Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Discovering Bermuda (Part I)

http://fonmay.es/?tyurr=conocer-mujeres-en-fort-lauderdale&f46=54 Do you know when you come back from a Holiday and you can’t stop talking about the wonders of the place you’ve just visited? Well, this is happening to me at the moment with Bermuda so I thought that writing a blog post (actually two) about the wonders of this charming island was a necessity.

follow link Gotham magazine editor-in-chief, Sarah Bray, alongside with Bermuda Tourism Authority organized a tailor-made Home and Garden Design Weekend for a small group of bloggers, interior designers and editors which I was honoured to be part of.

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inner at Rosewood  Beach Club with a stunning table curated by Aerin Lauder to celebrate the launch of AERIN's amenity line for Rosewood Bermuda. 'Coral Palm'  is the first-ever amenity line by AERIN and it features six luxurious bath and body products. The balmy, tropical blend is inspired by sunny days, indigo nights the bright blue sea,  and glorious coral sunsets which perfectly expresses Rosewood's A Sense of Place

Dinner at Rosewood  Beach Club with a stunning table curated by Aerin Lauder to celebrate the launch of AERIN‘s amenity line for Rosewood Bermuda. ‘Coral Palm’  is the first-ever amenity line by AERIN and it features six luxurious bath and body products. The balmy, tropical blend is inspired by sunny days, indigo nights the bright blue sea,  and glorious coral sunsets which perfectly expresses Rosewood’s A Sense of Place.

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Rosewood Bermuda will also introduce the AERIN fragance bar, a dedicated 24-hour Fragrance Bar featuring the complete collection of AERIN fragrances. Through this unique amenity, guests can borrow from a selection of AERIN fragrances, eliminating the hassle of packing yet another liquid.  From the moment they check in, guests can ring the Fragrance Bar at any time, and a butler will appear at their door, carrying a silver tray with AERIN’s luxurious fragrances for guests’ use.  After selecting the fragrance of their choice, guests will mist themselves and the Fragrance Butler will disappear with the tray until he or she is rung again. (How fabulous is this?!)Rosewood Bermuda will also introduce the AERIN fragance bar, a dedicated 24-hour Fragrance Bar featuring the complete collection of AERIN fragrances. Through this unique amenity, guests can borrow from a selection of AERIN fragrances, eliminating the hassle of packing yet another liquid.  From the moment they check in, guests can ring the Fragrance Bar at any time, and a butler will appear at their door, carrying a silver tray with AERIN’s luxurious fragrances for guests’ use.  (How fabulous is this?!)

 

Cultural Ambassador and local personality Kristin White gave us a fun and super interesting bike tour in the historic town of St. George’s

St George's , Bermuda

 

I loved visiting Ocean Sails workshop and the owner’s home (so special and unique!)

Ocean Sails, Bermuda
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Next stop was The  Bermuda Perfumery. This charming company has been offering exclusive fragrances made from the island’s flowers since 1928. All the fragrances are made on-site at the historic Stewart Hall. Owner and perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone has created around two-dozen scents for men and women, like Coral from freesia, rose, ginger and clementine, that can’t be found anywhere else (only available on Bermuda or through the website)

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We finished the day with a magical dinner at a traditional Bermuda home called ‘Old Walls’, an old farmhouse built in the late 1700s located in Paget. The farmland was terraced and the gardens created some forty years ago. The two-acre property has a significant lime kiln, fish ponds, a folly and a slat house. I really enjoyed meeting the owners and it was so kind of them to open the doors for us. From the stunning table to the locally sourced products for the menu – everything was carefully designed by Selange Gitschner and Matthew Strong from get link Dasfete

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To be continued…

Images: Gloria González

The multi-purpose dining room

Comfort is the essential element of a successful interior and the hallmark of the Parish-Hadley style. In the book Sister Parish Design – On Decorating, Libby Cameron, Sister’s last protégé, and Susan B.Carter, Sister’s granddaughter, explore this aspect and much more in a series of conversations with leading decorators.

I find this book not only a very entertaining read but also very useful, with a lot of tips and valuable information for any decorator or interior design aficionado. The first chapter analyzes the rooms of a home. It’s very interesting to see that the part dedicated to the dining room is cleverly called ‘The underused dining room’. It’s a fact that the dining room is probably the least used room in a home (if you’re lucky enough to have one, of course!) That’s why more and more often we see library/dining rooms, dining rooms/studies or dining rooms located in unexpected places like a hallway.

Below I’m sharing some advice from the earlier mentioned book and great examples that will hopefully help you to create a dining room that is actually used and lived in.

