Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Discovering Bermuda (Part II)

One of the great discoveries of this trip was the Agricultural Exhibition. The Ag show, as locals call it, is a sweet annual event held each April at the Botanical Gardens. Over three days, the show combines the best of Bermuda’s agricultural, food, culture, equestrian and live entertainment. I loved to see how everybody – from children to adults – were so excited to see the winners in each category. It’s a true celebration of the flora, fauna and culture of Bermuda and it gave me a great insight into this enchanting island.

 

I also found the visit to the Masterworks Museum very interesting. At the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, you can experience Bermuda as seen through the eyes of artists like Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Jack Bush and Albert Gleizes among many others. Many of the paintings in the Bermudiana Collection are landscapes of this beautiful island paradise, and others reflect the unique warmth of Bermuda’s people and cultural heritage.

 

A highlight of the trip was lunch at Coral Beach and Tennis Club. This Club is one of the most charming places I’ve ever visited. It feels like stepping into a Slim Aarons photo. All the fab details one would expect from an Old School Island club – Coral Beach Club has them all!

Again, Dasfete arranged a table that left us all in awe, and yet again, the menu was exquisite.

We (tried) to play croquet although some of us were more interested in the cute pink house at the end of the lawn. The person who had it rented saw our interest and was kind enough to let us peek in! It couldn’t be any more perfect…

 

The great art collection at the Hamilton Princess hotel is a must see. Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Ai Weiwei…museum worthy!

 

We also had time to sail on the classic sailboat ‘Calabash’.

 

For our last dinner, Sarah Bray prepared the most beautiful table at The Loren hotel. I was so happy to see the hand embroidered napkins by my talented friend Mariana Barran Goodall from Hibiscus Linens (every napkin had a different flower from Bermuda!). It looked so beautiful against the Indian block print tablecloth and with the sea as a backdrop, I couldn’t imagine a better ending for this fantastic trip.

Images: Gloria González

Discovering Bermuda (Part I)

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.

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.

We stayed at the luxurious Rosewood Bermuda in Tuckers Point.  This exclusive resort has recently reopened after an extensive renovation and it couldn’t look any better – Island chic at its very best!

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Bermuda

Beach Club - Rosewood Bermda

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.

Aerin amenities for Rosewood Bermuda

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
ocean sails, bermuda

 

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)

The Perfumery, Bermuda
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The Perfumery, Bermuda

 

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 Dasfete

Dinner at Old Walls, Bermuda
 Old Walls, Bermuda Old Walls, Bermuda Old Walls, Bermuda
Folly - Old Walls, Bermuda
  Folly - Old Walls, Bermuda
Old Walls, Bermuda

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

 

Robin Lucas 

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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