A crumbling and deteriorating 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona has found new life in the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Tagliabue has allowed the history and original structure of the house to inspire her designs without creating a single sketch or model. Most of the rooms in the house are situated around a center patio which creates plenty of natural light. The diagonal paths of colorful Andalusian tile throughout each room (see baldosa hidráulica) are an interpretation of the suns rays . And during the remodeling process, beautiful 18th century decorative murals were discovered after peeling away some of the walls. I can see how the architect let the house speak for itself. It’s truly a treasure!
Leave it to Mario Testino to transform a 1930s Spanish-style hacienda, tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, into a refined display of art, fashion, and culture. Natalia Vodianova dons the season’s best wares against an immense backdrop of contemporary art, Peruvian furniture, and decor from all over the world . . . all photographed by Mario himself, of course.
I can’t help but daydream of rest and relaxation in this serene, charming, and unique retreat in the Mallorca countryside . . .
Not really yellow and not quite green. Vibrant and brilliant but pale at the same time. Chartreuse is one of those mysterious yet magnificent colors that always seems to provide that necessary and unique pop of color.
Not your average beach house, Kelly Wearstler‘s Malibu getaway is the epitome of sophisticated glamour. The subdued color palette, myriad of textures, vintage furniture, organic sculptures, and textural details just go to show that not a single facet was overlooked by the über talented designer. I’ve officially added an enormous nautilus sculpture and a chic metal kaleidoscope to my dream-home wish list.
Mexican designer Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers has cleverly and humorously transformed the classic French Louis XV oval chair into the shape of a Nopal cactus. Add multicolored Otomi upholstery and I officially need at least one in my home.
(available at Bergdorf Goodman)