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Gravity and Grace

Gravity and Grace

Photo: Matthieu Salvaing

The Fondation Custodia in Paris's 7th arrondissement is a treasure trove of inspiration. Brimming with European Old Master works and the antiques with which they would once have been surrounded, it's the kind of space that invites you to sink deep into reverie.  

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DOLCE STIL NOVO

DOLCE STIL NOVO

Serene and classic, yet with an altogether singular personality, the design of this Amalfi Coast villa takes its cues from the area's dramatic terrain and rich history. I love the way its muted color palette allows for its bolder and more whimsical statements. 

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Photo: Matthieu Salvaing for AD Italia


Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

I love how the dynamic mix of textures creates contrast with all the muted neutral tones in this luxurious bedroom designed by Colin King. Strong yet sensual, the space is a study in understated juxtaposition.  

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Photo: Adrian Gaut


Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

I love when a space feels relaxed and effortless in its flow, yet thoughtful and deeply considered in execution. These are the sorts of spaces that demand to be lived in, and not just merely looked at. In this breezy loft-like living room, a lived-in, bohemian minimalism takes into account both practical and aesthetic concerns. 

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Photo: @luxxumodernliving


To Dwell in Possibility

To Dwell in Possibility

Nestled in the heart of one of Mexico City's oldest quarters, Coyoacán, photographer Graciela Iturbide's airy, eclectic home feels like a cabinet of curiosities. Perhaps most curious of all, however, is that the home was designed by her son, architect Mauricio Rocha at age twenty-five. A tender love letter to the creative habits of his legendary mom, the workshop slash residential space is a celebration of art, love, and life. 

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Photo: Pablo López Luz and Rafael Gamo for AD Italia


Other Voices, Other Rooms

Other Voices, Other Rooms

When Truman Capote was visited by Architectural Digest in 1976 at his Sagoponack hideaway, he described its method of construction as a "raincoat." All the same, it's what the literary luminary was after. "I wanted a rustic house. I really think of it as one big room. Completely winterized, it’s been designed to look unfinished. I call it ‘run-down comfort.’ I like the effect of texture in rooms—the rawness of the wood plus the mirrors that line one end.” In the heart of the Hamptons, tucked behind a lush expanse of potato fields, the secluded getaway paints an intimate portrait of the writer's inner workings. 

The home's sleek yet sunbaked exterior features the raw wood finish typical of the area. Large, faintly Nordic windows are the dominant architectural focus. A cozy, unpretentious spirit pervades. 

The bi-level living room adds a theatrical dimension to Capote's otherwise relaxed seasonal escape. And yet the writer made note, “I’m here to work. I come here a lot in the autumn and winter, and I see almost no one. I don’t care for the Hamptons in the summer—it’s gotten too crowded. I don’t understand the way some people come out here and run themselves ragged every night. I just don’t think some of these writers are working.” With the home's glossy cerulean floors, two-story-high built-in bookshelves, buttery amber leather sofa, comfy upholstered vintage chairs and eclectic antique accents, the space has a beachy, easy-going glamour that's rich with humor and personality.

A steel spiral staircase leads the way to the living room's loft-like upper level. The theme of painted wood floors continues, though here in palest buttercup. 

A rhythmic use of materials and textures ties everything together; cheerful needlepoint, painted Victorian and contemporary wicker furniture and warm blond wood continue concepts from below, helping tie together the writer's quirky, personal mix of art and carefully curated memorabilia.

Capote's "witchcraft altar," as he apparently called it, included a surreal needlepoint pillow of a mask designed by the artist Cocteau, fresh flowers, an antique bronze bell and a curious piece of folk art, a painted wooden cat with an arched back and bared fangs. 

A Tiffany table lamp casts a richly luminous glow across the author's collection of glass paperweights and books. Intimate photographs and 19th century floral lithographs shed even more light on the author's sensibility.

One can only imagine the author sitting here, in the early hours, penning the final excruciating pages of In Cold Blood. 

Perhaps most striking to me of all are the author's spartan sleeping quarters. Somehow warm and luxurious despite their severe curation, Capote's minimalist treatment of his place of rest feels perfectly in keeping with his approach to art.

Photo: Jaime Ardiles-Arce for Architectural Digest; Architectural Digest: Celebrity Homes, ed. Paige Pense (1977) 


Organic Matter

Organic Matter

Enamalist June Schwarcz's Sausalito bungalow bears the marks of a true maker. Serene and eclectic, the home feels like an extension of her studio space. Filled with art of Schwarcz's own, as well as by her friends and inspirations, the space celebrates objects with personality.

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Photo: Leslie Williamson


Cabin Crush

Cabin Crush

I love the stripped-down, laissez-faire look Charles de Lisle gave this Sonoma cabin retreat. With its beautiful natural light and bucolic surroundings, the home's exposed plywood walls and untreated windows give the space the feeling of a treehouse. The open floor plan and variety of warm, organic textures create a cheerful yet relaxed feeling, very much in keeping with the barefoot ease associated with Nor-Cal's famous wine country. Get the look with similar items from Lee Stanton below.

 

    

 

    

 

 

Photo: Eric Petschek for AD España