Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Trasierra

Trasierra owner Charlotte Scott likes to describe this idyllic place as ‘an hotel for people who don’t like hotels’

Located in the beautiful Cazalla de la Sierra (an hour and a quarter north of Seville) Madrid born London raised, Scott fell in love with this dilapidated house dating from the 15h and 16th centuries in the 70s and moved to Spain with her then-husband Nick. It was in Trasierra where they raised their four children: Amber, Gioconda, George and Jackson.

What was intended to be a private home became one of the most desirable accommodations in Andalucia. And that, for me, is the charm of Trasierra: that it is both a family house and a hotel: designed for people who appreciate beauty, comfort, delicious food and peace.

Trasierra Hotel in Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la SierraSimon Brown Photography

Bedroom at Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra Bedroom at Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Bedroom at Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel Cazalla de la SierraSimon Brown Photography

Trasierra Hotel in Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra hotel- Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel- Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra Mark Bothwell Photography

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la SierraSimon Brown Photography

Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Bedroom at Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Bedroom at Trasierra Hotel | Cazalla de la Sierra

Trasierra has 12 double bedrooms spread out over the property. There is a main guest house with five doubles and the other rooms are in beautifully restored cottages and buildings found throughout the gardens. Each guest room has been decorated by Charlotte, a respected interior designer, and reflect her attention to detail with deliciously comfortable beds, fine linens, lots of books, writing paper, restful colours and plenty of room to unpack.

The whole family is closely involved – Gioconda Scott cooks at Trasierra full-time, Amber leads yoga retreats and gives a fantastic Thai massage, George handles marketing duties and sources superb jamon iberico, olive oil, almonds, marmalades, and other gourmet items and singer and author George often finds inspiration for his music in Trasierra.

Images from a recent article on Vanity Fair Spain featuring Leah de Wavrin (George Scott’s fiance) in Trasierra where Leah and George live with their daughter Thelma. Elena Olay photography. Stylist Beatriz Moreno de la Cova

 Mark Bothwell Photography

After a closure for renovations, Trasierra will be opening again in June for events, private parties, weddings and group bookings.

For further information and bookings, you can send an email to bookings@trasierra.com

Images http://www.trasierra.com unless otherwise stated

Find more inspiration on their instagram @trasierra_life

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