Beth & Her Home
Beth Beattie Aschenbach, co-founder of Palm Beach Lately alongside her sister Danielle, is the perfect example of a mom who has managed to maintain her elegant style post-baby. Beth’s home, which is situated just north of Palm Beach, is filled top to bottom with the most luxurious of items (think: lucite tables, gold fixtures, blush pink upholstery), yet she never compromises on family-friendly functionality.
Suffice it to say, if you’ve ever wondered how you can have a fancy house and a family, too, then you’ve come to the right place! Beth threw her home’s front door wide open for us and, today, we’re sharing the full home tour. While we’re sure you’ll notice the high-end finishes and fixtures first and foremost, don’t let those shiny details fool you. Every piece is thought out with kids in mind, and, lucky for all of us, Beth is sharing her home style secrets below.
Read on to hear how Beth finds family-friendly balance when it comes to her aesthetic (spoiler: she keeps one kid-free room to house her favorite delicate pieces!). Plus, learn how her ultra-successful lifestyle blog came to be.
First, tell us how Palm Beach Lately came to be!
We’ve always been interested in the fashion, home and travel industries. My sister started a blog back in 2010 for her then-personal-concierge company and thought it would be a good idea to do a week-long feature on fun things to do in Palm Beach. I had my public relations and event planning company then, and was often asked by New York clients—like Ferragamo and Vineyard Vines—who the local bloggers were to promote their store openings. At that time there weren’t any.
My sister came to me with the idea to combine our talents, and what started out as my sister’s small project, quickly evolved into a whole new blog dedicated to the younger, fresher side of Palm Beach. We knew that combining our talents would be the perfect collaboration, and not having a strict plan has been the best plan.
What’s your favorite post on the site to date?
My favorite blog post to date is our Guide to Harbour Island that was featured in Palm Beach Illustrated. Danielle and I love to travel and visit the local gems for shopping, dining, etc. This trip was extra special because it was one of our closest friend’s weddings and I was the maid of honor and Danielle was a bridesmaid. We are working on a few more guides this summer to Key West, Nantucket and Magnolia so stay tuned for those!
Now that I have my daughter, I prioritize and say “no” to some things and I am OK with that. Family is really important to us.
How has becoming a mother changed the way you decorate and live in your home?
Since becoming a mom, I have had to be more realistic with the pieces that I choose. Before I was pregnant, I ordered these white upholstered chairs for the kitchen. They are the running joke in my family because they are as un-kid-friendly as you can get. I still like to be stylish in choosing fabrics and pieces, but I now try to pick more kid-friendly pieces, like a soft, tufted coffee table, fabrics and chairs that we can wipe clean, etc. I still have one room that is all of my favorite things that my daughter, for the most part, stays out of.
What’s on your to-do list for today?
We are prepping for a featured trip, so I am finalizing our looks, confirming the shot list and locations with photographer and picking up a few last-minute accessories.
How has blogging changed since you launched Palm Beach Lately in 2012?
Coming from a public relations and marketing background, it is so interesting to see how traditional advertising has changed. Companies and agencies now turn to bloggers to represent and promote their clothing brands, products, services, hotel destinations, etc.
Do you have any secret spots around Palm Beach to find great art or furniture?
I love The Painted Ox! They refurbished the black-and-white striped chairs in my living room and the blush stools in my family room. Circa Who and Palm Beach Regency are also great stores to find Palm Beach style pieces, such as rattan, bamboo, chinoiserie, etc. There are quite a few amazing shops on Antique Row as well.
What’s in your makeup bag?
My makeup routine is pretty simple and I like to use natural products as much as possible.
- Crunchi Liquid Foundation
- Beautycounter Color Shade Eye Duo
- Chanel Concealer
- Beautycounter Blush
- Origins GinZing Mascara
- Beautycounter Lip Gloss
- Trish McEvoy Gel Eyeliner
It’s easy to get distracted when you work from home, but I make a conscious effort to be present and capture all these sweet moments.
Biggest life lesson you’ve learned since owning your own business?
You can’t do it all! I learned the hard way years ago with a health scare. Now that I have my daughter, I prioritize and say “no” to some things and I am OK with that. Family is really important to us and we spend many nights around the dinner table together. It’s a priority of ours to be there for our kids and a blessing to have our blog as a creative outlet for ourselves.
What blogs and magazines do you love to read in your spare time?
Of course, one of our favorite blogs is Glitter Guide! We have many blogger friends and we try to keep up with all of them when we can, but a couple of our favorites are Julia Engel’s Gal Meets Glam, Blair Eadie’s Atlantic-Pacific and Rachel Parcell’s Pink Peonies.
I still love a good paper magazine and flipping through pages while at the pool or on a plane. A few favorites to read are Domino, Joanna Gaines’ seasonal magazine The Magnolia Journal, Coastal Living and Town & Country.
What’s it like working with your sister? What are each of your strengths?
Her husband jokes that we never get sick of each other—and we really don’t! We have been inseparable from a very young age. Her strengths are writing and she’s very creative. She recently featured this out-of-the-box concept she came up with, installing awnings and flower boxes on the inside of her kitchen windows to bring the outdoors inside. I love creating opportunities and making new connections and I’m great at getting the to-dos done. We seamlessly take on what needs to be done to keep a small business running.
Name a few people who inspire you as a working mom?
Lara Casey (the founder of Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters) is such an inspirational mother. I loved her book, Make it Happen, and can’t wait to read her new book, Cultivate. In the fashion world, I have always admired what Tory Burch and Rachel Zoe have accomplished as working moms.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I try to consume the proper amount of water (which isn’t easy because I am not a water fan), eat lots of fruits and vegetables, limit wine and get good sleep. I recently came across Life by Leese and she is very inspirational! I have made her Rainbow Bright Healing Juice and can’t wait to read her new ebook Glow From The Inside Out.
Being a mom is such an incredible experience, from watching how they learn about the world around them to saying new words and their childlike spirit.
What would be your ideal food day?
- Breakfast: egg muffins (Ashley Brooke has a great recipe)
- Snack: smoothie or acai bowl from 3 Natives
- Lunch: I love to make chicken or ground turkey with quinoa or pasta and tomato, avocado, cucumber and feta or tomato and artichoke with lemon, oil and orange juice dressing.
- Snack: Larabar
- Dinner: My friend Diane taught me a few go-to dinner recipes like Bolognese or a whole roasted chicken with carrots. If we go out for dinner, we love to get sushi from Imoto or Echo in Palm Beach.
My husband has a gluten sensitivity, so we don’t eat much of it. Lemon Stripes just introduced me to Banza, a chickpea pasta with 25 grams of protein, and a summer protein recipe that is so good! Our family has a sweet tooth, so I’m always looking for a cookie or treat after dinner!
What is the best part about being a mom? Best part about being a creative business owner?
Being a mom is such an incredible experience, from watching how they learn about the world around them to saying new words and their childlike spirit. It’s easy to get distracted when you work from home, but I make a conscious effort to be present and capture all these sweet moments. They are only little for a short time!
We especially love having this creative outlet while we are raising our young children. There is no other opportunity that would be as flexible for our schedules and our talents as blogging has been. Plus, we get to work together, which is a lot of fun!