This castle is like a museum of history, and I find it so captivating. It is located in Piedmont, an area in Northern Italy. There was a 13th century manor but all that is left of that is a tower. The housing part was rebuilt in neo-medieval style in the nineteenth century and today looks like an elegant, stately home, with large frescoed rooms and a beautiful park located on a spur of rock overlooking the river. In the historic part there are 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 8 lounges with an average height of 5 meters, completely frescoed. In the renovated part there are 12 hotel rooms and a 140-seat restaurant. In total there are 21 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms totaling 53,820 sqft. A wee bit pricey at €6,500,000 but worth it for the right owner to come in here and make this spectacular. Listed with James Edition.
A decorative design studio established in 2014 by Founder and Creative Director, Lucy Cunningham, who lives in the Hampshire countryside with her husband and two sons. Layers of the unexpected set Lucy’s refined English aesthetic apart. The contemporary and the classic are blended seamlessly and skillfully, with longevity rather than passing trends in mind. Greatly skilled with print, which she applies with a peaceful elegance, Lucy draws influence from art, travel, nature and a variety of cultures and eras to inform her vision. Impeccably sourced Ikats, Kantha and Suzanis may be teamed with historically inspired designs, there are no rules. It’s this boundless curiosity and sensitivity that allows her to create beautifully considered homes rich with character and warmth.
This is what I am after – comfort and a vast range of influences that make it a bit unexpected and challenging.
A six-storey Georgian period property located in Notting Hill, London. Hubert Zandberg Interiors was appointed to complete the interior architecture and design and carried out a full renovation of the space, whilst preserving the historic character of the building; an important element for both the client and HZI. The approach was a soft play on English traditional with a bohemian Notting Hill twist, combining classic detailing with a fresh contemporary palette along with the family’s dynamic art collection.
In typical HZI fashion, this home is wonderfully layered and curated with unique colours and an eclectic mix of styles I love so much.
Château de Digoine, located in in southern Burgundy, France is an absolutely breath-taking 15 bedroom home from the 1700s owned by French filmmaker Jean-Louis Remilleux. Filled with exquisite antiques, art, textiles and wallpaper, it’s every traditionalist’s dream. And it’s definitely checking all the boxes for my dream château. Photos: Pascal Chevallier for Architectural Digest and Jerome Gallard for Elle Decoration.
The proposed project, a classic North Eastern, shingle and clapboard “Big Chill” house set just about 50 feet from Long Island Sound had beautiful, rambling proportions and great flow. It had been roughly 20 years since they’d last renovated. It was time to refresh and reimagine life at home with classic New England comfort and style. We had 23 rooms in total to redo without interrupting the couple’s seasonal use of their summer retreat. This included light-to-full makeovers of six bathrooms, the complete redecoration of all main living spaces, six bedrooms, the total renovation of the kitchen, butler’s pantry and breakfast room, as well as all conduit spaces and a TV/Rec room with billiard table.
TOM Interior Design Studio (made up of Tommy Smythe, Lindsay Mens Craig, Kate Stuart) created a wonderful blue and white vision of beachy wonderfulness in this home that exudes a classic/traditional vibe that keeps it from being too casual. It is also timeless and I imagine the owners will be quite happy with it another 20 years from now. (Photos: Virginia MacDonald)