Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Decorating with Gingham

Finally, I managed to write a new blog post. I’m sorry it’s taken so long but hopefully staying at home means I can spend more time blogging and researching. I have a never-ending list of posts I’ve been wanting to do and I’ll try to tick them off little by little.

The first one is dedicated to gingham. The word gingham entered the English language in the seventeenth century; originally it was a striped fabric imported from India. However, in the mid-eighteenth century, when Manchester mills started producing the material, it was woven into checked or plaid patterns. A plain-woven cotton cloth the colour is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Inexpensive, it has been used for home items, but also for toiles, which are a test version of a finished garment made in a cheap fabric. The history of the fabric is vast and has been used endless times in homes all over the world. Below I’m sharing some of my favourite gingham interiors. I hope they inspire you to use it more often!

Hugh Henry Marbella buffalo check chairA home in Marbella by Hugh Henry (co-founder of design firm Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi)

The Philadelphia home by Judie and Bennet Weinstock. Bill Cunnigham photography. AD

manfuctures a rouen fabrics

Document from Manufactures of Rouen in 1737 with some of their checked fabrcs. Bliblioteque Nacionale de France

robert kime gingham bedRobert Kime

Studio Peregalli bedroom
Gingham, stripes and florals (Mortefontaine  by Le Manach) a la Studio Peregalli

Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans – a paradise for any gingham lover!

Pequena Inglaterra store in Madrid, gingham tableclothGingham tablecloths available at Pequena Inglaterra, one of my favourite stores in Madrid

Sig Bergamin Gingham SofaSig Bergamin

Brownlow interior designBrownlow interior design

brownrigg antiques gingham chairBrownrigg Antiques

get the gusto gingham pierre frey scalamandre

get the gusto gingham

Get the Gusto 

bellamont forest john coote

Bellamont Forest, the late Australian designer John Cote 18th-century Palladian mansion in Ireland’s County Cavan. 

Cathy Kincaid

north farm durham rita konigRita Konig’s North Farm Durham

Furlow Gatewood

jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham

jeffrey bilhuber gingham green and blue corner sofa Jeffrey Bilhuber

Georgia Mac Millan Faraglioni Blue Check Georgia Mac Millan Faraglioni Blue CheckGeorgia Mac Millan’s Faraglioni Blue Check

The Old Vicarage, where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.

The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.

The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. You can read the blog post I dedicated to this house here

mard d sikes interior design gingham and florals Mark D Sikes

Gloria Gonzalez tablesetting bonadea napkinA table I did a while ago. The hydrangea napkins can be found at Bonadea

veere grenney tangier kitchen blue and white gingham

Veere Grenney Tangier home.Simon Upton photography

Gingham at Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden Gingham at Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden. Miguel Flores-Vianna photography

Musée de la Vie Romantique Paris Gingham walls
Musée de la Vie Romantique, Paris Valentino new york apartment gingham vogue

Valentino’s Central Park Apartment with Le Manach red gingham walls. Photographed by Michael Mundy, Vogue, March 1989

renzo mongiardino ginghamRenzo Mongiardino via WSJ

gloria vandervilt home gingham

Gloria Vanderbilt with her sons Anderson Cooper (left) and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper on a bed in their home on March 30, 1972 in Southampton, Long Island, New York.Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images gloria vandervilt home ginghamDetail of the master bedroom in the Long Island home of Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper, decorated by Vanderbilt; the brick fireplace as been covered with a Friendship quilt, each white block of the quilt stencilled with the name of one of the quiltmaker’s friends; the room is covered with purple and white gingham wallpaper; Photo by Horst P. Horst. Condé Nast / Getty Images. gloria vandervilt home ginghamGloria Vanderbilt with her husband, Wyatt Cooper, and sons Anderson and Carter, in their Southampton living room, 1972.Photo by Jack Robinson. Condé Nast / Getty Images.

Seeing Red

For the last couple of weeks, my Instagram feed has been inundated with a plethora of reds: cherry, crimson, burgundies…even someone mentioned to me ‘Gloria, you love red!’ and I really do! So I thought it would only be appropriate to keep this red momentum going and share some of my favourite red interiors on the blog. As Franco-American couturière Pauline  Trigère and fellow red aficionado used to say ‘when you are feeling blue, think red’.

