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
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.
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
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.
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!)
Images: Serena Eller for Condé Nast Traveller
For more information visit http://www.villavalguarnera.com
Researching about the Spanish Royal Palace of Riofrio (a place that I love and you should definitely visit when in Segovia) I stumbled across another place with the same name but in Setubal, Portugal. I instantly fell in love with the stunning blue and white tiles so I did some investigation about the place.
This manor house (now open as Bed and Breakfast) was built at the beginning of the 20th century and at the time the Herdade de Rio Frio was one of the biggest estates in the country mainly producing wine. The tiles in the house depict rural communities at work, in particular, the wine harvest.
The beautiful azulejos were painted by renowned tile artist Jorge Colaço, (1848-1942) His work can also be seen at the Palace Hotel of Bussaco, the Sao Bento railway station in Porto and even at Windsor Palace in England.
Hotel Palacio de Bussaco
Sao Bento Station
I hope you have enjoyed my first little discovery of the year!
Photo Credits: Palacio de Riofrio – Booking.com | Hotel Palacio de Bussaco – Luxury Dreams Hotels | Sao Bento Station – https://www.instagram.com/bmseventh/