Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Palácio de Rio Frio (Portugal)

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.

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria GonzalezThis 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

Hotel Palacio de Bussaco

Hotel Palacio de Bussaco

Sao Bento Station, Porto

Sao Bento Station

I hope you have enjoyed my first little discovery of the year!

Photo Credits: Palacio de Riofrio – | Hotel Palacio de Bussaco – Luxury Dreams Hotels | Sao Bento Station –

Decorating with Intaglios

Intaglios were intended to preserve the arts and culture of ancient times, which had been lost throughout the centuries. Images were carved into stones and used to impress into wax seals. These carvings depict portraiture, renowned architecture, and celebrated scenes from ancient Rome and Greek mythology. In the 19th century, reliefs of these carvings were being reproduced in plaster form and became collectables

Plaster intaglios became to be used as mementoes for the Grand Tour travellers. these small carvings were collected during their travels. They would mount the intaglios into books and then make notes corresponding to each one as to his adventure that resulted in his buying or obtaining that stamp. By the end of the trip a traveller would have books filled with intaglios and notes that would last a lifetime.

Original set of  Grand Tour plaster intaglios, ‘Opere di Gibson’ circa 1830. The set is housed in a double-sided box designed as a book with half marbled boards with gilt lettered vellum spine, speckled ‘page edge’. Inside the front and back cover is a handwritten key describing the images on each of the cameos. 1stdibs


I find framed Intaglios a  highly effective way to decorate walls and they seem to always work well with both contemporary and traditional homes. Old or new, white or coloured, a simple framing or a playful one. Whatever is your choice, here are a few ideas on how to make the most of your collection.

As a lover of classical architecture and art,  there’s no surprise that Alexa Hampton often decorates with Intaglios. She makes them look uber chic in both her own bedroom and her guest bedroom.


The framed intaglios compliment beautifully the wallpaper pattern in this bedroom designed by Todd Richesin


It’s all about the contrast in this elegant space designed by Katie Ridder. The framed intaglios are from KRB. House Beautiful


From Intaglio-filled lamps to decoupage trays, Bridie Hall loves intaglios and she uses them in the most clever way.


If you’re are looking for unique framed intaglios, Parvum Opus is the place to go. The main designer and creative mind, Erika Stafanitti, also shares her ever-growing collection on Instagram – a must follow account for any Intaglio-Bindery lover.


Must visit London pop-up stores

Wicklewood 123 Sydney Street, SW3, 19th-29th Nov. 10am-7pm.

Remember the amazing pop-up that Wicklewood did last Summer? Well, get ready for more pattern, colour, irresistible gifts and new arrivals at their Winter Shop. Throughout the pop-up, they’ll be also welcoming leaders of design into The Revolving Room to transform the space using their own signature style. Each designer will makeover and take over the room, using their favourite pieces from Wicklewood and their partner brands: BlithfieldPookyPartnership Editions and Arlo & Jacob

Matilda Goad 297 Westbourne Grove W11, 7th-18th November. 10 am-7pm 

Decorated in a palette of handpicked hues from Farrow & Ball’s new colour collection, Matilda Goad’s pop up store will offer her covetable homeware collection – including her iconic scallop lampshades, glazed jugs, ribbed beeswax candles and tole planters – amongst an eclectic mix of antiques and other treasures sourced by Matilda. It will also unveil brand-new Matilda Goad products including richly coloured table lamps and a tabletop collection as well as Matilda Goad x TART London Christmas crackers.

Cabana Magazine  Burlington Arcade, Unit 68-69,  51 Piccadilly, W1 From Nov 7th until Christmas. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

Cabana has brought its exquisite maximalism to one of London most iconic shopping destinations: Burlington Arcade. A selection of handcrafted and one-of-a-kind tableware (including the new collection of Carolina Irving and daughters), home accessories, antiques and many other desirable things.

Salvesen Graham 364 Old York Road, SW18, 15th November, 10am-8pm  

This pop-up brings together a carefully curated selection of gift ideas of things that this design dynamic design duo love. The shop will be packed full of wonderful pieces including fabulous accessories for the home sourced or designed by them (including their new cushion designs) as well as a cast of design-makers, including Edit58, Punica and ERA Calligraphy, renowned for their unique gift ideas.

Salvesen Graham Pop Up

The Mews 340 Kings Road, 20-25th Nov. Tues-Fri 10am-6pm Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet The Mews’s founder, Annabel Haan.  She distributes fabrics, quilts, table linens and accessories from one of my favourite Australian interiors shop, Pigotts Store as well Alice Peto gorgeous fine English china. Grandy Art will be also part of the pop up with an exhibition of Emerging British Artists.

Morpho and Luna 123 Sydney Street, SW3, 12th-14th Nov, 10am-6pm

For three days this fabulous luxury brand will be having a special Christmas shopping event with exclusive discounts up to 50%  on selected items. Morpho and Luna refined, exquisitely crafted nightwear and pyjamas are made in Italy using only the highest quality materials.