Saturday, August 9, 2014

I love Sicily

 

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The South of Italy and particularly the island of Sicily, a microcosm of cultures, is close to my heart.  Most of my life I read every book I could, either from masters like Pirandello, Verga, Sciascia, or just for entertainment like the complete series of Camilleri’s detective Montalbano stories.

I love everything Sicilian (but no, not the mafia!) and for me Sicilian food is one of the best in Italy, with its triumph of flavors, colors and references to past dominations.

This classic Sicilian villa built in the 1800’s  and left vacant for 40 years, with all the original furnishing  covered with white drapes, was recently restored for new owners  by architect Corrado Papa, with great attention to its history and soul.

 

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It sits in a gorgeous garden full of Mediterranean and Tropical plants in Noto, a pre-Roman town renown for its Baroque palaces and churches which were declared a Unesco World Heritage in 2002.

 

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A view of the Loggia inspires dreams of early morning breakfasts or drinks at sunset.

 

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The double staircase which often we can see also on the exterior of Sicilian palaces in this case brings upstairs to the magnificent dining room.

 

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Golden custom wallpaper and antique chairs and table make this dining room in the typical style of  1800 aristocratic Sicilian interiors.

 

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One of the bathrooms is now located in the old kitchen, where we can still see the big water reservoir and the copper pots where water was heated.

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The magnificent trompe l’oeil in the living room has banana trees, agave, jasmine, palms…and luxurious painted draperies inspired by Luchino Visconti timeless masterpiece movie  Il Gattopardo from the superb book by Tomasi di Lampedusa.

The floor is made of Sicilian ceramic tiles with a border of local white stone.

 

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One of the bedrooms with, like in other rooms, custom made wallpaper from France and furniture original from the time the villa was built for the previous owners.

 

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A small chapel was created in another building on the same property.

 

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Amongst olive trees and palms even the pool was carefully designed not to be intrusive in the landscape. No bold blue or turquoise here, but a restrained neutral color for the inside of the pool.

A great project accomplished with the skills of local artisans to maintain the atmosphere, dense of cultural references of the past .

Photography by Aldo Garozzo

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brillante choice

 

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Yes… today I choose Dedar Milano fabrics for their refined elegance and great quality which I always loved. Founded in 1976 as a small family business it is today present in more than 70 countries around the world.

They are known for their creativity, attention to details, experimentation with precious silks, wools, damasks, and a large variety of colors.

 

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And I am particularly happy when I can visit their showroom in the heart of Brera area. Here are some examples of gorgeous textiles, some for upholstery, some for draperies.

 

Silkyway: a luminous iridescent jacquard. The motif of oriental inspiration has the characteristically blurred contours of an ikat fabric.

 

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Avalon is a large floral motif embroidered on a silk ground with metallic threads.

 

Love is an elegant, dynamic geometric pattern.

 

Fanfara is hand-woven raw silk, a triumph of shimmering color and luminosity with a palette of 33 colors.

 

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About Flowers has flowers and exotic fruits in a modern pictorial rendering.

 

Adamo and Eva, Italian made cotton velvet with 69 colors to choose from.

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Browsing their website I have also found that my favorite movie of the year “La Grande Bellezza” had a contribution by Dedar Milano!

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If this was not enough: the Company has also created a special collection for Hermès and guess what…my favorite jewelry is Pomellato, also  based in Milan (I have written a few times about them)…and they use Dedar textiles from that collection for some of their showrooms and windows.

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Amour Libre, Coco and Jim from Dedar Hermès collection.

What can I say? Pure coincidence that I love Dedar textiles, La Grande Bellezza movie, Pomellato jewelry and they are all linked together in some way?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

And the winner is…

 

 

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A few weeks ago I had a Give-away post, courtesy of Manito Silk with a beautiful set of travel pillow and mask worth more than Canadian $150.00 being the gift .

 

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Here is what Manito says about the mask:

(…) Perfect for travel or sleep at home, a silk mask is a great wonderful sleep accessory that will help you wake up feeling more refreshed. Get luxury in a small package with our beautiful yet functional silk eye masks.
The smooth and soft texture of our 22 momme mulberry silk mask feels cool and refreshing as you settle in for a good night’s sleep. Whether you’re catching a nap on a long flight, or simply looking for a way to sleep more soundly at home, Manito’s mulberry silk, inside and out, makes is simply the best for your rest and relaxation (…)

And for the pillow:

(…) Manito's silky smooth, plush travel pillow is a convenient and comfy way for you to catch up on some much-needed rest when you’re on the go. It’s a first class travel accessory. Our ultimate travel pillow is filled with 100% long strand mulberry silk floss and is encased in a cover of our famous 22 momme, traditional charmeuse weave fabric. This travel pillow is super soft, comfortable, gentle on your skin and hair, and will help you arrive in style. The cover feels cool against your skin as you sleep, allowing for a more restful, smoother sleep (…)

And now the best part: I can finally announce that

Karen Albert from The Arts by Karena won the set.

