The Barcelona Palette

Barcelona, what a city! Warm, vibrant, a feast for the eyes. Gaudy's architecture and influence on every corner. I marvelled at the richness of the architecture and thought that had gone into everything from the tiles that paved the city to the many uniquely decorated entrances. Gothic and Modernisme sitting side by side, contrasts and contradictions that worked somehow.

The colours were delicious too and prompted this second travel influenced blog post that seeks to inspire you to bring a little of Barcelona's verve and striking juxtaposition to your home.

xAx

GAUDI 

 

Poliedri Chandelier, Taupe and Clear, Murano Made, Midcentury Beauty, circa 1980

 

Brooklyn-Barcelona Table by TJ Volonis

The under-arch is designed to evoke the iconic cabling of the Brooklyn Bridge and the negative space it creates is in the shape of a parabolic arch a key feature of Antoni Gaudí's architecture in Barcelona

 

 

Corinne Robbins

Rotted Tree: Square Abstract Minimalist Landscape Painting with Blue Periwinkle

2015

 

EL DORADO

 

Armchair "Barcelona Chair" Special Edition by Knoll International

 

Antique Spanish Cuenca Carpet

 

Spanish 1960s Hollywood Regency Gilt Iron Sunburst Mirror with Red Glass Accents

MODERNISME 

 

Rare Gordon Bunshaft SOM Architect Floating Burl Olive Wood Credenza

 

Contemporary Olive Green Silk Sari.

Exquisitely hand-printed with vegetable dye, hand-stitched with kantha embroidery, a popular style from West Bengal

 

One of a Kind Signed Pair of Black and Gold Glass with Brass Inlays Lamps Meticulously Handcrafted in Spain 

The Amalfi Palette

My first time on the Amalfi Coast took my breath away. The first thing that struck me was the soft, warm breeze, the second the colours. Vivid cerulean sea, primrose stucco fronted palazzo, magenta bougainvillea and turquoise ceramic tiles from Positano.

I’ve used Pantone’s nifty little app to create three Amalfi inspired colour palettes. For each palette I’ve put together a stylish capsule interior to bring a little bit of Amalfi to you.

CAPRI VISTA

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SHOPPING LIST...

 

The Floris Silk Bed Cushion by Roberto Cavalli Home is full of feminine charm, featuring a floral print in a rainbow of colours on top of a crisp white background. The gold cord edging and contrasting leopard print reverse, embody the lavish Italian glamour synonymous with the brand.

 
 

Italian Modernist Sideboard in rich mahogany with bird's-eye maple doors and drawers, carved fruitwood and patinated brass pulls is pure suave.

Italian Art Deco Armchairs upholstered in bougainvillea purple velvet. The sumptuous deep upholstery adds softness to the geometric veneered wooden frame which has been lovingly restored using the same shiny shellac finish that would have been applied when it was first crafted in the 1930s. 

 
 

'Empire' Print by Robert Cottingham. Subject- The Empire Theater, built in 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama. 

 

AMALFI MAJOLICA 

 

SHOPPING LIST...

 

Mid-century Italian Oil Painting, depicting the fruit market in Venice. Sellers surround their wares, against the backdrop of the canal and its ancient buildings.

 
 

Murano Glass Scones. A pair of Venini aqua stripe (clear and aqua) sconces. Each sconce has two lights with brass frame and decorated with solid quadriedri (four-sided) hanging Murano glass tubes.

 
 

Blonde Chest by Eilel Saarinen for Johnson Furniture, circa 1948.

Opaline Coupe. A fine and rare Charles X blue opaline coupe, the bowl mounted with matte and burnished scroll handles; the rim and foot with palmettes. dating from circa 1825-1830, the early days of opaline production.

POSITANO SUNSET

 

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Italian Tapestry depicting a forest filled with bare trees, leafless and prepared for winter’s whiteness, it displays a procession of hunters and their lunging dogs.

1930s French Lounge Chairs featuring a 'flower shape back' and contrasting dark and light grey velvet upholstery.

Heather Stem by Abigail Ahern the queen of faux blooms.

Birgit Blyth Monoprint. A contemporary, abstract style chromoskedasic monoprint created by experimental photographer, Birgit Blyth without the use of a camera.