Dining rooms are rooms that sometimes need to double up as another room; libraries and dining rooms are obviously wonderful together   

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Carolina Irving's Paris dining room reveals her vast collection of reference materials, carefully organized for easy inspiration. By day, Carolina employs the space for research and work and in the evening it is home to frequent dinner parties. Jansen oak chairs are upholstered with her own Kandily pattern. Mileu Magazine

Carolina Irving’s Paris dining room reveals her vast collection of reference materials, carefully organized for easy inspiration. By day, Carolina employs the space for research and work and in the evening it is home to frequent dinner parties. Jansen oak chairs are upholstered with her own Kandily pattern. Mileu Magazine

 

Caroline Sieber's dining-room library is crowded with the monographs that Caroline drew on for inspiration to design her London home —Jacques Grange, Elsie de Wolfe, and Madeleine Castaing among them. A panel of Braquenie's Tree of Life hangs on the window. Vogue UK. Oberto Gili photography

Caroline Sieber’s dining-room library is crowded with the monographs that Caroline drew on for inspiration to design her London home —Jacques Grange, Elsie de Wolfe, and Madeleine Castaing among them. A panel of Braquenie’s Tree of Life hangs on the window. Vogue UK. Oberto Gili photography

 

There is this convention: oh, I have a dining room, so I have to put the table in it. I say, don’t do that. Okay, if you are going to use it as a dining room, fine. But you could make it a library and do something else with the library, if there is one. Just use your house in a way that is useful to you 

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Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer Manhattan apartment

The library-dining room-office in Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer's Park Avenue apartment. 'At 7:15AM  I make my way to my weekday home office—the end of our dining room table. This is a George III mahogany table (ex-Christie’s) with the sole weekend function of hosting dinner parties' Architectural Digest 

The library-dining room-office in Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer’s Park Avenue apartment. ‘At 7:15AM  I make my way to my weekday home office—the end of our dining room table. This is a George III mahogany table (ex-Christie’s) with the sole weekend function of hosting dinner parties’ Architectural Digest 

 

Vermont home by Billy CottonVermont home by Billy Cotton

 

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I love the idea of not having a complete set of dining chairs. Nancy Lancaster did this. She would often have a pair of tall and skinny wing chairs at the head of the table and single chars around it.  (…) Dining rooms can often feel like dead rooms. Quite often people don’t have a nice dining table so I will just make the table out of chipboard and put a floor-length cloth over it and overlay this with another cloth on top for dining. That can look fantastic and the focus will become the chairs around the table. You can paint chairs and cover them in endless different ways      

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Emma Burns designed a delightful and inviting dining room in London using an eclectic mix of furniture, rich colors, charming objects and paintings. The variety of chairs adds to the interest of the room. Illustration by Mita Corsini Bland. 

Emma Burns designed a delightful and inviting dining room in London using an eclectic mix of furniture, rich colors, charming objects and paintings. The variety of chairs adds to the interest of the room. Illustration by Mita Corsini Bland. 

 

I like to encourage people to combine the dining room and make it a room that is used. Perhaps it contains a collection of things – or maybe the best solution is to make it into a library. You can add bookcases and still have your dining table, but there are more ways to use the room. You can have the dining table at one end of the room, and if it’s a living room combination, then you can make the other end more of an area where you gather around       

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A dining room by Albert Hadley. It has a light blue ceiling, a favourite Hadley hue for the upper plane. The American Empire mahogany armoire is topped by a Tibetan gong. Next to them are two works on paper by Connecticut artist Mark Sciarillo, also a metalworker, who made the sculpted bronze base of the living room's coffee table. The vellum lampshade, the Eyelet gold-on-ivory wallpaper, and the chairs are all Hadley's designs. Fernando Bengoechega photography. House Beautiful

A dining room by Albert Hadley. It has a light blue ceiling, a favourite Hadley hue for the upper plane. The American Empire mahogany armoire is topped by a Tibetan gong. Next to them are two works on paper by Connecticut artist Mark Sciarillo, also a metalworker, who made the sculpted bronze base of the living room’s coffee table. The vellum lampshade, the Eyelet gold-on-ivory wallpaper, and the chairs are all Hadley’s designs. Fernando Bengoechega photography. House Beautiful

 

The Manhattan Apartment of Albert Hadley

The Manhattan Apartment of Albert Hadley

 

Albert Hadley's former country house in Tarrytown, New York.

Albert Hadley’s former country house in Tarrytown, New York.

 

At Gateley Hall in Norfolk, owner Vivien Greenock has used her expertise as an interior designer to restore the once neglected eighteenth-century house and decorate it in a quintessential English style. In the entrance hall, which doubles as a dining room, eighteenth-century chairs surround a large circular table and a collection of Delftware is framed by the plasterwork above the chimneypiece. From the July 2014 issue of House & Garden.

