William Eubanks combines
18th centuryFrance with a
refreshed palette for drop-dead-gorgeous results
text: jennifer lea reed photography: kim sargent
I t requires a deft touch to ensure a period- inspired interior steers clear of a museum room’s dull veneer, to recreate the most critical
details of a beloved era and yet imbue the entire mood
with freshness and life. In the hands of William R.
Eubanks, this 18th century French interior in Palm
Beach, Florida, suffers only from an excess of perfection
in the discerning balance between then and now.
With just six months to gut a four bedroom, 5,000-
square-foot apartment and turn it into an exquisite,
aristocratic two bedroom haven for a lover and
collector of 18th century French art and antiques,
Eubanks certainly had his work cut out for him. But
with a vast collection of antiques—both his own and his
client’s—to choose from, a palette of luscious modern
fabrics that references the hand-loomed artistry of the
past, access to fine craftsmen in flooring, woodwork
and wall finishes, and an encyclopedic knowledge
of architectural and interior detail, Eubanks’ real
challenge was to pull these elements together in a way
that made the old seem new again.