Fabulous Room Friday 01.02.15

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Good morning! Does it feel like Monday to anyone else today? Mid-week holidays always throw me for a loop! As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, I have had Spain on my mind lately and am so inspired by several Spanish interior designers, so I just had to feature this lovely living room in Madrid by Luis Puerta as the first “Fabulous Room” of the year. The space is elegantly composed and not overly “decorated”. I love the neutral palette, accented with rich tones, a variety of sumptuous textures, and mix of furniture silhouettes. Louis XVI-style armchairs are at home in any room and they look especially chic when paired with clean modern lines, like those of the sofa and coffee table in this instance.

The most stunning feature of the room might just be the classical architecture. High ceilings, windows with shutters, timeless moldings, and crisp white walls complement the striking antique mirrored wall behind the sofa. It makes for such a chic focal point. This room features so many of the elements that I love– a rich, neutral palette, a mix of masculine and feminine, a blend of modern and traditional, abstract art, mixed metals, and an unexpected element or two. What do you love most about this space?

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Have a wonderful weekend!


{Images via Luis Puerta}

Hotel Urso: A Chic New Hotel in Madrid

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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}

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{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?