If you don’t know Karen yet (how could you not?) please read her Blog, which is not just entertaining but also a great source of knowledge.

Her latest post is featuring a great designer: Raji Radhakrishnan and you’ll be intrigued by her talent too.

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Congratulations Karen, just send me a note with your address and which one of these three combinations of color you prefer:

-  Silver Blue and Charcoal,

or

-  Plum and Soft Pink,

or

-  Champagne and Chocolate?

Hope you’ll enjoy the luxurious silky feeling!

 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Visionnaire…a wonderful story…

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Have you ever heard of Visionnaire? It is a concept store and design gallery which, as on the first page on their website, represents “A wonderful story in the heart of Milan”. The  company, funded in 1959 is based in Bologna, a beautiful city not far from Milan where the first University of the western world was founded in 1088 (yes you read right… XII century)

On the hills outside Bologna there is a XVII century family home where the artistic director of this brand of luxury furniture lives with her family. The majestic staircase, the brick wall, the beams on the ceiling tell an ancient story, the contemporary furniture speak about Italian design and the philosophy of the brand.

 

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The large living room has subtle neutral colors, with a pop of red on the ottoman. The impressive chandelier, the sofa, the bookcase are all designed for Visionnaire.

 

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A mix of styles in the kitchen with sleek dining table, Ghost chairs and a fun interpretation of a banquette.

 

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White chandelier, white lacquered kitchen cabinets and the warmth of the wooden beams.

 

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The kitchen opens to a sunny terrace.

 

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In one bedroom sun and fresh air enter through large windows, an ornate chandelier contrasts with contemporary art on the wall.

 

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A bathroom with aqua colored mosaic, a voluptuous, unexpected chandelier and a large mirror reflecting the artistic ceramics on the opposite wall.

Almost all furniture and accessories in this house were created by a team of designers expressly for Visionnaire as for this very unusual glass bookcase.

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All images by Max Zambelli

 

Last chance…

Don’t forget to participate to my Give-Away, clicking HERE…leaving a comment on the Post you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask, courtesy of Manito Silk, perfect for travel. Winner will be announced on Friday, July 18th.

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Joy of Summer


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You have to agree with me…one of the best parts of summer is surely being able to dine al fresco surrounded by scented flowers, greenery, balmy air.  The image above presents a solution by Unopiù, with simple lines for table and chairs. Of course the magic atmosphere is created by the lights in the pool and on the trulli, a traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof.




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By Ethimo a young and colorful series of tables and chairs: eggplant, bamboo, olive…

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A classic Italian garden furnished by Driade, more sophisticated but with a touch of exotic atmosphere.

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A beautiful sofa and chair by Gervasoni, created to be outdoor under a portico or in a veranda.  I can see these pieces of furniture also inside a country house or a seaside cottage, they look ultra comfortable and elegant.

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Simple lines, light and comfortable iron chairs by Unopiù.  I love the white cushions and the low table for drinks and finger food.
So no matter if you are in a villa with pool, a cottage by the seaside, an apartment with a small patio…there are pieces of outdoor furniture waiting for you to enjoy pleasurable hours al fresco.
Don’t forget to participate to my Give-Away, clicking HERE…you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask perfect for travel.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The beautiful homes of Portofino

 

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Portofino is one of my (many) favorite places in Italy, and I found a book “Case di Portofino” (text is also in English) with wonderful photographs by Adriano Bacchella, truly a selection of the most attractive homes of the small town, once a fishing village famous now for its picturesque harbor where the rich and famous live or visit.

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At the entrance to Portofino this house, built in the style of early ‘900 has the typical Ligurian decoration, used in the past by some aristocratic families of the region,  horizontal stripes in yellow and grey.

 

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Another early ‘900 villa, with a magic view over the small gulf which can be enjoyed from a lush garden.

 

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A late ‘800 villa on the sea with a magnificent scenography created in the garden for the new owners.

 

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Let’s enter some houses: white dominates this living room, from pure linen used on the sofas to soft draperies framing the view. Contemporary art and antique furniture create interest and the floor inside and on the large terraces is marble with inserts of ardesia, a natural stone extracted locally.

 

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A different approach in this house with rustic beams, vivid blue and vibrant orange, warm and comfortable.

 

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More blue, electric blue for another house, on the fireplace art by Mino Gatti.

 

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An elegant  dining room with large French doors opening to the panorama.

 

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Isn't charming? A penthouse terrace with a typical black and white tile floor, perfect for a romantic dinner.

 

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Large gathering can be possible in this relaxing garden with several distinct “rooms” as the living area under the wisteria, the dining in the background, the large grass area where to tan.

 

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Finally a magic image of an exterior at sundown with an old bougainvillea creating drama in the lush green.

Don’t forget to participate to the Give-Away, clicking HERE…you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask perfect for travel.

 

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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