Jo shared the 17th century, 3,300 sq ft Milan palazzo of designer Vincenzo De Cotiis a few years ago and I recently stumbled upon it again and because it truly is one of the most exquisite homes I have ever seen I wanted to share it again. This is what taking the time to peel back years and years of layers can get you. And when you leave it raw and untreated, it is absolutely magical and something to be revered for years to come. (You can read more about it here and here)
Photos: Simon Watson, Joachim Wichmann
Calm, balanced, refined. Timeless interiors carefully curated. Understated, elegant and oh so English. Notting Hill Villa by Rose Uniacke.
When I spotted this property on Shoot Factory I was shocked I had never seen it before and then knew it had to be associated to a fabric/wallpaper company (no kidding!) and after about 35 seconds of sleuthing found out this is Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall, which also seems to double as a B&B through House of Hackney. Some info on this absolutely spectacular (inside and out) property: the castle was built in the 14th century, the main house has 6 bedrooms and sits on 9 acres. The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy of Cornwall granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV. Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay.
Let me sum up this lovely restoration in Sydney’s Paddington by Jillian Dinkel in just a few well chosen words. A lacy old lady has her heritage features restored, her storage amped up and her new life with a new family begins. Timeless.
Oh so elegant. Oh so chic. Oh so French. This stylish Parisian apartment on the rue de Verneuil in 7th arrondissement is for sale. Marketed as a pied-à-terre at 113m2 with two reception rooms, kitchen, small library/guest room and lovely master bedroom it’s more than large enough to live out my Paris dreams. At 2 850 000 € though I may just have to keep fantasizing. Via Kasha Paris.