Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Inspiring Interiors

Decorating lessons by Alidad

Browsing the website of the great interior designer Alidad is not only a feast for the eyes but also a fascinating read. Every picture includes a description where he talks about the details, ideas and the reason why he chooses certain elements on his projects. Below are some of my favourite tips from this interior design maestro.

‘In order to design a room that felt restored rather than created from new, there are many historical references including that of the traditional Portuguese tiles, Oriental painting, ’40’s style chandelier, Louis XV chairs and nineteenth-century repousse brass lamps’

 

‘I chose these newly made traditional Portuguese tiles for their perfect tones of aged blue, white and pink, as well as the fresh and lively effect they have on the rest of the scheme’

 

‘I use textiles and pattern in a rich and harmonious mix that draws you in and ultimately gives a room its comfortable appeal. However, if you look closely there are the Alidad plains that create that harmony. I have used a seventeenth-century Flemish tapestry, a late nineteenth-century Suzani as a tablecloth, a red cut-velvet nineteenth-century Italian cushion with another cushion on the green velvet chair that is made from an eighteenth-century needlework’

 

‘Here you can see how the hand-painted portrait of a Sultan has been surmounted by a blue verre eglomise frame that is surrounded by a hand-painted paper that is then edged with a painted and gilded moulding. The nineteenth-century samovar echoes the shape of the Sultan’s framing, and I like the lamps for their scale and simplicity’

 

 

‘Using the right combination of scale, texture and colour is an art critical to creating the layer and levels of comfort so the room appeals to all the senses. Every detail and aspect of the design shown here are originals, from the embroidered headboards to the covers and cushions’

 

‘Building up and ultimately creating the right levels of texture in a room relies on many different techniques that work together. I create rooms where your eye sees and can almost feel the comfort before you touch’

 

 

‘The pullout shoe unit contains a double-rack system in order to store two layers of shoes – I was not prepared to waste even one inch of space as above all, a lady’s dressing room must function according to very specific needs and uses. Numbers of shoes, dresses, coats, gowns, trousers and shirts were all recorded so the dressing room closets accommodated everything precisely to ensure there was the right kind, size and amount of storage’

 

‘This Library displays a true sense of my own taste and the way I see a space. It encompasses everything that is Alidad for it has comfort, warmth, age, essence and history, and ultimately a kind of interiors sex appeal’

 

 

‘This ladies private study was long and narrow, so the idea was not to encroach into the room with a huge desk, but rather have a pull-out desktop from the bookcase cabinet. The hand-painted wallpaper brings in an element of the garden, but it also makes the room feel larger than it is’

 

‘You can be more wildly adventurous in the design of certain areas of the home, such as hallways or cloakrooms because you pass through the spaces rather than live within them. In this cloakroom of striped marble and gold mosaic, I wanted the client to be transported into a different era’

 

 

‘I like to use screens in my rooms as a way of creating drama, often to hang things on. In this London sitting room, the height of the screen adds height to the room’

 

 

Howard Hodgkin. Portrait of the Artist

“I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work,  but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring others things to look at” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017)

Howard Hodgkin life-long passion for collecting started early when as a child he began assembling what would eventually become an extensive and important collection of Indian art. But he didn’t stop there. Over the course of seven decades, his interests widened impressively. A glance at the inventory of the estate he left after his recent death in March 2017 reveals a bewildering diversity. In addition to Indian art, his eclectic taste extended to the wider field of Islamic art: modern British paintings, tapestries, rugs and carpets: sculpture, prints; furniture; antiquities; ceramics and glass: and least, a library, situated under his studio, containing an astonishing array of archives and books.

“He believed in what he called ‘Costume jewellery for the home’: objects with little apparent, practical use that excited the eye in unexpected ways…” Antony Peattie

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin’s London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

400 of this fascinating pieces will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 24 October. See below some of my favourite lots.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century. Howard Hodgkin's collection.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century

 

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

 

 

'Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition' Mughal, early 17th century

‘Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition’ Mughal, early 17th century

 

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

 

 

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

 

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

 

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

 

 

Italian mirror. 18th century

Italian mirror. 18th century

 

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

 

 

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

 

 

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

 

Images: Sotheby’s

Indian Summer

While I can’t complain about the Indian Summer in Madrid (known in Spanish as ‘Veranillo de San Miguel) I must admit that this month some of my favourite Instagram feeds were giving me major envy with their travels to India. The explosion of colours, fabrics and patterns is difficult to beat.

Caution: seeing these images can make you feel an inevitable force to take the next plane to Delhi.

Hand block printing
As Diana Vreeland said  ‘Pink is the navy blue of India’  @mollymahonblockprinting

 

Molly Mahon at the Jaipur flower market wearind Day Dress
Molly Mahon in the Jaipur flower market wearing a dress by Day Dress (a brand every ‘hand block-printed’ lover needs to know!) Read my conversation with Molly here 

 

' If you've run out of time and the blocks aren't ready, pick up a brush'
‘ If you’ve run out of time and the blocks aren’t ready, pick up a brush’ @mollymahonblockprinting

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
The Sujan Rajmahal Palace couldn’t be any more perfect @auntyb_madrid

 

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
Sujan Rajmahal Palace @auntyb_madrid

 

Aunty b Madrid choosing colors in India
Decisions, Decisions… @auntyb_madrid choosing colours

 

India
@auntyb_madrid

 

The Samode Palace
Samode Palace @johnrobshaw

 

Amber Fort
Amber Fort @johnrobshaw