Mood: February 2018

{ A Daring Space by Nick Olsen as featured in Veranda}

Lately, I have found myself craving color! While I love the look of a crisp, neutral room, I have been finding myself super drawn to rich jewel tones lately. It could be a case of the winter doldrums, the influence of the sublime Valentino Haute Couture collection that was shown in Paris last week, or a desire to shake things up!  I presume it is a combination of all of these factors. I am lucky that I don’t have one specific look as it allows me to flex my design muscles in order to execute a variety of looks for my clients, all of which are executed in my modern-meets-traditional style.

Currently, that means a cozy, English-inspired house for our client in Greenwich, Connecticut; a modern and sophisticated new construction Chicago condo in a high-contrast palette of black and white, a glamorous, jewel-toned fantasy in Los Angeles, and a variety of local projects that fall somewhere in between. As a result, I am always inspired and am rarely bored with my work– a true gift! This month’s mood is all about the love of color– bright, beautiful, saturated hues in both classic and unusual and inspiring combinations. By the way, I noticed that all of the interior designers whose work I featured in this post live in New York. New York designers are incredibly adept with color, perhaps because it is the antidote to the gray concrete and glass that surrounds them? Food for thought, perhaps.

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture via}

{Mark Rothko}

{A Sumptuous Bedroom by Jeffrey Bilhuber}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Friedel Dzubas}

{A Beautiful Room by Alex Papachristidis as featured in ELLE DECOR}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Mark Rothko}

{A Lovely Dining Room by Ashley Whittaker as featured in House Beautiful}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Alexis Walter}

{A Beautiful Bedroom by Miles Redd as featured in Veranda}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Mark Rothko}

{A Chic Room by Alex Papachristidis featuring one of my Favorite Fabrics, Schumacher’s Samarkand Ikat II}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Elliott Puckett}

{A Bold, Red Entryway by Nick Olsen as featured in House Beautiful}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Italo Valenti Fiore}

{A Cozy Red Nook by Ashley Whittaker as featured in House Beautiful}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Cy Twombly}

{A Bright Mix of Colors in a Living Room by Miles Redd as featured in House Beautiful}

{Valentino Spring 2018 Couture}

{Alexis Walter}


LDV’s Favorite Coffee Table Books

A couple of weeks ago, I received a request from a follower on Instagram to share some of my favorite design coffee table books. As a bona fide book addict, I loved the idea! I usually share lists of my favorite books of the year around the holidays in my Bibliophile gift guide and in the Spring and Fall, when the new releases come out, I typically share reviews of the books I am most excited about. However, this person was asking for my list of top favorite, must have books that serve the dual purpose of being inspiring enough to go back to and read over and over as well as having a beautiful design that is at home on any coffee table or bookshelf.

I thought long and hard about my favorite books. It was rather challenging editing my list down because there are so many wonderful books that I absolutely love and from which I draw inspiration time and time again. I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favorite design-centered coffee table books, which appear here in no particular order. If you find this list helpful and enjoyable, I’ll happily share more of my recommendations for must-have books. If you have other requests for posts that you would like to see from me, please don’t hesitate to let me know. 

{Get Your Copies: Vogue Living: Country City Coast by Hamish Bowles & Chloe Malle | Tory Burch: In Color by Tory Burch | Decorating the Way I See It by Markham Roberts| Michele Bonan: The Gentleman of Style by Michel Bonan | In Pursuit of Beauty by Timothy Whealon | Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by Jennifer Ash Rudick | Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes | Lee by Lee Radziwill | Houses That We Dreamt Of by Delphine and Reed Krakoff | The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd}

P.S. Don’t forget, there will be one more to add to your list come September when my book, Dream Design Live is published by Abrams!

Dissecting the Details: Beth Webb

Hello wonderful LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design blog here and I’m thrilled to be sharing a Dissecting the Details post with you today. With the recent release of her first book, An Eye for Beauty, Beth Webb has shown us how important beauty and comfort are to our everyday living. She has such a keen eye for mixing patterns, soft hues, eras of furnishings, all while creating an overall calming effect. What better room to dissect than the bedrooms by Beth, where serenity & calm are paramount! Let’s look at 4 key features to Beth’s bedroom designs:


The textures and patterns of the textiles used in Beth’s rooms are so inviting, they have the viewer wishing to reach out and touch them. The mixture of soft linens, quilts, and knits create interest and depth. The ikat and Otomi prints seen above may be thought of as busy patterns – but on the contrary, look at the calming effect they have in the overall space!


I love this one, because there is nothing more unabashedly feminine than a makeup counter. And Beth adds this element with ease and interest by using stunning desks, sculptural chairs, and vintage pieces to adorn the tabletop. To me this is a luxurious touch that beckons another era.


If you’ve been reading the Dissecting the Details posts for some time, you know I often mention this element in a bedroom. I love the idea of a room with ample space for a nook with a pair of chairs or a sofa & reading table. But notice that in the examples above, even if you’re space is a little tight, you can get the luxe look with just one tailored chair or an upholstered bench at the end of the bed.


I have to say that when I started to pay attention to the night tables, I noticed every room Beth designs includes stand out pieces with a collected-over-time look. It’s a good reminder not to rush into purchases just to fill the space, but rather to be mindful of how carefully selected pieces will stand out and stand the test of time. And speaking of tables, just look at that darling little tray table for breakfast in bed! Simply stunning.

What element was your favorite? Any others you see? You can find the details of Beth’s book here, and hop over to see more of her beautiful and extensive portfolio here. Thank you for having me!