Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Introducing The Winthrop, Blithfield’s new collection

A few weeks ago I received a sneak peek of Blithfield’s new collection, the Winthrop. Minutes later I found myself trying the swatches around my house: cushions, walls, perhaps an upholstered headboard? That could only mean one thing: I loved it.

Following the style of previous collections, Blithfield keeps the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. I find all the patterns and colours so versatile and easy to use in many different styles and schemes.

The Winthrop collection is comprised of eight exciting new designs. Aylesbury and Chauvet are elegant jacquards in sumptuous colours based on antique embroideries. Anoushka, a jewel tone paisley, and Simsbury, a classic floral, are complemented by colourfully textured geometrics, Amesbury, Colby, Compton and Windsor Stripe. The new designs expand on Blithfield’s tradition of beautifully printed and woven fabrics in a distinctive colour palette, inspired by documents from around the world.

Below you can find some of my favourites. I like them all but if I have to choose one, that has to be the pink/blue Anouschka ( which I’m trying to figure out where I can use it!)

Anoushka Fabric. Blithfield
Anoushka – pink/blue

 

Chauvet fabric by Blithfield. Winthrop Collection
Chauvet – Raspberry/Pale Blue/ Gold

 

Amesbury fabric - Blithfield
Amesbury – Green

 

Colby fabric by Blithfield
Colby – Red

 

 

 

 

Blithfield fabrics

For more nformation visit http://www.blithfield.co.uk

Images: Blithfield

Zaida Sabatés: The Power of Faux

Even if you look very closely you will find it very hard to see that Zaida Sabatés immaculate marble, brass or tortoiseshell is faux.

Based in Barcelona, this decorative painter uses traditional techniques to achieve results that are nearly as good as the real thing.

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting, Faux Tortoiseshell

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting

Without forgetting the past and tradition, Sabatés looks at the present adapting classical decorative painting to current trends. In her portfolio you can find decoration for public and private spaces, old stucco recovering, painting and restoring furniture or the creation of scenographies for cinema, theatre or events.

Zabatés believes that decorative painting can be as classic or as contemporary as one wants and couldn’t agree more with her.

Zaida Sabatés, Faux marble bust

Zaida Sabatés, decorative painter

Zaida Sabatés, decorative painting, faux metal

Zaida Sabatés, Decorative Painting

 

Images: Zaida Sabatés

August favourites

With the rentrée just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to start a new section on the Blog.  ‘Gloria’s favourites’ is all about the things I’m coveting at the moment, my latest discoveries and the new items on my never ending wishlist. Here are this month’s picks, I hope you liket it!

1. Pigment – a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world’s finest yachts. I’m particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

Pigment - a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world's finest yachts. I'm particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

Pigment - a French manufacturer of bespoke insulated coverings for thermal storage articles. They are also leather specialist for the interior decoration of the world's finest yachts. I'm particularly obsessed with the rattan collection!

2. The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B. A limited edition of handmade tabletop using old world techniques to create a mix and match tabletop, combining linens, dinnerware crystal and silver. All made in Italy. Available to preorder on Moda Operandi

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

The Quattro Mani tabletop collection by Julia B

3. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Home CollectionThea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton wanted to evoke a “retro-vintage vibe” with Preen Home debut collection “Almost, says Thornton, “like visiting your grandmother’s home [with] all these amazing chintzy florals that all clash and don’t go”Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Home Collection

4. The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa – under  the direction of Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga Museum presents to the public a careful selection of garments and documents that offers a different perspective of Balenciaga’s Haute Couture, through the personal filter of this extraordinary lady’s taste and way of life.

 The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa -

 The Rachel L. Mellon Collection Exhibition at Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa -

 

5. Alberto Pinto’s Collection at Christie’s – Fans of Alberto Pinto’s legendary table settings will be able to snag up everything from plates to napkins and dessert forks at a sale of his personal collection to be held at Christie’s Paris on September. Other items in Pinto’s apartment, including a Manolo Valdés sculpture or a console table and pedestal table by Claude Lalanne, will be among the star lots at the auction. 

 

Alberto Pinto's collection at Christie's