Q&A with Pauline Pitt

Photo by Capehart Photography

Philanthropist Pauline Pitt proves that living graciously can lift the spirit and invigorate the soul. Renowned for her fresh, classic interiors, the Manhattan native became enamored by decorating in London during the early 1970s. After returning to New York, she launched her eponymous interior design firm, Pauline Boardman Ltd., and has created sophisticated abodes for clients like Terry Allen Kramer. Daughter of financier George F. Baker III, the Palm Beach doyenne has a soft spot for the island’s rich architectural heritage and advocating for animals and the less fortunate. She currently serves on several boards including Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and is chair of The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and the William H. Pitt Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and unwinding with her family and partner Jerry Seay at their rustic chalet in Aspen, Colorado.

SUNDAY FUNDAY Hanging in our hammocks in Aspen or on the terrace in Palm Beach reading newspapers and catching up on magazines

MOST PRECIOUS MOMENTOS My wedding ring from Bill Pitt and my ring from Jerry

BUCKET LIST Visiting the Galápagos Islands, South America, and Tahiti

Cerulean waters of Tahiti
Hive Home Gift & Garden

PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT Something from Hive Home Gift & Garden


RECENT COVETED PURCHASE White Range Rover Sport with red interior


STAYS HOME TO WATCH Blacklist, Billions, and Grace and Frankie


PERSONAL PASSIONS My two dachshunds, Bean and Gus


A FUN SATURDAY NIGHT Dinner and a movie with Jerry

WISH LIST A month-long stay in the Bahamas this spring

PALM BEACH OBSESSION I smile when I cross the bridge into Palm Beach after being away for a while. No other place do I love as much.

STRESS RELIEVER Underwater swimming

ALWAYS WEARS My rings and my mother’s gold bracelets

FOREVER GOAL Stay healthy and keep laughing

SPECIAL SECRET I don’t beat around the bush, and I decide quickly.

Cruising along Lake Powell towards Rainbow Bridge Arch.
Dining at Chez Jean-Pierre

GUILTY PLEASURE Sneaking off to the shops on Worth Avenue

FAVORITE JEWELRY DESIGNER Mish Tworkowski. He’s exhibiting at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s annual benefit on March 3.

FAVORITE PALM BEACH DISHES The boiled egg starter with caviar at Chez Jean-Pierre and grilled artichokes at Palm Beach Grill

SIGNATURE SIP Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

BEAUTY MUST-HAVE Jo Malone orange blossom body crème

NOW READING Hutton Wilkinson and Flynn Kuhnert’s The Walk to Elsie’s: A Loving Memory of Elsie de Wolfe book set (Cecil Court Press)

FAVORITE VACATION Chartering a houseboat on Lake Powell, Utah


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