Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Inspiring Interiors

Carlos Garcia x Cheffins

This week I sat with interior designer Carlos Garcia to learn more about his collaboration with Cheffins. He has worked his magic curating a fabulous room for the Cambridge based Auctioneers with items from their Fine Arts Sale. Discover all the details of this clever collab on today’s blog post.

Dear Carlos, how this collaboration with Cheffins come to be?

I was approached by Cheffins in Cambridge, one of the country’s leading firms of independent Auctioneers and Valuers to curate a room with items from their Fine Arts and 20th Century Art sale.

Having at your disposal a wonderful array of antiques as well as a fantastic collection of 20th-century British art was no doubt enticing enough. The objective however was, not only to produce a beautiful room set, but to look homely, approachable, accessible and to encourage and inspire people to use auction houses to buy antiques. Hence why the proposal of using one of the rooms in my own country house seemed perfectly suitable.

Can you tell us a little bit about the process of designing the room?

Comfort is at the very heart of everything I design and I was determined to convey this when curating this room: To make the room inviting, to strike a balance between formality and comfort. This was to be a room, not a set.

Another important factor in my design is to give rooms a “settled status”: I like rooms to ‘belong’ to the building they are in, almost as if they always were there. I tend to achieve this by carefully mixing antiques from different periods and styles and by introducing antique and vintage textiles to live comfortably with new fabrics. It is what I call “generational layering”.

This is also applicable to the artwork used in the room, a mix of beautiful antique pieces and wonderful 20th-century British art by Edward Bawden, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Adrian Heath and Robert MacBryde amongst others.

Cushions and Lampshades are all by Susan Deliss: antique suzani cushions as well as those made from fabrics from her own collection. The beautiful block printed and ikat lampshades were produced exclusively for the room.

I chose Christopher Horwood, who has previously captured my country house as well as other projects to photograph the room. Christopher has over 10 years of experience working with renowned interior designers.

The pieces on the room will be available on Cheffins Fine Art Sale on the 6th and 7th of March.

Read my conversation with Carlos Garcia here.

Chalet Chic

Although first signs of Spring seem to be appearing, I can’t help myself but extend the winter feel a bit more and share some of my favourite alpine retreats.

Marella Agnelli's  Chesa Alycon, in St. Moritz. Dining room with Gustav Klimt's Schloss Kammer Am Attersee (1910) and unvarnished wood chairs from the Werner Werkstatte. Design by Renzo Mongiardino. Photo by Oberto Gili

Marella Agnelli’s  Chesa Alycon, in St. Moritz. Dining room with Gustav Klimt’s Schloss Kammer Am Attersee (1910) and unvarnished wood chairs from the Werner Werkstatte. Design by Renzo Mongiardino. Photo by Oberto Gili

A chalet in Switzerland by Todhunter Earle

A chalet in Switzerland by Todhunter Earle. You can read my interview with Emily Todhunter here

An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography. An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography. An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography. An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography.

An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography.

An Alpine Chalet designed by Tino Zervudachi. House and Garden. Michael Sinclair Photography.

This chic editorial in Vanity Fair Spain would match perfectly the interiors in this post. The styling is by Beatriz Moreno de la Cova, ( my favourite stylist!). Gonzalo Machado Photography.

Valentino’s  Chalet Gifferhorn in Gstaad decorated with the help of Renzo Mongiardino

Cabana has to be one of the chicest stores in St Moritz. Its owner, Helen White, has curated an impeccable tabletop selection with unique handcrafted pieces. (Once the ski season is off you can find her in her other- equally stylish- location, Capri)

A home in St Moritz by Studio Peregalli. Architectural Digest, Oberto Gili photography.

A living room in Gstaad by Vivien Greenock

Chalet de Ferrieres of Baron and Baroness de Rothschild decorated by Francois Catroux. Horst P. Horst

Klosters Chalet by Nicky Haslam . World of Interiors. 

A home in Gstaad by Jaime Parlade

Villa Valguarnera part II

It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote a blog post about Villa Valguarnera. I remember back then, I was trying to research online about this magical place in Sicily and I couldn’t find much information or photos apart from an article in Spanish magazine Telva. I recently stumbled across a great feature about Villa Valguarnera in Condé Nast Traveler and I thought it was only fair to share more images of this magnificent home.

Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca, owner of Villa Valguarnera, in Sicily The current owner of Villa Valguarnera, Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca (a title bestowed on her family in 1609 by the King of Spain.)

The Piano Nobile of the Villa is available to rent, although Vittoria allows guests to use the entire house (except her bedroom and study) and the gardens ( this is all I could wish for a dreamy Italian stay!)

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For more information visit http://www.villavalguarnera.com