Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress from Laundry and shoes from J. Crew.
Happy Thursday! We had so much fun in Dallas yesterday and I got to introduce Adison to many of my showroom friends. It took three antiques stores before I found the right lamp with major presence for my client’s entry..... but I found it in a back room and it sparked my creativity for the rest on the pieces to place on the top of this new entry chest. My client is having a graduation party this weekend so I was really hoping that I found something that I love. I don’t always know what I am looking for until I see it—- but I always want “unique” in entry’s . I am meeting my man to hang her mirror and some other art today... so I get to place my treasure find from yesterday! Love it when it can happen this way!!! We bombed out for the third time trying to find two more platters to go with the antique blue and white Imari platter that I fell in love with. I now know why I have never seen blue and white Imari before.... because there is not much of it out there. Oh well..... best laid plans sometimes have to be put to rest. I will find something else to place in this spot for my client.
The article that I am covering today I found in Departures Home + Design Spring issue. The article is not long... but what it covers is fascinating. It is a 16th-century villa that you can rent in Lake Como, Italy that has been restored to it’s original grandeur. One of France’s most sought-after interior architects Jacques Garcia — who has worked on projects including the Louvre— painstakingly uncovered frescos that were painted over in the 20th-century. The project took 4 years. He said the 16th-century was all about color.... so he used haute couture fabrics and museum quality art and furnishings. He found rare and exotic marbles to use in the bathrooms—- as the flooring was also a victim over time. These villas bordering the lake are very few... especially in good condition. Can you even imagine getting to rent this incredible villa boasting 6,500 square feet sitting on four acres of gardens!!!!!!!! Enjoy these incredible images and have a fabulous day. The weekend is around the corner!!!
Pictured here is the gallery. The sofas and chairs were reupholstered in a silk velour from Rubelli. The lamp was repurposed from an 18th-century Chinese porcelain vase. What looks to be a prayer chair done in a blue velvet through the doorway is stunning... ad is the gilded console and mirror. All so grand!!! Note the faux marbling at the base of the wall going up the stairs. Outstanding!!!!
What a stunning entrance to the property. Like walking into a secret garden. This villa was originally built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio on the lake’s western shore. Another cardinal— Angelo Maria Durini— bought the home in 1787 and expanded it to the current size. Durini filled the home with an impressive art collection that is now gone and also held a lot of high society parties. If this villa could talk..... oh what stories it would tell!
One of the villa’s living rooms. Can you even imagine that someone would paint over these fantastic frescos???? This room is like one living piece of art!
The property has an outdoor and indoor pool. The indoor pool is heated. The groin and vault ceiling above the pool and the lanterns as well as the frescos create a magical room.
Is this main hall breathtaking or what!!! The custom sofa in the middle upholstered in a Rubelli velour holds an incredible Imari vase in the center. The restored frescos were originally painted by brothers Giovanni Paolo Recchi and Giovanni Battista Recchi in the mid 17th-century.
A view of the villa from the lake.
Another view of the villa looking in from one of the many gardens. I love how sculptured the landscaping is leading to the house. What a grand estate with such an incredible history.
Oh WOW!!! This room!!!! The frescos are painted in a troupe l’oeil style that makes them feel three dimensional. Even the balconies have a beautiful shape to them... and that ceiling!!!! The Parisian couple who commissioned Garcia to restore this treasure truly did the world a favor.
Title: Rent the Renaissance
Publication: Amy Serafin, Departures
Designer: Jacques Garcia
Photographer: Manuel Zublena
Love this quote!
This is so true!
For dinner last night we had leftover cod, leftover asparagus soup, and salad with blue cheese dressing.
I adore this song from Jackson 5. I actually saw Michael Jackson on Captain Kangaroo when I was a little girl. People from my vintage would know!