THE NED- RECREATING THE LANDMARK'S OLD SCHOOL CHARM

The Ned is the place to be in London right now. It's got that Soho House buzz that Nick Jones has a magic for creating. A killer combination of decadence and breezy laissez-faire, it's a setting where despite the grandeur one feels it would be rude not to let one's hair down!

In the spirit of Lutyens era loveliness I've created a beguiling Ned influenced look to inspire you to add a bit of Edwardian meets deco charm to your home. Read down for my tips and a special deal for stays booked at the hotel over the summer.

AND SO TO BED...

UPHOLSTERY FABRIC

The bedrooms feature an array of sumptuous fabrics in autumnal colours, including a few sensuous Art Nouveau prints.

To recreate the look, you could try R. Beauclair's  iconic Ianthe linen, designed in approximately 1900 and still as lovely as ever. Ianthe is Greek for purple or violet flowers, suggesting that the flowers in the design may have originally been drawn from violets.

£75 per metre- Liberty London

£75 per metre- Liberty London

If you wish something even more sumptuous, you could try Liberty's Shand Voyage in velvet. The print was inspired by a hand-painted shawl from The Liberty Archive, originally created in the mid-19th Century when paisley production increased in the UK and France, to meet the demand for all things oriental.

Shand Voyage was inspired by the 'Secret Garden' and was designed to represent Mary's journey across the ocean, from India to Yorkshire. Adorned with wild ferns and leaves, concealing a beautiful paisley, it symbolises the secret door behind which Mary discovers the Secret Garden.

£120 per metre- Liberty London

£120 per metre- Liberty London

COCKTAIL HOUR..."What one needs is some kind of a party that starts at half-past five"

What better way to usher in the evening than to mix a cocktail and recline on a plump velvet sofa, before heading to supper? It's those little rituals of a bygone time that are mostly forgotten and usually only revived when we spend a weekend away, that make life that much more enjoyable. To introduce a bit of Gatsby era sophistication to your home a proper cocktail cabinet, as opposed to a bar cart, is the connoisseur's choice...and so much more room for all of those delicious libations!

COCKTAIL CABINETS

For serious deco enthusiasts it would be hard not go all weak at the knees over this 1930s Odeon Cabinet with its Rubenesque curves and contrasting walnut veneers.

£1,350- 1st Dibs

£1,350- 1st Dibs

If space is a problem but deep pockets are not, then Linley's bijou cocktail box would be a small but perfectly formed additional to any city pied a terre or bachelor pad. Handcrafted in dyed charcoal veneers of rippled sycamore and highlighted with mother of pearl dots its craftsmanship speaks for itself and would be certain to encourage decadent afternoons sipping pre-pranials!

£16,000- Linley

£16,000- Linley

BATHING BEAUTY

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And after you've been fed and watered, where better to see to your evening ablutions than reclining in a gigantic tub full of scented bath oil? If space permits, a comfy slipper chair and oriental rug invite perching so you can be read a bedtime story before lights out.

FREE STANDING BATHS

Drummonds cast iron Bute bath has a very similar look with a hand-finished steel skirt wrapped around it that can be custom finished in a kaleidoscope of colours. A little more masculine in shape compared to the traditional claw footed, roll top bath, it has a striking simplicity that would look equally at home in a more contemporary bathroom.

£4,985 (exc. VAT)- Drummonds

£4,985 (exc. VAT)- Drummonds

For the ultimate Edwardian bathing experience, Catchpole & Rye's copper bateau harks back to a time when one bathed in front of fires and copper baths had to be light, so that they could be easily carried from room to room. Available in a 2m length, it's large enough for two making it ideal for a romantic ensuite. And for those who are blessed with long limbs, there's the option to have an even roomier bespoke bateau made to fit your proportions. 

£5,000 (exc. VAT)- Catchpole & Rye

£5,000 (exc. VAT)- Catchpole & Rye

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

If you quite fancy all of this but don't wish to commit to giving your home The Ned treatment just yet, get in touch for a special rate and gift for any stays booked at the hotel this summer.

Please share, comment and get in touch if you have any questions!

Love,

xAx