As we all know, in my personal opinion, traditional Italian design is a little trixie to replicate. Or maybe I have seen too many examples that missed the mark on the various Housewives. Either way, it’s never been my particular flavor until…
THIS kind of Italian design, however, I can get behind.
I am having a major deco moment in my personal life.
And our hotel in Portofino is bringin it for me.
I can hardly even speak about the greatness of the bar.
It is so old school but still totally current.
Yes I will sit right there and enjoy a gimlet, thank you sir!
Even the doors to the rooms are delightful.
Every single door, one right after the other, all lined up like pageant queens in the bikini contest with their two tone blue paint, moulding, and gold hardware.
My heart literally jumped into my throat when I happened upon this corner of heaven.
And the details.
It is like Schumacher Butterflies made wild passionate love with an older DeGournay gentleman and created the most beautiful wallpaper baby of all time.
No seriously, I literally played out a whole scenario where sassy sexy young Schumacher walked into the dimly lit bar and saw DeGournay, 20 years her senior but aging well. She sat next to him and asked him what he was drinking. DeGournay lifted his glass to his lips and without looking at her said only, Scotch. Schumacher tells DeGournay she doesn’t know anything about whiskey, and DeGournay looks at her and goes, “there is a lot I could teach you”. They passionately embrace, rubbing their beautiful hand painted paper together, and then that pretty little baby, we’ll call her DeSchu, was born.
I am bizarre.
And have also recently read 50 Shades of Gray.
So there’s that.
If anyone happens to know the actual provenance of that unbelievable wallpaper, I would be greatly appreciative.
11 thoughts on “Now THIS is some Italian design I can get with…”
I want to recreate that door in a big, bad way.
Splendido and villa deste?! Now I am jealous! I have wondered about that wallpaper, too! Hope that everyone is feeling better!
Holy hell…I literally just died over that paper- your story to go with was hilarious- so funny and you’re right, it’s a total love child of those two other papers.
Hysterical and yet so true!
The wallpaper IS stunning, the staircase is absolutely delicious, and I could sit at that bar for days. What a beautiful hotel!
The wallpaper is antique ‘Decor Chinois’ by Zuber. I love it so much.
That door is going into my Favorite Things Ever file. Good reporting, Ms. Quin.
Some info and pics of the Decor Chinois wallpaper http://thedowneastdilettante.blogspot.com/2009/12/amazing-wallpaper-zubers-decor-chinois.html
you know what’s fun…looking at vacation rentals in italy for the decor. everything on this website is totally amazing.
Great post! Stayed there last year and loved it. Hope you bought yourself some of the signature pottery for your house!
Wow wow wow! Love the wallpaper and the black and white floor.