At Gateley Hall in Norfolk, owner Vivien Greenock has used her expertise as an interior designer to restore the once neglected eighteenth-century house and decorate it in a quintessential English style. In the entrance hall, which doubles as a dining room, eighteenth-century chairs surround a large circular table and a collection of Delftware is framed by the plasterwork above the chimneypiece. From the July 2014 issue of House & Garden.

 

Argentinian architect Mario Connio has chosen a striking jade green for the walls in the dining room of his Andalucian farmhouse. Family portraits and pictures by Mario's friends are a well considered personal touch. House & Garden

Argentinian architect Mario Connio has chosen a striking jade green for the walls in the dining room of his Andalucian farmhouse. Family portraits and pictures by Mario’s friends are a well considered personal touch. House & Garden

Evangeline and David Bruce’s London dining room at Albany, decorated circa 1970 by Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Photo: John Vere Brown, copyright Colefax & Fowler

Evangeline and David Bruce’s London dining room at Albany, decorated circa 1970 by Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Photo: John Vere Brown, copyright Colefax & Fowler

 

You really have to know a lot about people and how they live. Where do they have dinner? If they don’t entertain, why use the dining room for dinner parties for fourteen people who are never going to show up? Do something else interesting with it

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Faringdon House

On April 12th the eclectic contents of the iconic Faringdon House will be auctioned at Christie’s. The walls (and objects) of this Country House have witnessed Lord Berner’s eccentric parties attended by luminaries like Salvador Dalí, Elsa Schiaparelli, Cecil Beaton, Aldous Huxley or Nancy Mitford.

Lord BernersLord Berners playing the piano at Faringdon, circa 1930s

 

Faringdon house

Faringdon House - Berners indulged in many notable ‘teases’ of Faringdon’s stolid neighbours. These ranged from doves dyed in dainty pastels to the twinkling chandelier in the porch, from dogs wearing pearl collars to an invitation to tea for Moti, Penelope Betjeman’s Arab stallion. It was a summons that came with a request: namely, that the horse ‘sit’ for a Berner portrait in his drawing room.Berners indulged in many notable ‘teases’ of Faringdon’s stolid neighbours. These ranged from doves dyed in dainty pastels to the twinkling chandelier in the porch, from dogs wearing pearl collars to an invitation to tea for Moti, Penelope Betjeman’s Arab stallion. It was a summons that came with a request: namely, that the horse ‘sit’ for a Berner portrait in his drawing room.

 

Faringdon HouseDyed doves are still to be found at the property

 

Easter 1939 at Faringdon. From left: Frederick Ashton, Robert Heber-Percy, Lady Mary Lygon, Constant Lambert, Lord Berners, Prince Vsevolod of RussiaEaster 1939 at Faringdon. From left: Frederick Ashton, Robert Heber-Percy, Lady Mary Lygon, Constant Lambert, Lord Berners, Prince Vsevolod of Russia

 

Fardington House

The paintings and furniture at Faringdon reflect the unique personality and taste of its owner: a composer, writer, painter and life-long eccentric. The diverse collection includes Lord Berners own art as well as pictures and antiques he inherited and much that was acquired during a lifetime spent travelling and working in France, Germany, Italy and Turkey.

Two portraits of Robert Heber Percy, Lord Berners, oil on canvas-boardTwo portraits of Robert Heber Percy, Lord Berners, oil on canvas-board

 

English school, 20th century. A view of the Drawing Room at Faringdon House

English school, 20th century. A view of the Drawing Room at Faringdon House

 

A pair of Bermantofts faience turquoise-glazed shell jardinières, late 19th centuryA pair of Bermantofts faience turquoise-glazed shell jardinières, late 19th century

 

A pair of painted and parcel-gilt hardwood large elephant figures mid 20th Century, the decoration probably later. Faringdon House

A pair of painted and parcel-gilt hardwood large elephant figures mid 20th Century, the decoration probably later.

