Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Decorating with Lebrillos

For the last few months, I’ve seen the traditional Spanish lebrillos de fajalauza (the characteristic ceramic from Granada) gracing walls, homes and stores all over the world. You might have seen them too, they are the huge ceramic bowls- usually green and white or blue and white- that people hang on walls, place on big tables or just lay them on the floor. Known in Spanish as lebrillos, they were traditionally used for cooking or for one’s personal hygiene. They have been around for centuries but lately, I started to see them outside Spain more and more often and I think we need to blame Instagram for the lebrillo revival.

You might remember this picture – it’s Veere Grenney house in Tangier and I’ve seen it in most of the Instagram accounts I follow – it kind of went viral when Architectural Digest posted the article back in March 2018

But before Grenney, Saint Laurent used the Spanish Lebrillos in Tangier at his and Berge’s Villa Mabrouka (I’ve always wondered if Greeney took inspiration from Mabrouka for his Tangier home)

Another Instagram account to ‘blame’ the popularity of Lebrillos is @volubilis_art This antiques store in Marbella has plenty of images with beautifully styled lebrillos that makes you want to fill your home with this attractive Spanish Ceramics.

 

The late Jaime Parladé used Lebrillos in many of his projects.

James Mortimer Photography

 

Ricardo Labougle photography

I love this pool Pavillion in Sotogrande by Melián-Randolph with a great balance between modern and traditional (You can read my interview with Sylvia Melián Randolph here)

 

If you are in America, you can find them at CASA GUSTO a beautiful store of antiques, objects, and artworks on Georgia Avenue in West Palm Beach Florida. The space is filled with goods old and new gathered and invented from around the globe. Their lebrillos are made in Mexico and inspired by traditional Andalusian designs.

In Conversation: Jessica Buckley

Established in 2011, Jessica Buckley Interiors is now a flourishing interior design practice offering a full range of residential design services to clients throughout the UK as well as international projects in Sydney, USA or Kuwait.

In 2018, Jessica launched her eponymous shop in Edinburgh selling fine homewares and accessories.

Jessica designs inviting, stylish and elegant interiors that reflect her clients’ unique tastes, personalities and lifestyle. Her fresh aesthetic is a result of a life long passion for beautifully decorated homes and her appreciation for living in a home that you truly love.

Get to know this talented interior designer on today’s conversation.

Dear Jessica, first of all, I would like to know when did your passion for interiors start.

It feels as though I have been interested in interiors all my life: I was constantly rearranging the furniture in my bedroom when I was a child. I wasn’t aiming to achieve any result in particular but I liked the way the different layouts changed the feel of the room. I am also very curious about other people’s homes and loved exploring my friend’s homes when I was invited to visit. It wasn’t until much later in life that this latent passion was re-ignited and I pursued it as a career choice.

Edinburgh Georgian flat 

St Andrews country house

When it comes to decorating, how would you define your style?

Our designs are often a hybrid of the clean, polished American style and the cosy, comfortable, traditional English approach to decorating.  I love to layer colour and pattern and I like to slightly mismatch in order to create rooms which feel like they have evolved gradually over time.

Edinburgh family home

Edinburgh Townhouse

Who are the past or present interior designers that you admire the most?

Oh, so many! Anna Spiro and Nina Campbell were designers I admired right at the very start of my career: I loved Anna’s bold approach to colour and Nina’s beautifully refined rooms which are always so quietly luxurious. I still admire their work today. Rita Konig and Sarah Vanrenen’s work is so fresh and relevant: they have a great way of designing rooms to look like they have been effortlessly put together. Ashley Whittaker, Meg Braff, and a host of other US designers are also huge influences on me: I love the crisp clean style of American design. The Americans do bathrooms and kitchens with great élan.

A project by Sarah Vanrenen

What part of the design process for a home/ room do you enjoy the most

Without a doubt, it’s selecting the fabrics. Floor plans and lighting and selecting furniture is all great too but the choice of fabrics is what makes it really come alive for me.

West Lothian Country House

Thank you so much Jessica!

For more information visit http://www.jessicabuckley.co.uk

Carlos Garcia x Cheffins

This week I sat with interior designer Carlos Garcia to learn more about his collaboration with Cheffins. He has worked his magic curating a fabulous room for the Cambridge based Auctioneers with items from their Fine Arts Sale. Discover all the details of this clever collab on today’s blog post.

Dear Carlos, how this collaboration with Cheffins come to be?

I was approached by Cheffins in Cambridge, one of the country’s leading firms of independent Auctioneers and Valuers to curate a room with items from their Fine Arts and 20th Century Art sale.

Having at your disposal a wonderful array of antiques as well as a fantastic collection of 20th-century British art was no doubt enticing enough. The objective however was, not only to produce a beautiful room set, but to look homely, approachable, accessible and to encourage and inspire people to use auction houses to buy antiques. Hence why the proposal of using one of the rooms in my own country house seemed perfectly suitable.

Can you tell us a little bit about the process of designing the room?

Comfort is at the very heart of everything I design and I was determined to convey this when curating this room: To make the room inviting, to strike a balance between formality and comfort. This was to be a room, not a set.

Another important factor in my design is to give rooms a “settled status”: I like rooms to ‘belong’ to the building they are in, almost as if they always were there. I tend to achieve this by carefully mixing antiques from different periods and styles and by introducing antique and vintage textiles to live comfortably with new fabrics. It is what I call “generational layering”.

This is also applicable to the artwork used in the room, a mix of beautiful antique pieces and wonderful 20th-century British art by Edward Bawden, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Adrian Heath and Robert MacBryde amongst others.

Cushions and Lampshades are all by Susan Deliss: antique suzani cushions as well as those made from fabrics from her own collection. The beautiful block printed and ikat lampshades were produced exclusively for the room.

I chose Christopher Horwood, who has previously captured my country house as well as other projects to photograph the room. Christopher has over 10 years of experience working with renowned interior designers.

The pieces on the room will be available on Cheffins Fine Art Sale on the 6th and 7th of March.

Read my conversation with Carlos Garcia here.