Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a Rebecca Taylor lace top, Anthropology dress shorts, and J.Crew espadrilles.
Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here! So is the Texas heat! At least we have had half of the summer with a great deal of rain and milder temperatures for Texas. As much as I don't love getting into a car that reads 118 degrees---I would rather that than wear ugly shoes on a snow day sliding my way to work! I get to see my cousin Shelley from Atlanta and her family this weekend--which is always fun! She is like a sister to me. There will be a lot of great laughter! Today I am featuring a unique home in Portugal. The 50 acres property was purchased by wine maker Noemi Marone Cinzano. She created what she called a "selfish house" with London based designer John Stefanidis who she had done another project with in the early 1990's. The result is very her--very pink--and very unique. Have a fabulous day and an even more fabulous weekend!
What a cool and comfortable Veranda with traditional woven-grass blinds. The antique carved alligator bench adds a spark of whimsy.
Grape vines flank a path to the house. The grapes are more for the birds to eat then to harvest. It is fitting to have the bird sculptures flying across the house.
The portrait of Lord Byron that presides over the mantel has been in Cinzano's possession for years. It now has a grand spot to live. The upholstery in the room is all so charming, casual, and gives the cure of pure comfort. I love the panels of fabric form Tissus D'Helene that hang from the rafters.
Cinzano is the proud owner of 14 dogs that she watches the sunsets with on the property. One is pictured here--Fuba--in her drawing room which overlooks the incredible property lagoon. The sofa is dressed in an Egyptian fabric found in Cairo. How cool is that?!
Cinzano's favorite color is pink--as is seen on the floor of the kitchen. Love the blue cement island--the contrast is super!
The pantry uses curtains made of toile de jouy from Tissus D'Helene instead of cabinets doors. So much more feminine and interesting! This pink and black "Toile de Jouy" is divine!
How lovely and serene is the master bath?! The curtains are hand painted fabric from Gaia Franchetti. So special and lovely!
Such a romantic master bedroom. The portrait on the left is a piece done by Alejo Vidal-Quadras. The antique desk below is so shapely and beautiful. Cinzano and Stefanidis were able to incorporate many of Cinzano's antiques from her family in this retreat. I truly understand how wonderful it is to be reunited with your family heirlooms. This whole house is peaceful, magical, and a reflection of Cinzano. Her past, present, and future.
I think this is my favorite room in the house. I love the shape and position of the fireplace--especially the opening. Note the cool stenciling pairing a print with the stripe is so unique.
Pink makes it's way to the lagoon side pavilion with the pink chairs. What a view!
"A Fine Vintage" Article Featured In Architectural Digest August 2017 Issue
Text by Dana Thomas
Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Interiors by John Stefanidis Brands
Landscape Design by Agence Louis Benech and Fernando Martos
Dinner last night was a bison burger with grilled zucchini topped with oregano oil and mozzarella cheese. Delicious!
Love this song by The Gap Band! Such a great one!