Hidden in Cazalla de la Sierra (Sevilla) sits what I consider one of the most special interiors in Spain. What used to be a convent is now a remarkable ‘Casa Rural’ (an upmarket Bed&Breakfast in Spanish terms) But to describe it just as a B&B wouldn’t be fair. It’s current owner, Manuel Morales Jódar refers to it as a home that opens its doors to guests who want to admire and experience the beauty and history of such a unique place.
El Palacio de San Benito was owned by Mr Morales’s family but in the 60’s it was sold by his grandmother. As a homage to his family and region, Manuel Morales de Jódar acquired the property in 1997 and together with Carlos Marañón they began the restoration and new construction of the property.
The many years of abandon and the different uses this building had, made this recovery difficult and costly. Elements of the family palace, which had been demolished years before, supplied materials to the newly-built annex, resulting in a balance between the new and the old, where original elements from different eras make up the history of a new building, The comfort and the highest technology of the 21st century joins with history and traditional craftsmanship.
To mark the launch of its inaugural fabric collection, interior lifestyle brand CLJ Home has taken over Salvesen Graham’s showroom in the most beautiful way. Pretty fabrics with chic patterns, a soothing palette and carefully chosen accessories have created a fresh, timeless and fun space that brings the sunshine even on the cloudiest London day.
CLJ Home has its origins in South Africa where the CLJ Home founder – Charlotte Lawson Johnston – was born. She has vivid memories of her mother creating beautiful memories on a shoestring. Charlotte studied at the New York School of Interior Design and then textiles at Central Saint Martins in London. After working for some of England’s leading interior designers, she then held an apprenticeship at a London based textile and wallpaper printing factory. It was here that she gained hands-on experience printing on the factory floor and where she would eventually go on to print her first collection for CLJ Home.