The fifth year of the Polly Jessup Design Series will feature Caroline Rafferty as the distinguished lecturer on interior design in Palm Beach.
Caroline’s approach to design speaks to her love of the arts, her intuitive business sense, and her unique first-hand experiences with many aspects of creating the built environment. In 2008, she co-founded Carolina George, an interior design firm with its own line of fabrics and furniture also in New York. And after moving to Palm Beach with her family, Caroline established Caroline Rafferty Interiors in 2015. Her interiors are characterized by rich color palettes; thoughtful, collected furnishings and art; bold patterns and textures; a mix of time periods; and a strong emphasis on ethically sourced materials. Most recently, she’s decided to parlay her design ethos into opening The Grand Tour with her design-savvy mother Julie, using as inspiration her grandmother Dearie, who was a tastemaker impassioned by kindness and generosity. In this vein, Caroline sits on several boards of foundations that give back to their communities. Caroline holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Polly Jessup Design series was created in 2017 in honor of local interior designer, Polly Jessup (1899-1988). Despite a lack of formal training, Mrs. Jessup’s eye for color, style, and form made her a nationally renowned interior designer whose designs were integral to the gracious lifestyle for which Palm Beach is known. Mrs. Jessup remained active in interior design for over sixty years, and created graceful and sophisticated interior décor for Palm Beach society’s biggest names – Dupont, Ford, Whitney, Mellon, Reed, and countless other socialites.
The Polly Jessup Design Series is generously underwritten by the Daniel Family.