Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Directorio Deco

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

Corpus Christi in Lagartera

Today Lagartera celebrates its most important day of the year, Corpus Christi – a celebration filled with craftsmanship, faith and tradition.

Lagartera’s Corpus Christi was institutionalized in Lagartera on February 21st in 1589 when Sixtus V granted apostolic letters for the foundation of the Brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament of Lagartera. The following year, on June 21, the first Procession of the Corpus took place in Lagartera.

The Corpus Christi procession has been celebrated since 1590, always in the same way and always following the same traditions. Altars are mounted on the doors of the houses with blankets and other textile pieces all made by hand. Some of the textiles used in the event have been passed down from generation to generation since the 16th-century. Tables beautifully dressed serve as a throne to the sculpture of Baby Jesus- in charge of receiving the ‘Custodia’.

The procession of the Corpus of Lagartera is one of the most beautiful and unique traditions that can be seen in Spain. Loaded with devotion and tradition, What especially stands out is the  Lagartera craftsmanship,  famous for its embroideries (you can read my blog post about the embroideries of Lagartera here) This celebration has a special significance for Lagartera because Art, Tradition and Faith come together in it. For this very special occasion, the Lagarteranos wear the intricate traditional costume, full of handcrafted details. Fennel, mint and basil cover the streets and squares and imbue the atmosphere with their aromas.

This day offers a rare occasion to see all the beautiful handmade textiles the people of Lagartera have kept for decades and in some cases for centuries.