Archive for April, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

la dolce vita — palazzo murat

There are many joys to be found in trav­el­ing, espe­cially to a place as filled with his­tory and beauty as Italy. One of those must surely be the shoulder-season room upgrade! LOL — but seri­ously, what's more fun than find­ing out the gor­geous room you booked has mor­phed into a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suite com­plete with an enor­mous liv­ing room and a kitchen?

I chose the Palazzo Murat in Posi­tano after much angst and research. Tri­pad­vi­sor (my go-to source for hotel ideas) rated it #1 on the Amalfi Coast. Could it really be bet­ter than my first choice, Le Sirenuse, a styl­ish gem? The Conde Nast Gold List is sel­dom wrong, but as it turned out — no chil­dren allowed at Le Sirenuse. My only real reser­va­tion about Palazzo Murat was the rooms are not directly fac­ing the sea. But so many great fac­tors made up for that — the cen­tral loca­tion, the quiet ambiance, the amaz­ing gar­dens and easy access to the main beach.

Where I thought we'd be:

palazzo murat

palazzo murat

Where we wal­lowed in space and charm­ing (if not high style) décor:

palazzo murat room 43 living area

palazzo murat room 43 liv­ing area

palazzo murat - room 43 smaller bedroom

palazzo murat — room 43 smaller bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 kitchen

palazzo murat room 43 kitchen

palazzo murat room 43 small bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 small bathroom

With 14 foot plas­ter ceil­ings and elab­o­rate old mold­ings, this room is truly a gem — bet­ter than my pic­tures can show!

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bedroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

This bath­tub is 5 feet in diam­e­ter and nearly 3 feet deep!

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 large bathroom

palazzo murat room 43 view from the sofa

palazzo murat room 43 view from the sofa

And the out­door views — not too shabby…

palazzo murat room 43 view from the terrace, looking left

palazzo murat room 43 view from the ter­race, look­ing left

palazzo murat room 43 view from the terrace, looking right, with breakfast area below

palazzo murat room 43 view from the ter­race, look­ing right, with break­fast area below

The palazzo is jus­ti­fi­ably famous for its gar­dens. Al Palazzo Ris­torante sits within the gar­dens — best ser­vice and ambiance we expe­ri­ences in Italy, bar none. The food was lovely as well!

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

I covet these planters! There were dozens, all different.

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

palazzo murat gardens

And finally, a look at the inte­rior pub­lic spaces.  The lobby extends all along the gar­dens, with mul­ti­ple rooms to dine, relax, play chess or sim­ply be.

palazzo murat public spaces

palazzo murat pub­lic spaces

palazzo murat public spaces

palazzo murat pub­lic spaces

The Palazzo Murat is located three min­utes walk below the main road, which elim­i­nates road noise issues. It is two min­utes walk above the main beach via delight­ful stairs and alley­ways full of shops. This elim­i­nates noise from the beach and its adja­cent restau­rants.  Even the church ceases ring­ing its bells from 7pm to late morn­ing. Quiet com­fort is the byword at the Palazzo.

Go to Posi­tano (off sea­son) and stay at the Palazzo Murat. It is a gem!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

fabric (good) friday…from soleil bleu par wellmann

If your week­end thoughts turn toward Easter, renewal and spring, enjoy the embod­i­ment of those sen­ti­ments in the new Salon col­lec­tion from Soleil Bleu par Well­mann. Fresh col­or­ways and ele­gant tex­tures — per­fect for a grown up girl's Easter basket!

the salon collection from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon col­lec­tion from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon collection from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon col­lec­tion from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon collection from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon col­lec­tion from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon collection from soleil bleu par wellmann

the salon col­lec­tion from soleil bleu par wellmann

Wish­ing you all a peace­ful and joy­ous weekend!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

la dolce vita

As you read this, I am wak­ing here:

palazzo murat

palazzo murat

in this room:

palazzo murat

palazzo murat

with these views:

view from palazzo murat

view from palazzo murat

garden at palazzo murat

gar­den at palazzo murat

I will have my own lovely pic­tures to share soon, but enjoy this taste of la dolce vita. Have a won­der­ful week!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

color, color everywhere…which would you choose?

I am work­ing on a new mas­ter bed­room design, wherein the only given is the exist­ing tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture. The major­ity of those pieces are nat­ural cherry or black, so that reddish/orangey shade needs to be worked in/around. I've been see­ing a lot of gor­geous deep blue lac­quered walls lately, influ­enc­ing me to con­sider a blue-based scheme which might not have been a first con­sid­er­a­tion. But blue and orange are nat­ural com­ple­ments, as evi­denced here by Miles Redd:

miles redd room in hague blue

miles redd room in hague blue

This stun­ning room also incor­po­rates a vari­ety of greens and pat­terned neu­trals — an eclec­tic mix that is end­lessly engag­ing. For these clients who love color, I've also been delv­ing into some large scale prints, includ­ing Chi­ang Mai Dragon from Schu­macher. This peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar pat­tern is avail­able in a num­ber of intense col­or­ways — open­ing up a lot of avenues lead­ing toward an eclec­tic look.

chiang mai dragon in alabaster

chi­ang mai dragon in alabaster

I'm espe­cially par­tial to the alabaster col­or­way, with that juicy cit­ron accent and hints of black. Per­haps with these lovelies from Arte­ri­ors?

kaleigh from arteriors home

kaleigh from arte­ri­ors home

The lac­quer col­or­way is intense!

chiang mai dragon in lacquer

chi­ang mai dragon in lacquer

Maybe pull out the teal to cool off that red?

paddy from arteriors home

paddy from arte­ri­ors home

There are inter­est­ing shades of blue in each of these col­or­ways, along with enough choices in accent col­ors to make heads spin. But the china blue col­or­way is the most traditional:

chiang mai dragon in china blue

chi­ang mai dragon in china blue

And could develop a mono­chro­matic all-blues scheme for peace and serenity.

paulette from arteriors home

paulette from arte­ri­ors home

If you were tired of tra­di­tional, which direc­tion would you head? Shake it up with col­or­ful eclec­tic? Or wake it gen­tly with sooth­ing but mod­ern blues?

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