Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Inspiring Interiors

Finca Pascualete

Aline Griffith was born in New York in 1923. She was working as a model in Manhattan when she was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services and sent to Spain to work as a spy. It was in Madrid that she met Luis de Figueroa y Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno, the count of Quintanilla and later of Romanones. He was heir to one of Spain’s largest fortunes and a grandson of a former foreign minister. They married in 1947 and had 3 children.

The Countess of Romanones quickly was part of the aristocratic elite and became known for her lavish house parties, attended by many world leaders and celebrities, including Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Duchess of Alba, the Duchess of Windsor, Baron Guy de Rothschild, Salvador Dalí, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly, among many others. Her homes in Madrid, Marbella, New York and Caceres were as stylish as was her life.

Cayetana, Duchess of Alba, dancing flamenco at Countess of Romanones's Madrid residence. Aline was hosting a party for her friend Wallis,  Duchess of Windsor.Cayetana, Duchess of Alba, dancing flamenco at Countess of Romanones’s Madrid residence. Aline was hosting a party for her friend Wallis,  Duchess of Windsor.

Aline, Countess of Romanones. Finca de Pascualete

Aline Griffith in Finca Pascualete,  c. 1960

If I have to choose a favourite home of hers that has to be Pascualete,  the country state in the Spanish rural province of Caceres. This Finca had belonged to her husband’s family since 1232.She visited Pascualete for the first time in 1950 and insisted on giving life back to this, then abandoned,  farm.  Its rich history and unique ecosystem caught the Countess attention

‘I had the great fortune of discovering Extremadura in the 50s, what I saw then must have been very similar to medieval Europe. The time had stood still. There were thatched huts where the families lived around the fire; all of them dedicated their lives to farming and their work was carried out as it was centuries ago. They used to plowed the field  with yokes, the houses were heated with braziers and fireplaces … I remember the high straw mattresses. And the elegance of the people, who dressed in the traditional way with blouses and hats during the week, and black suits with precious handmade embroideries, on Sundays’

In a short period of time, they installed electric power system, built a landing strip and even created a carpet factory bringing weavers from the Alpujarras (Andalucia) to teach them the technique. However, it was never their intention to make Finca Pasculate a  pretentious home.  “It had always been a country property and that guided my steps when it came to restoring it,” the Countess said. And she succeeded.  From the hunting pavilion to the patio through the 16 rooms, every corner gives off a proper Spanish country style. She dedicated her life to preserving Pascualete’s culture and tradition passed down throughout centuries.

‘We renovated the house with the help of Duarte Pinto Coelho. We bought furniture from antique stores in Toledo, Córdoba and Salamanca, and everything we found was thanks to my husband’s good taste, because I was a disaster’ 

The Countess of Romanones not only gave life back to the interiors but also to the farm. Nowadays, Aline’s son Juan de Figueroa Sayn-Wittgenstein and grandson Luis de Figeroa manage the family business and the products that Aline and her husband shared with guests and friends for years, are now enjoyed around the world – Their award-winning cheeses are a must!

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones. Finca PascualeteFuera de Serie, 2012

 

Aline , countess of RomanonesThe Countess speaking with the harvesters

 

Aline Countess of Romanones. Finca Pascualete

Finca Pascualete. World of Interiors

 

Finca Pascualete Countess of Romanones country home in Extremadura.  Henry Clarke for  Vogue. March 15, 1968 Henry Clarke for  Vogue. March 15, 1968

 

Finca Pascualete. Countess of Romanones country home in Extremadura

Finca Pascualete. Countess of Romanones country home in Extremadura                                                                         Fuera de Serie, 2012

 

Finca Pascualete. Countess of Romanones country home in Extremadura

Finca Pascualete. Countess of Romanones with her family at their country home in ExtremaduraThe Count and Countess of Romanones with their three children

 

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones Aline Griffith, Countess of RomanonesVogue España 2010

 

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones,  with her grandson  Juan Figueroa at Finca Pasculate Fuera de Serie,2012Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones,  with her grandson  Juan Figueroa at Finca Pasculate Fuera de Serie,2012

Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones

 

The following three images are from her pattern-filled  NYC apartment

Countess of Romanones's NYC apartment

Countess of Romanones's NYC apartment

Countess of Romanones's NYC apartmentArchitectural Digest via The Devoted Classicist blog 

 

Countess of Romanones in her Madrid Flat

Countess of Romanones in her Madrid FlatAt her home office in Madrid in the 60s (1st image) and 70s (2nd image)

 

Countess of Romanones in her Madrid residence

Countess of Romanones in her Madrid residenceAt home in Madrid. S Moda 2011

Attico + Mongiardino : a match made in heaven

As my mind is already dreaming of summer, yesterday I remembered how good the Attico SS18 presentation was. Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio cleverly chose a Mongiardino-designed Milanese apartment to showcase the collection. The luxe maximalist feel of the clothes paired with the characteristic Mongiardino ‘all over pattern’ style was a match made in heaven.

Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment.

Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment. Attico SS18 . The collection was showcased in a Renzo Mongiardino-designed Apartment.

Images: Attico via Vogue

Tory Burch: a new take on the past

On today’s blog post I’m analyzing some of Tory Burch’s decorating inspirations.

 H U B E R T   D E  G I V E N C H Y 

Tory Burch’s green velvet sofa is a clear homage to Hubert de Givenchy’s sofa in his 18th-century Parisian townhouse.

Tory Burch NYC Apartment. The sofa was designed as an homage to Hubert de Givenchy. Daniel Romualdez design

Hubert de Givenchy in his 18th-century Parisian townhouse at rue de Grenelle
Hubert de Givenchy in his 18th-century Parisian townhouse at rue de Grenelle

 

Not only the sofa, but Givenchy’s green velvet walls seem to be another inspiration for Tory’s own home.

Tory Burch New York Apartment. François Hallard photography
Tory Burch New York Apartment. François Hallard photography
Hubert de Givenchy's Parisian salon.
Hubert de Givenchy’s Parisian salon. WSJ. Francis Hammond photography

 

Georges Geffrey
And the room by Georges Geffrey that probably inspired them all.

 

The stunning  Diego Giacometti table  (created c.1976 for the decorator Henri Samuel) looks wonderful in both, Tory Burch’s Southampton home and Hubert de Givenchy’s La Jonchet. The one at La Jonchet was sold by Christie’s last March for 3,770,500 €. I’ve been wondering if Tory Burch was the buyer

Tory Burch's Southampton home.
Tory Burch’s Southampton home. Oberto Gilli photography. AD
Hubert de Givenchy's la Jonchet,
La Jonchet. Christie’s

 

L E E   R A D Z I W I L L 

Lee Radziwill’s former NYC bedroom is a clear influence for Tory Burch’s Southampton bedroom.

Tory Burch's Southampton home. AD September 2017. Oberto Gili photography.

Tory Burch's Southampton home

Tory Burch’s Southampton home. AD September 2017. Oberto Gili photography.

 

Lee Radziwill's former New York Apartment. AD August 1975
Lee Radziwill’s former New York Apartment. AD August 1975

 

 B I L L Y   B A L D W I N 

In Burch’s ‘Blue Room’, sofas and walls are covered in Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse fabric. Billy Baldwin created this design in the 60s inspired by Matisse’s work.

Tory Burch's 'Blue Room' covered in Arbre de Matisse fabric by Quadrille
Noa Griffel photography. Tory Daily.

 

Woodson Taulbee's Manhattan apartment designed by Billy Baldwin. Baldwin created this patterned textile to match his client's Matisse, above
Woodson Taulbee’s Manhattan apartment designed by Billy Baldwin. Baldwin created this patterned textile to match his client’s Matisse, above

 

 

The inspiration for the use of overscale animal paintings in Tory’s home might have also been inspired by Billy Baldwin’s NY apartment.

Billy Baldwin's NY apartment
Billy Baldwin’s NY apartment

 

 

D A V I D   H I C K S

David Hicks has been a longtime inspiration for Tory Burch. Hicks fearless love of colour and geometry have not only influenced the Tory Burch’s stores interiors but the logo, too. He also has inspired one of Burch’s latest catwalk collections.

David Hicks on decoration - with fabrics

Tory Burch's logo

Tory Burch's SoHo Store in 2008. The New York Times
Tory Burch’s SoHo Store in 2008. The New York Times

 

David Hicks
Interior by David Hicks

 

Tory Burch Milan store
Tory Burch Milan store. WWD 2012.

 

B U N N Y   M E L L O N 

As for many Americans, Tory Burch’s love for topiaries seems to have been inspired by the late style-setter and philanthropist Bunny Mellon.

 

Bunny Mellon in May 1982. She cultivated miniature topiaries, grown from rosemary, myrtlr, thyme and santolina setting off a National Trend. Fred Conran Photography. New York Times.
Mellon in May 1982. She cultivated miniature topiaries, grown from rosemary, myrtlr, thyme and santolina setting off a National Trend. Fred Conran Photography. New York Times.

 

Tory Burch in her Southampton home. Topiary galore
Tory Burch in her Southampton home. Oberto Gilli photography. AD

 

Topiaries are present in Tory's homes, stores and offices. Here are shown with Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Dinnerware.
Topiaries are present in Tory’s homes, stores and offices. Here are shown with Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Dinnerware.

 

Tory Burch's NY office
Tory Burch’s NY office. AD

 

Tory Burch's dining room in her Southampton home. Iksel decorative arts on the walls
Burch’s dining room in her Southampton home. Oberto Gilli photography. AD