Laura. Home of Stars. October 26th , 2017.
Thus, in the entrance hall, the ceiling with its exposed beams was repainted in shiny grey, and a rug of bright colors spread on the floor. Mirrors cover the walls, creating the room larger and offering views of the garden. Giving in to his baroque taste, Alberto Pinto put a ”papal” mirror with a gilded wooden frame here. Strange black ceramic flower stands by Clement Massier, and a pair of Regency armchair with fuchsia covers.
The large living room has kept its paneled ceiling and its Italian fireplace of grey stone. But though part of the furniture evokes a 18th‐century Italian palace, with its chandeliers, paintings, engravings of Florence, mirrors, ebony negroes. Olivier Cacoub has added his personal touch: the walls have become beige, the ceiling and the woodwork are painted the same color as the fireplace, the windows have white cotton curtains. There is a simple rug with relief patterns; there are several couches with red and green covers, and almond green chaise longue, low glass, and marble tables.
The dining room next to that room has also kept its ogival vaulting and its Gothic fireplace. To reinforce this medieval aspect, the decorator added frescoes imitating wall hangings with pink and pale green squares, the same pattern as in the rug. This room also has some theatrical touches, such as the glass table resting on eight bronze dolphins, with pale green Venetian chairs.
All these rooms are situated around a large mid—hall, with a floor painted with marble effect and ochre‐colored walls, Italian–style. It contains a pair of beautiful Rococo gilded‐wood consoles, superb French tapestries. From here a staircase with pure white lacquered columns leads to the two upper storeys. There, the ochre of the ground floor turns into Siena yellow, in the walls as well as for the floor covering of the galleries.
Rooms With A Private Touch. The galleries open onto a dozen rooms, where Daniele has given each one an original touch. She prefers the ″Venetian″ room, so‐called because of its four–poster bed covered with silk print like old lace. Another, a very feminine room is covered everywhere ― walls, curtains, armchairs, bed ― with a romantic flower—pattern material. Still, another has Italian baroque painted furniture and blue and coral materials by Braquenie.
Thus it is a couple who have restored Villa Maryland. Olivier Cacoub, who have asked him to build palaces in the middle of the desert, did not want to change the volume of this pseudo‐Florentine palazzo. He simply added a Mediterranean swimming pool and made it less Victorian. Daniele, his wife, added an elevator and ultra–modern kitchens in the basement, as well as bathrooms for every bedroom. She has managed to respect the spirit of an Italian Renaissance house such as it was imagined at the end of the 19th—century, while adapting it to modern tastes and comfort.
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