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/
There are so many things I love about this home in Seville: the chinoiserie room, the neoclassical library, the baroque salon, the sculpture courtyard inspired by Sir John Soane London home or the not-so-easy task to make a new building look like has been there forever. But what I love the most about it is the interior designer who created this dreamy abode, Amaro Sanchez de Moya. He’s one of my favourite Spanish interior designers and I was beyond happy to see this home featured on Elle Decor US October issue.
Congratulations Amaro on this beautiful project and a so well deserved international feature and cover!
Images: Elle Decor, Ricardo Labougle photography
The other day I was talking with a friend (more fantasizing really) about which interior designer would we hire to decorate our homes. None of us had a clear name in mind but I must say that after seeing Nina Flohr’s London home, Veere Grenney would be my perfect match. Greeney knows how to find the right balance between modern and traditional, his use of colour and pattern is superb and the spaces he creates always look so chic yet comfortable. As in Grenney own words “It’s not about living grandly or modestly but about achieving harmony, comfort, proportion and a sense of beauty that is right for that person and that place”
Images: Architectural Digest