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Inspiring Interiors

In the mood for yellow

This weekend I’ve realised that lately, I’ve been saving many images of interiors with yellow on them, from mustards to powdery pastels, from classic country homes to contemporary city apartments, they all seem to have an instant uplifting effect on me. But I’m also aware that many people are afraid to use it at home- it’s not an easy colour to get right! That’s why  I’ve rounded up in this blog post some of my favourite interiors that I hope inspire you to use this wonderful colour more often: whether if you opt for a pop of yellow on a lampshade or you want to make a bold statement with a  room a la Colefax and Fowler.

Charlotte and Alexander di Carcaci London home. Near and Far by Lisa FineCharlotte and Alexander di Carcaci London home. Featured in Lisa Fine’s book ‘Near and Far’ Miguel Flores Vianna photography.

Herefordshire farmHerefordshire farm feature in House & Garden. Simon Brown photography.

A Parisian home designed by Renzo Mongiardino in the 60s. 'Renzo Mongiardino, A Painterly Vision' Guido Taroni PhotographyA Parisian home designed by Renzo Mongiardino in the 60s. ‘Renzo Mongiardino, A Painterly Vision’ Guido Taroni Photography

Monet's home in Giverny. Gianni Basso photographyMonet’s home in Giverny. Gianni Basso photography.

Divine bathroom at Hotel Locarno in Rome via Ash New York.

Chateau de Morsan. Normandy

salvesen graham bedroom

Salvesen Graham

Evangeline and David Bruce London apartment decorated by John Fowler. Derry Moore photography.

Hannah Cecil Gurney's west London flat

hannac cecil harden london homeHannah Cecil Gurney’s London flat. House & Garden. Simon Upton photography

A kitchen in Edimburgh designed by Susan Deliss. House & Garden. Elsa Young Photography

Colefax & Fowler fabulous Yellow Room photographed by Oberto Gili for American House & Garden, 2005. 

francois halard arles homeFrancois Halard Arles home

Gianmatteo Malchiodi homeGianmatteo Malchiodi Italian home

Jennifer Laskey and Hunter Hall California homeJennifer Laskey and Hunter Hall California home. Apartment Therapy.  Bethany Nauert photography

Gerard Tremolet Normandy HomeElle DecorGerard Tremolet Normandy Home. Elle Decor. Simon Upton PhotographyJulien Devergnies Brussels home

peter pennoyer and katie kincaid home Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder Hudson Valley home. On the walls, Blithfield’s small damask wallpaper and chairs upholstered in ‘Casse -Noisette fabric by Decors Babares

lamp and paper lampshade by Rosi de RuigRosi de Ruig

a Russian bath house by kirill istomin A traditional Russian bath house by Kirill Istomin featured in Elle Decor. Stephan Juliard photography.

The Card Room at Goodwood where the Sevres collection is displayedThe Card Room at Goodwood House where the Sevres collection is displayed. Via James Peill@gooodwood_curator

Bright Yellow on black and white tiles in this kitchen in Merida, Mexico, photographed by @matthieusalvaing for Cabana IssueBright Yellow on black and white tiles in a kitchen in Merida, Mexico, photographed by Matthieu Salvaing for Cabana Magazine

Anna SpiroAnna Spiro

Daffodils at Chelsea Flower ShowDaffodils at Chelsea Flower Show via Alexander Hoyle

Claydon HouseClaydon House

KRB store in NY KRB store in NYThe colourful KRB store in New York

The timeless interiors of Calderon Bilbao

I’ve been a big fan of Spanish interior design studio Calderon Bilbao since I discovered their work a few years ago. Somehow I realised I never shared their work on my blog and thought it would be a great way to say a farewell to summer. Based in Bilbao, this talented design duo founded by sisters Ana and Cristina Calderon, has been creating beautiful interiors nationally and internationally for over 30 years.

Most of the images I share in this post are in Andalucia, southern Spain. Calderon Bilbao was also in charge of the bedrooms of one of my favourite hotels Finca Cortesin. I love the attention to detail of all these interiors and the way Ana and Cristina use fabrics, colour and pattern in a very soothing way. I’m sure you will become a fan too after seeing these chic, relaxed and ‘made for living’ homes.

Images: Calderon Bilbao

Calderon Bilbao also has a beautiful store in Bilbao ‘La Trastienda’ 

Landa, a hotel like no other

Located on the outskirts of the city of Burgos, the provincial capital of Castilla y León in the north of Spain, Landa can be identified by its medieval tower. Its history began in 1964, when the Landa family, creator of the Real Club Puerta de Hierro, in Madrid, and La Perla, in San Sebastián, thought of transferring stone-by-stone a 14th-century tower that they found in a nearby town. Mrs. Landa really was the architect of this beautiful Gothic-style Palace, emulating her parents and grandparents, a family that had been in hospitality since the early twentieth century. At the beginning Landa was restaurant, then a humble little hotel, later an evening dining room and with the construction of the tower, the palace was shaped. This tower, centerpiece of the compound. has a main staircase that connects to the rooms, decorated by renown Spanish architect Pascua Ortega.

Landa started as a restaurant and this restaurant is still a mandatory pit stop for travellers going from Madrid to the North and viceversa.

But what makes this place so special? I would say its simple luxury and classic old-school service…but Landa is that, and much more.

Images: Landa

For more information visit http://www.landa.as