Friday, 4 March 2011

Treasures in a Tower

This restored XVI century tower in Spain, houses the treasures collected by its owner in his travels around the world. Three interior designers, Begoña Calzada, Malu Sanroma and Isabel Badiola, helped him with the decoration. A unique house full of interesting pieces.

A stone masonry arch flanked by two ancient terracotta cups. The cobbled stones are original and the French chairs were purchased at a flea market in Bordeaux.

In the foyer a Napoleon III bed, acquired in Bordeaux, a grandfather clock acquired in Vigo, a Louis XVI lamp from an antique shop in Granada. The mirror is a twin of the one in the master bedroom.

The tiled stove was made by Florentine artisans.

In the foyer, an arch leads into the kitchen. The sculptures are made of gilded wrought iron and were purchased in France.

In the kitchen an XVIII century Catalan sculpture stands on the counter.

Notice the thickness of the walls which separate the kitchen from the living room

The floorboards of the room and the bedroom were brought from Brazil by the owner.

African tribal art and sacred art are displayed in this room.

Behind the living room sofa, a console with concrete bases holds two Florentine terracotta busts and antique lamps.

Next to a XVIII French chemist's cupboard a mahogany table and Victorian chairs purchased in Buenos Aires and an Italian ceramic stove brought from Florence.

A Portuguese mirror, serves as a headboard. A Becara rug covers part of the peroba wood flooring.

Victorian fireplace acquired in an antiques shop in Edinburgh. On it, a painting by artist Antonio Cuervas-Mons. A XVI century San Gregorio figure stands on a sculptor table trestle.

Stained glass on the arched doors that lead to the master bedroom and bathroom. On the chest a Sicilian XVII century torso and an antique marble head.

Antiques from Portugal Brazil and France on the fireplace in the bathroom. A XIX century portrait hangs on the wall.

Restored French sink and cast iron radiator. The sconces are XVIII century procession lanterns. Antique bars in the two circular windows.

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  1. The blue kitchen table with the mismatched chairs are my favorite.

  2. Oh Kifus, the stone and exposed bricks and!! Have a great weekend ~

  3. Oh my GOD! I want the whole thing! I never like anythis "as-is"...until now!
    That is utterly awesome!
    Thanks for taking the time to post this!

  4. A true original. What a wonderful blending of textures and time frames. This one, I would move into, almost exactly as it is. Well, with the exception of the animal head and fish fossil. I am not quite certain about the bathroom, might be just a bit over the top, when it comes to contrasts.

    All and all though, truly one of my most favorite. I do think it is the contrast of texture and form that creates the totality of effect.

    Just wonderful. Thank YOU


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