31/01/2012 § Leave a Comment
The 16th-century Italian palazzo of Antonello Radi, in the Umbrian city of Foligno. I adore the way he has decorated his home, the old with the new, completely color drenched and magnificently luxurious. The bathroom is my absolute favorite room. I could soak in that tub forever.
Decorating mastery aside, one must really give Antonello’s bio a brief look:
Antonello was fortunate to be born into a wealthy and prominent family in Foligno, a commercial center surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and rolling hills. Radi, a bachelor, studied jurisprudence, found he didn’t like the life of a lawyer, and now works in the family business, finance, when he isn’t traveling.
Didn’t like the life of a lawyer, so he works in finance…when he isn’t traveling. Must be very nice indeed.
Images via Elle Decor.
04/01/2012 § 2 Comments
London-based interior designer Broosk Saib may originally hail from Baghdad, but his style is quintessentially British, with a bit of an irreverent twist. At once masculine and luxurious, Saib’s apartment immediately gives me the impression of a well-travelled and good-humored gentleman who I earnestly hope will allow me to move in…and give me an invite to his next dinner party:
But it’s at night that the rooms truly come to life. Sometimes the entry hall’s hanging light fixture is taken down and the peripatetic table is moved to make way for as many as 70 guests; the walls of the drawing room reflect the warm, clubby glow given off by lamps with red-silk shades. An exotic Vietnamese incense fills the rooms, while the aroma of roast lamb escapes from the kitchen. “I love to entertain at home,” says Saib, “to cook and feed my friends. My doors are always open.” (via Elle Decor)
I especially love the Union Jack upholstered chairs and this gorgeous entry way shown below. I like how Saib manages to accent what is obviously an amazing collection without turning his apartment into some kind of jumbled antiques roadshow nick-knackery. The restraint really allows the pieces he has chosen to shine.