Who We Are
Nelson Hammell started Devonshire in 1985 in the charming hunt country village of Middleburg, Virginia. Through a friendship with the late Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman, Nelson forged a relationship with Deborah, The Duchess of Devonshire, to represent the Chatsworth Estate Garden Furniture line here in the United States
Branching out from that exciting business launch, Devonshire has sourced unusual, one of a kind antique, vintage and new furnishings for the garden and garden room. Working with local West Palm Beach craftsmen and ateliers in Mexico, Morocco, Bali and China, together with classic aged European home & garden antiques gives Devonshire’s eclectic mix of offerings a flair unmatched by other purveyors of garden accents.
We welcome visitors to our warehouse on Georgia Avenue in the heart of the Palm Beach Design District or browse through our website for current in stock inventory. New merchandise arrives daily so feel free to call our showroom for any special requests.
In 1987 Pete Hawkins retired from the world of show jumping as a coach and trainer, selling his last green horse to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and joined Nelson in growing the Devonshire business….over 15 years, Devonshire blossomed to 16 locations across the country, along with participation in antique shows, charity shows, horse shows and flower shows….Pete and Nelson eventually realized that Florida was the best place to concentrate their business and they have never regretted their decision to work with the top landscape and interior designers across the state to bring the best of the best of garden furnishings to properties great and small in the sunshine state.
Bianca the cat
Bianca came to us 7 years ago…she was hired to be the in-house mouser and 24/7 lizard patroller in our home & garden antiques showroom in West Palm Beach. Her smarts and vigilant attitude have propelled her up the employment ladder and now she is the official greeter and client enthusiast…she’s never met a stranger and funny enough she showers even more of her charm and positive energy on those with kitty cat allergies…go figure how she knows! Bianca is beloved by hundreds of clients and their children…stop by and visit her!
“The guys at Devonshire have helped me complete a number of design jobs with their amazing one of a kind finds.. I love going to their warehouse design emporium”
“Devonshire has made quite an impact on the landscape of Palm Beach…unique and one of a kind garden embellishments anchor many public and private garden spaces”
“Every time I start a new project I swing by Devonshire on Georgia Avenue….they always have lots of fresh, new inventory to work into my designs”