Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Directorio Deco

Decorating with Intaglios

Intaglios were intended to preserve the arts and culture of ancient times, which had been lost throughout the centuries. Images were carved into stones and used to impress into wax seals. These carvings depict portraiture, renowned architecture, and celebrated scenes from ancient Rome and Greek mythology. In the 19th century, reliefs of these carvings were being reproduced in plaster form and became collectables

Plaster intaglios became to be used as mementoes for the Grand Tour travellers. these small carvings were collected during their travels. They would mount the intaglios into books and then make notes corresponding to each one as to his adventure that resulted in his buying or obtaining that stamp. By the end of the trip a traveller would have books filled with intaglios and notes that would last a lifetime.

Original set of  Grand Tour plaster intaglios, ‘Opere di Gibson’ circa 1830. The set is housed in a double-sided box designed as a book with half marbled boards with gilt lettered vellum spine, speckled ‘page edge’. Inside the front and back cover is a handwritten key describing the images on each of the cameos. 1stdibs


I find framed Intaglios a  highly effective way to decorate walls and they seem to always work well with both contemporary and traditional homes. Old or new, white or coloured, a simple framing or a playful one. Whatever is your choice, here are a few ideas on how to make the most of your collection.

As a lover of classical architecture and art,  there’s no surprise that Alexa Hampton often decorates with Intaglios. She makes them look uber chic in both her own bedroom and her guest bedroom.


The framed intaglios compliment beautifully the wallpaper pattern in this bedroom designed by Todd Richesin


It’s all about the contrast in this elegant space designed by Katie Ridder. The framed intaglios are from KRB. House Beautiful


From Intaglio-filled lamps to decoupage trays, Bridie Hall loves intaglios and she uses them in the most clever way.


If you’re are looking for unique framed intaglios, Parvum Opus is the place to go. The main designer and creative mind, Erika Stafanitti, also shares her ever-growing collection on Instagram – a must follow account for any Intaglio-Bindery lover.


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