Bold and Beautiful

Bold and Beautiful | Nathan Turner | DeGournay Wallpaper | Chinoiserie

This past Sunday, I allowed myself to indulge in a lazy afternoon catching up on some of my favorite magazines. I pored through the September issues of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and House Beautiful and also spent a good while entrenched in some old issues of American House & Garden. This morning, I am feeling inspired and recharged! One of my favorite stories from my weekend reading was this beautiful home in Bel-Air, designed by my sweet and talented friend, Nathan Turner and featured in the September issue of House Beautiful. The house is a triumph.

Nathan was fearless in his use of color and pattern throughout his young clients’ home and the result is chic and inspiring. The resplendent, 1930s Regency style home features hand-painted deGournay wallpaper in the dining room pictured above. Nathan felt the Chinoiserie wallpaper was appropriate for the style of the house, but wanted the room to feel inviting and relaxed, so he brought in a plaster chandelier and white rattan chairs by McGuire to balance things out.


{The library is what Nathan calls “French Lavender” and features a show-stopping, vintage brass and Lucite desk from the 1960s.}


{The jewel box powder bath features a stunning treillage application by Accents of France painted in Dix Blue by Farrow & Ball. Notice the lovely pagoda lantern by Charles Edwards hanging overhead.}


{This little girl’s room features Vanautu Twilight Wallpaper from Anthropologie, custom headboards in fabric by Peter Dunham, and bedding from Leontine Linens.}


{The master bedroom also includes Leontine Linens, naturally! The walls and headboard are upholstered in Jasper’s Indian Flower.}


{It’s difficult to pick a favorite room in this house, but for me, I think it is a tie between the dining room and this glorious guest bedroom which features textiles by Muriel Brandolini and a plethora of antiques.}



{The red-bricked patio chairs plays host to Malawi chairs by Jeffrey Alan Marks for Palecek along with some pillows made from vintage African textiles.}

Which room is your favorite in this beautiful home? Be sure to click on the images to see them in their full glory.


{Photography by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful}

Hotel Urso: A Chic New Hotel in Madrid

hotel urso facade

If you have been reading La Dolce Vita for a while now, chances are, you know how special Spain is to me. I am completely enamored with everything about my ancestral country– the culture, language, people, art, history, architecture, music, design– I could go on and on. I have been fortunate to visit Barcelona along with Madrid and several towns in the Castilla y Leon region such as Salamanca, Avila, and Segovia a few different times. The other day, Fabian and I were talking about the places we would like to go on vacation and where our work will likely take us in 2015. We would love to go back to Italy, but I would especially love to visit Madrid again for work. I always feel completely enchanted and inspired when I am in Spain. Design inspiration abounds everywhere you turn from the elegant boulevards and palaces to tile work and architectural details. Not to mention, many of my favorite interior designers hail from Spain.

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{The Chic Lobby at the Hotel Urso}

Of course, Madrid has plenty of beautiful hotels including the recently opened Hotel Urso. Housed in an elegant palacio, or residential palace from the early 19th century between the Chamberi and Chueca neighborhoods, the hotel’s design pays tribute to the building’s neoclassical roots while providing all the earthly comforts experienced travelers have come to expect in luxury accommodations. Designed by Pablo Obrador, the accomplished Spanish designer behind such projects as the stunning Cap Rocat in Mallorca, the mission for the building was to restore as many of its beautiful original details as possible. Artisans and craftsmen were brought in to restore the building’s facade, ironwork, and plaster details. In addition, you’ll notice the use of gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper panels used in several spaces throughout the hotel. It is a reproduction of an original paper found in a neighboring palace. The hotel also features a full service spa and The Table– an innovative dining concept with rotating pop-up restaurants housed at the Hotel Urso throughout the year.


{Pretty Details}


 {The hotel’s dining room features a vertical garden. The wallpaper and lush greenery give it such an airy feel in combination with the glass ceiling. It’s worth a visit to the Hotel Urso’s website to see this particular photo in a larger size. This room is so lovely!}

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{A Close-Up of the Stunning Chinoiserie Panels}

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{The guest rooms are well-appointed in neutral palettes.}

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{Sitting Area in a Guest Room}

hotel urso terrace

{A Suite’s Sunny Terrace}


{Original Details can be Found throughout the Property}

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{Beautiful Plasterwork Inlaid with Azulejos, or Hand-Painted Blue and White Tiles}


{The Charming Hotel Urso}

I would love to go back to Madrid in 2015 and experience the city through my perspective as an interior designer as opposed to just seeing it as a tourist. Where would you like to travel in the new year?