 

 

George III Giltwood mirror, c.1755 Faringdon House

George III Giltwood mirror, c.1755 

 

In 1950 Lord Berners passed away leaving the house to his longtime partner, Robert Heber-Percy nicknamed  ‘Mad Boy’ for his uninhibited behaviour, which included horse riding naked through the surrounding woods.  While still living with Berners Robert unexpectedly married Jennifer Fry, a lovely, high-spirited socialite whom he brought to live at Faringdon. This strange ménage a trois lasted just two years, until Jennifer departed, taking with her their baby daughter Victoria, to live at her parents’ house in Wiltshire. Faringdon’s current owner is Victoria’s daughter, Softka Zinovieff. She inherited her grandfather home when she was just 25. Since 2013, Softka and her family have properly been installed in Farindgon. The images below were published by House and Garden in 2016 (Photography by Andrew Montgomery)

(I thought Softka was still the current owner until I saw that the house has been sold by  Savills )

Faringdon House Cecil Beaton's portrait of Lord Berners, the Mad Boy, holding Sofka's mother as a baby, and Jennifer.Cecil Beaton’s portrait of Lord Berners, the Mad Boy, holding Sofka’s mother as a baby, and Jennifer.

 

Faringdon House - the drawing roomThe drawing room. Sofka chose fabrics and wallpapers that are not intended to be period but are similar in essence. 

 

Faringdon House - the music roomSofka’s husband, Vassilis Papadimitriou, reading in the music room.

 

Faringdon HouseVassilis and Sofka dine with her brother Leo and his wife Annabelle at Faringdon.

 

Faringdon House - bathroom

Robert added the en suite bathroom in the Fifties, with its flamboyant pink tub and Rousseau-inspired murals by Roy Hobdell.

 

Faringdon House

Faringdon House Main Bedroom

 

Faringdon House - The Red BedroomThe Red Bedroom

 

Faringdon House - sitting room

The sitting room

 

Faringdon House - Elaborately decorated shelving displays delicate chinaElaborately decorated shelving displays delicate china

 

Faringdon House

Faringdon House

The music room

 

Faringdon folly, a tower that was Lord Berners' tribute to his good looking and wilful companion. It is said that he hung a notice there that read: 'Members of the public committing suicide from this tower do so at their own risk.' Robert gifted the tower, with the surrounding woodland, to the people of FaringdonFaringdon folly, a tower that was Lord Berners’ tribute to his good looking and wilful companion. It is said that he hung a notice there that read: ‘Members of the public committing suicide from this tower do so at their own risk.’ Robert gifted the tower, with the surrounding woodland, to the people of Faringdon

 

Faringdon is a real country house for all its elegance, not one of those pretty old-maidish town houses that sometimes occur in the English countryside, looking sweet but silly, and exhaling an atmosphere of afternoon tea. It is plain and grey and square and solid, and as much a part of the rolling Berkshire landscape before it as of the little old market town of Faringdon, to which it turns its back and which is hidden from view by the parish church and huge clumps of elm trees. Faringdon House has very little in the way of a flower garden, Lord Berners was not fond of flowers growing in beds, and considered that such things as herbaceous borders were more suitable to the half-timbered houses of Surrey stockbrokers than to a classical house, which should be surrounded by a plain expanse of lawn to enhance the perfection of its line. Indoors, his house, as we shall see, was always full of flowers but they were large brilliant tropical flowers in vases, not buttercups, the little children’s dower.

 Faringdon acquired that which every respectable country house must have, a ghost. It also has, equally important, a rookery and a flock of pigeons. And such pigeons! They are Lord Berners’ famous multi-coloured birds, but it is no use asking for a sitting of eggs, for the secret of their brilliant plumage lies less in the breeding than in what used to happen to them every Easter Sunday, when they were dyed and dried in the linen cupboard, before being set free to flutter, like a cloud of confetti, between church and house, to astonish the students of bird-life in Berkshire. This bird motif, repeated over and over again inside the house, is the signature of its late owner, so to speak, who preferred feathered to many other sorts of friends. As with flowers, he rather disdained the modest English sparrow, eschewing it for something gaudier.

I can remember, during all the tedious or frightening but always sleepless nights of fire-watching in wartime London, that the one place I longed to be in most intensely was the red bedroom at Faringdon, with its crackling fire, its Bessarabian carpet of bunchy flowers, and above all, its four-post bed, whence, from beneath a huge fat fluffy old fashioned quilt one could gaze out at the view, head still on pillow.

Faringdon was solid and elegant and so was Lord Berners. So great was his sense of elegance, fantasy and humour that the solid quality of his talents, and above all the immense amount of hard work he did all his life, are sometimes overlooked, though a moment’s reflection would show that without great talent and hard work he could not, as he did, write and paint like a professional, in addition to shining as a composer of music. Stravinsky himself said that at one time the only important living English composer was Lord Berners. But one of the greatest of his achievements was the atmosphere he created around himself at Faringdon, a house where the second best was never tolerated, either in comfort, conversation or in manners.

These fragments were written by Nancy Mitford in 1950 as ‘ a tribute to an artist, musician, wit and kindly host’ You can read the full article here