Editor's note: Today I am wearing a dress from Ann Taylor and shoes from Frances Valentine.
Happy Wednesday! Hump day already!! We have a very busy day in Dallas ahead of us. We are meeting a client to finalize some hardware and to see some rugs in person. We have an appointment after lunch to work with the computer artist to custom color some rugs from the wool pods we chose. And then off to the World Trade Center to select more rugs! It will be a rug kind of day!!! I was known as “The Rug Lady” at The Market because I sold more rugs than anyone else in the company of 8 stores. I adore rugs and have learned so much about them over the years —- as well as who to trust in the rug industry. Every rug is not created equal!!!! If the dye is not set right in the wool the color will come out if you try to spot clean. This is why I advise clients never to buy at auction.... you really don’t know what you are getting. I also found it interesting to know that the best way too spot clean is with soap and water. As it was explained to me... in the 1800s and prior there were no chemical cleaners. And those people had pets, children , and messy husbands (sorry men!) I really think a rug adds so much to a room in adding warmth and another layer. It should be a fun Day!!!!
The article today comes from the newest Architectural Digest and is on Margherita Missouri’s dream home in the town she grew up in—Varese. Varese is an hour’s train ride away from Milan and in the 1800s was a popular “getaway” town fort the wealthy in Milan. Octtavio and Rosita Missoni established their operations for the company in Varese in 1953 and this is where Margherita was raised. After leaving and living in Milan, Barcelona ,New York , Paris , and Rome ( oh my goodness —she hit all of the fabulous cities!!)— she craved to return once she married Eugenio Amos and put down roots for her own family. She hired architect Aldo Cibic out of Milan and insisted on doing the interior design herself. She underestimated how hard it is to design interiors——- but finally finished after 5 years. She and her husband would go on day trips to cities around Europe to find pieces for the house. The explosion of color and the artistic flair is wonderful throughout the house. Enjoy and have a fabulous day!!!
The oh so colorful rug in the loving room is by Missoni Home. The vintage chairs on the left are done in a Pierre Frey floral. The sofa is done in a Rubelli velvet. Full of color and whimsey this room is incredible.
Another view of the living room. Margherita was very proud of the fact that she found this cool sofa on EBay for $500 and had it reupholstered .
The view from the terrace is breathtaking! The lake in the distance is Lake Varese. The furniture is from Marni—— fun and full of color!!
What a stunning lady!!!!!! She is in her dining room leaning against a Gianfranco Frattini cabinet. The walls were hand painted by Pictalab which is an artist collective based in Milan. Simply gorgeous!
Custom and colorful acrylic shelving by Andrea Brandi didvid the large living room. I love the porcelain bird sitting on top like it was in a tree.
A view of the entire dining room. The curtains were hand painted by the same artist as the incredible walls. This room feels like a tropical garden! The light fixtures are so cool !!!! The chairs are by Svenskt Tenn and the table cloth is a textile from Missoni Home. Can you even imagine getting to go to a dinner party in this room????!!!!!
Oh my goodness!!!! This bath is jaw dropping!!! The marble used on the floor and walls is Giallo Siena—- simply stunning!!! The flower sconces— so feminine for her bath!!—- are from Via Antica. I love the vanity skirt done in a Dominique Kieffer fabric— and how it really has no relation to the marble but stands out.
This is her study bath—- her private domain to meet with clients . Her study has it’s own separate entrance. The fanciful wallpaper is by Svenskt Tenn. i love the skirted vanity. The royal blue vanity top is repeated on the ceiling above. WOW and POW!!!
Happy young family playing on the bed in the master! The four-poster bed is something that Margherita had wanted for a long time by Mauro Mori. The zebra carpeting against the green walls is striking.
The kitchen tile turned out to be the most expensive thing in the house. But this artisanal tile is wonderful and the yellow pops against it. If you love it and can afford it— I always say go for it!!!!
Nothing really translates to each other in this guest room—- but the overall effect is super!! Another fabulous wallpaper from Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn. i love the huge mirror over the vanity mimicking the curves.
This Brazilian chair purchased at Christie’s creates a huge presence in the TV room. I love the wall color. I love this house. What a wonderful place to raise a family and return to her roots.
"House of Missoni" article featured in Architectural Digest September 2018 Issue
Text by Derek Blasberg
Photo by Matthieu Salvaing
Styled by Carlso Mota
For dinner last night I had salmon from Central Market with grilled vegetables.
Love this song!