Palm Beach interior designer Sara McCann and her team transformed a 9,000-square-foot former storage warehouse into an impeccably styled furniture, lighting, home accessories and gift store. McCann, who’s been finessing Palm Beach homes with her sought-after coastal-chic style for 10 years now, says she was tired of struggling to find detailed accessories to complete a home look. “As we were finishing our jobs, we didn’t have the local sources to go to for the last 10 percent of the design,” she says. And with that, HIVE was born.
Many interior design stores or furniture stores have a 10-week lead-time, but not HIVE. “Anything you see on the sales floor can be delivered in 24 to 48 hours,” McCann says. The store carries items to complete a home from start to finish – furniture with hand-picked upholstery, tables, dinnerware, pillows, lighting and more. “Everything for a well-appointed home,” the designer says.
Old Florida with a twist
The store also offers customers the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with McCann’s interior design services team – McCann Design Group – to style an entire room. The designer describes her style as “old Florida with a twist.” “It’s transitional, light, fresh and airy with a nod to Florida,” she says. HIVE was modeled to showcase that style, McCann says, who adds that each room was designed as if it were part of a client’s home. Light wood floors with cream couches and dark-wood tables outfit the HIVE living room. The adjoining room showcases a floor to ceiling white cabinet with custom-made shelves packed with coastal green, blue and yellow down-filled pillows. There’s also a complete kitchen with a working stove and a luxurious bathroom. Even McCann’s office – a green lacquered library – was designed so customers could see and replicate the style in their own home. “We wanted people to see, touch and feel,” she says.
The store also offers great hostess and teacher gifts like personalized stationery, makeup bags, pajamas, candles, soaps, cocktail napkins and more. Feature gift tables at the front of the store rotate every two weeks. Recently, they were filled with elegant colorful cashmere draped ponchos and shagreen clutches. HIVE also started carrying AERIN lamps and fabrics and will soon feature the “AERIN for Lenox” collection of china.
The store includes lower-priced items like NEST candles for $40 and packages of paper cocktail napkins for $6. Mid-priced gift items include the cashmere draped poncho for $150 and real shagreen evening bags for $520. Sofas range from $2,100 to $8,800.