Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Directorio Deco

The Wicklewood Design Collective Pop Up

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know by now that on the 20th of June ‘The Wicklewood Design Collective Pop Up Store’ opened its doors.

Caroline and Rosie, Wicklewood founders

The Wicklewood Design Collective: Sophie Conran, Caroline, Rosie, Rococo and myself.

Tom St Aubyn photography

Designed in partnership with interior designer Rococo Davis, the shop features Wicklewood’s very desirable cushions, rugs and home decor accents alongside a selection of original homeware including selected bed linen and glassware by Sophie Conran, and vintage pieces sourced by Rococo.  I felt really honoured to be part of this fabulous space by bringing a curated selection of handpainted Spanish Ceramics.

Even though there is still one last day left until the store closes, I would like to thank in this post to all of my friends, designers, followers and wonderful people who came by the store and have been supporting us incredibly since the very first minute. A special thank you to Wicklewood brilliant founders, Caroline and Rosie, for all the hard work behind the scenes and for counting on me for this beautiful project.

With Caroline and Rosie.

Rococo and her daughter…it doesn’t get any cuter than this.

Discovering Bermuda (Part II)

One of the great discoveries of this trip was the Agricultural Exhibition. The Ag show, as locals call it, is a sweet annual event held each April at the Botanical Gardens. Over three days, the show combines the best of Bermuda’s agricultural, food, culture, equestrian and live entertainment. I loved to see how everybody – from children to adults – were so excited to see the winners in each category. It’s a true celebration of the flora, fauna and culture of Bermuda and it gave me a great insight into this enchanting island.

 

I also found the visit to the Masterworks Museum very interesting. At the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, you can experience Bermuda as seen through the eyes of artists like Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Jack Bush and Albert Gleizes among many others. Many of the paintings in the Bermudiana Collection are landscapes of this beautiful island paradise, and others reflect the unique warmth of Bermuda’s people and cultural heritage.

 

A highlight of the trip was lunch at Coral Beach and Tennis Club. This Club is one of the most charming places I’ve ever visited. It feels like stepping into a Slim Aarons photo. All the fab details one would expect from an Old School Island club – Coral Beach Club has them all!

Again, Dasfete arranged a table that left us all in awe, and yet again, the menu was exquisite.

We (tried) to play croquet although some of us were more interested in the cute pink house at the end of the lawn. The person who had it rented saw our interest and was kind enough to let us peek in! It couldn’t be any more perfect…

 

The great art collection at the Hamilton Princess hotel is a must see. Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Ai Weiwei…museum worthy!

 

We also had time to sail on the classic sailboat ‘Calabash’.

 

For our last dinner, Sarah Bray prepared the most beautiful table at The Loren hotel. I was so happy to see the hand embroidered napkins by my talented friend Mariana Barran Goodall from Hibiscus Linens (every napkin had a different flower from Bermuda!). It looked so beautiful against the Indian block print tablecloth and with the sea as a backdrop, I couldn’t imagine a better ending for this fantastic trip.

Images: Gloria González

Discovering Bermuda (Part I)

Do you know when you come back from a Holiday and you can’t stop talking about the wonders of the place you’ve just visited? Well, this is happening to me at the moment with Bermuda so I thought that writing a blog post (actually two) about the wonders of this charming island was a necessity.

Gotham magazine editor-in-chief, Sarah Bray, alongside with Bermuda Tourism Authority organized a tailor-made Home and Garden Design Weekend for a small group of bloggers, interior designers and editors which I was honoured to be part of.

We stayed at the luxurious Rosewood Bermuda in Tuckers Point.  This exclusive resort has recently reopened after an extensive renovation and it couldn’t look any better – Island chic at its very best!

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Beach Club - Rosewood Bermda

inner at Rosewood  Beach Club with a stunning table curated by Aerin Lauder to celebrate the launch of AERIN's amenity line for Rosewood Bermuda. 'Coral Palm'  is the first-ever amenity line by AERIN and it features six luxurious bath and body products. The balmy, tropical blend is inspired by sunny days, indigo nights the bright blue sea,  and glorious coral sunsets which perfectly expresses Rosewood's A Sense of Place

Dinner at Rosewood  Beach Club with a stunning table curated by Aerin Lauder to celebrate the launch of AERIN‘s amenity line for Rosewood Bermuda. ‘Coral Palm’  is the first-ever amenity line by AERIN and it features six luxurious bath and body products. The balmy, tropical blend is inspired by sunny days, indigo nights the bright blue sea,  and glorious coral sunsets which perfectly expresses Rosewood’s A Sense of Place.

Aerin amenities for Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda will also introduce the AERIN fragance bar, a dedicated 24-hour Fragrance Bar featuring the complete collection of AERIN fragrances. Through this unique amenity, guests can borrow from a selection of AERIN fragrances, eliminating the hassle of packing yet another liquid.  From the moment they check in, guests can ring the Fragrance Bar at any time, and a butler will appear at their door, carrying a silver tray with AERIN’s luxurious fragrances for guests’ use.  After selecting the fragrance of their choice, guests will mist themselves and the Fragrance Butler will disappear with the tray until he or she is rung again. (How fabulous is this?!)Rosewood Bermuda will also introduce the AERIN fragance bar, a dedicated 24-hour Fragrance Bar featuring the complete collection of AERIN fragrances. Through this unique amenity, guests can borrow from a selection of AERIN fragrances, eliminating the hassle of packing yet another liquid.  From the moment they check in, guests can ring the Fragrance Bar at any time, and a butler will appear at their door, carrying a silver tray with AERIN’s luxurious fragrances for guests’ use.  (How fabulous is this?!)

 

Cultural Ambassador and local personality Kristin White gave us a fun and super interesting bike tour in the historic town of St. George’s

St George's , Bermuda

 

I loved visiting Ocean Sails workshop and the owner’s home (so special and unique!)

Ocean Sails, Bermuda
ocean sails, bermuda

 

Next stop was The  Bermuda Perfumery. This charming company has been offering exclusive fragrances made from the island’s flowers since 1928. All the fragrances are made on-site at the historic Stewart Hall. Owner and perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone has created around two-dozen scents for men and women, like Coral from freesia, rose, ginger and clementine, that can’t be found anywhere else (only available on Bermuda or through the website)

The Perfumery, Bermuda
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The Perfumery, Bermuda

 

We finished the day with a magical dinner at a traditional Bermuda home called ‘Old Walls’, an old farmhouse built in the late 1700s located in Paget. The farmland was terraced and the gardens created some forty years ago. The two-acre property has a significant lime kiln, fish ponds, a folly and a slat house. I really enjoyed meeting the owners and it was so kind of them to open the doors for us. From the stunning table to the locally sourced products for the menu – everything was carefully designed by Selange Gitschner and Matthew Strong from Dasfete

Dinner at Old Walls, Bermuda
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Folly - Old Walls, Bermuda
  Folly - Old Walls, Bermuda
Old Walls, Bermuda

To be continued…

Images: Gloria González