Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Month: September 2017

Indian Summer

While I can’t complain about the Indian Summer in Madrid (known in Spanish as ‘Veranillo de San Miguel) I must admit that this month some of my favourite Instagram feeds were giving me major envy with their travels to India. The explosion of colours, fabrics and patterns is difficult to beat.

Caution: seeing these images can make you feel an inevitable force to take the next plane to Delhi.

Hand block printing
As Diana Vreeland said  ‘Pink is the navy blue of India’  @mollymahonblockprinting

 

Molly Mahon at the Jaipur flower market wearind Day Dress
Molly Mahon in the Jaipur flower market wearing a dress by Day Dress (a brand every ‘hand block-printed’ lover needs to know!) Read my conversation with Molly here 

 

' If you've run out of time and the blocks aren't ready, pick up a brush'
‘ If you’ve run out of time and the blocks aren’t ready, pick up a brush’ @mollymahonblockprinting

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
The Sujan Rajmahal Palace couldn’t be any more perfect @auntyb_madrid

 

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
Sujan Rajmahal Palace @auntyb_madrid

 

Aunty b Madrid choosing colors in India
Decisions, Decisions… @auntyb_madrid choosing colours

 

India
@auntyb_madrid

 

The Samode Palace
Samode Palace @johnrobshaw

 

Amber Fort
Amber Fort @johnrobshaw

Kalinko: from Burma with love

I was looking for the perfect rattan butler’s tray when I discovered the one made by Kalinko. Later that day I found out that this brand has much more to offer than just pretty trays.

My beloved rattan butler’s tray by Kalinko

 

 

As Londoners living in Burma, Kalinko founders noticed that it was very difficult for the Burmese craftsmen to sell worldwide so they decided to give the artisans access to the international market through an online homeware store.

Their products are affordable yet you won’t compromise on great design and quality. Kalinko is independent, ethical and adheres to the globally recognised 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

If you’re a rattan lover like myself, you’ll probably find browsing their website very tempting! Although I honestly love everything they do, here are my picks.

 

Za jacket. Kalinko
The Za Jacket. Proceeds from the jacket’s sales will be used to buy new looms, yarns and weaving equipment for the community, and to help support their livelihoods, giving them time to train their successors, and keep their traditional skills alive. Learn more about the project here
 For more information visit http://www.kalinko.com

Beaverbrook

On a recent article, The Telegraph was questioning if Beaverbrook was Britain’s coolest new country house hotel. Well, judging by the recent images that have been released,  I think that’s more than a fair question to ask.

Located in Surrey, this impressive property was the former home of press baron, Lord Beaverbrook. The transformation into a luxurious country hotel has been made in different phases: the first one was the Garden House, which opened its doors last autumn. The recently opened House was the second phase and later this year, the Couch House Spa and the Glass House will complete this ambitious project.

The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House

 

A bedroom at The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House’s interiors were designed by Nicola Harding

 

Renowned interior designer  Susie Atkinson was in charge of the Main House interiors. She did an excellent job creating a  glamorous retreat without forgetting the cozy country feel.

The parrot bar designed by Susie Atkinson. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

The parrot bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design
Guests can also book a table at one of the hotel’s star attraction, the Japanese restaurant headed by Taiji Maruyama of KIRU restaurant in Chelsea

 

Pretty details from Susie Atkinson Instagram account:
The Parrot Bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design
 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

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