Betty and François Catroux’s 16th-century farmhouse, Les Ramades, photo by Tim Clinch for House & Garden.

alidad day bed redAlidad 

ines de la fressange home

ines de la fressange paris apartmentInes de la Fressange Parisian Apartment

Miles Redd. Veranda Magazine

Zanna Roberts Rassi manhattan play room in red and white

A very chic playroom! Zanna Roberts Rassi Manhattan apartment. One Kings Lane

Noemi Marone Cinzano portugese home decorated by John StefanidisNoemi Marone Cinzano Portuguese home decorated by John Stefanidis. Tour the full home here

Melanie Johnson @melathomeltd bedroom with headboard upholstered in Bennison Palampore fabric.

painted floor nick olsenLove the touch of red on this painted floor designed by Nick Olsen. Photo by Reid Rolls

nick olsen red lacquer libraryA Manhattan apartment by Nick Olsen. Photo by Maura McEvoy

‘Dark red is like a spice, it’s there to accentuate and to give balance. It is not the main ingredient. I would never paint a gargantuan room dark red because that would be too much of a good thing.’ Alessandra Branca

alessandra branca ny apartment

Alessandra Branca

charlotte moss red toileCharlotte Moss

‘All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It’s exactly as if I’d said, “I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple” – they have no idea what I’m talking about.’ Diana Vreeland

diana vreelandDiana Vreeland by Horst.P. Horst

‘Red is the great clarifier – bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red – it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.’ Diana Vreeland

Carnations Forever

I have always loved carnations and was longing to find time to write a blog post about them. I have never understood the bad reputation of these flowers: they last for weeks, are budget-friendly and I find their ruffled petals extremely beautiful. They are also Spain’s national flower so my carnation obsession might have something to do with that.

They were introduced in Spain by Emperor Charles V who gave the ‘Persian Flower’ as a present to his wife Isabel of Portugal while they were in La Alhambra, in Granada. Shortly after, Charles V ordered that carnations should be planted in all the gardens of the Alhambra. Over time this flower expanded throughout the southern part of Spain, adorning gardens, courtyards and balconies as well as the hair of women dressed in flamenco dresses.

But carnations, members of the Dianthus family, have been cultivated for at least 2000 years. Wild Dianthus caryophyllus is likely to have originated from the Mediterranean regions of Greece and Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia), but the long time in cultivation makes it difficult to confirm its precise origin. The genus Dianthus contains several species that have been cultivated for hundreds of years for ornamental purposes.

It was the Athenians that named the flower Dianthos, from the Greek words dios (divine) and anthos (flower). Gillyflower, another name by which the plant is known, probably came from the French who called dianthus, gelofre. Carnations probably originated in the Pyrenees as single flowered specimens, but none of these naturally occurring, single wild varieties exists today. The beauty of its flower, its longevity as a cut flower and the ease with which it could be cultivated combined gave it instant popularity in many cultures.

The plant was subjected to massive breeding programs and by the early 1700’s there were single, semi-double and double carnations available in crimson, blush, purple, red, scarlet, white and tawny colours There were also striped, stippled, spotted and veined carnations with smooth or picoteed petal edges. Many of these hybrids were divided into very specific classes: Bizarre, Flake, Flame and Picatee.

Since Victorian times, when the interest in botany went hand in hand with the interest in the ‘language of flowers’ Carnations symbolize love, affection and fascination.

Quoting Caroline Roehm (a fellow carnation lover) ‘there are no bad flowers, only people who do them badly’ I hope this blog post and the images below inspire you to embrace the simple beauty of carnations.

Henri Fantin Latour, Carnations without vase, 1899

Georg Flegel (1566-1638) Still life with Carnation and Eggs 1600Georg Flegel, Still life with carnation and eggs, 1600

Lobmyr persian flower handpainted glassesPersian Flower Hand-painted tumblers

Table setting with carnations in a home in Notto (Italy) featured in Architectural Digest. Mattia Aquila photography.

el vendedor de claveles francisco bayeuEl vendedor de claveles, (The carnation seller) Francisco Bayeu y Subias, Museo Nacional del Prado, 1786.

william de morganTile with two carnations and foliage, William de Morgan, c.1881, The British Museum

william de morgan tileBlue carnation with prunus leaves, William de Morgan, 1872-1907, De Morgan collection

carnation strip fabric bernard thorpCarnation stripe fabric by Bernard Thorp

carolina irving and daughters table top collectionCarolina Irving and daughters

iznik carnation plateAn Iznik polychrome pottery dish with carnation bouquet, Turkey, circa 1580, Sotheby’s

María Ana Victoria de Borbón, niña (futura reina de Portugal) Museo Nacional del Prado, Jean RancMaría Ana Victoria de Borbón, niña (futura reina de Portugal), Jean Ranc, Museo Nacional del Prado, 1725.

the book of carnationThe book of carnation, R.P. Brotherson, Martin R. Smith

Louise Savitt’s bedroom. Horst 1965. 

the language of flowers carnationThe Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (London; New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1857)

cutter brooks table setting in pink with carnations by amanda brooksCutter Brooks

A camel, giraffe, chameleon in a tree, flying dragon, ichneumon, spider, and various insects and flowers, including a carnation. 1663 EngravingAnimalium, Ferarum, & Bestiarum (A camel, giraffe, chameleon in a tree, flying dragon, ichneumon, spider, and various insects and flowers, including a carnation) print; Wenceslaus Hollar (After); David Loggan print made after Wenceslaus Hollar. 1662-1663; The British Museum.

gitana con clavelGitana con claveles, (gipsy with carnations) Santiago Martínez, 1919
D. Portahult ‘Oeillets’ (Carnation) collecion