palazzo margherita

September 17, 2012

“Here the concept is a 19th-century palazzo with a patina of age. But then there are a million details to get right if it’s to work as a 21st-century hotel.” (x)

Imagine spending a slow morning in the Sofia room, breakfast en famille in the kitchen, followed by a long soak in the jewel box of a bathroom: blush-pink walls and a Moorish ceiling painted in jewel tones on a background of delphinium blue, with doors open to the terrace. (x)

“Its magic gardens, the family gathering in the magnificent salon for whatever purpose: celebrations, intimate teas, evenings of films…”

All have indulgent bathrooms, luxurious linens and state-of-the-art technology. Some of the rooms have a large terrace or a Juliette balcony from which you can look down on the cloistered garden with its fruit trees and bougainvillea and the secluded 10-metre swimming pool at the far end. At night with the windows open perhaps you’ll hear the gentle splashing of the ornate baroque fountain. Fresh flowers in every room make you feel as if an aged family retainer in a starched apron has just left them there especially for you. (x)

…the high point came with Sofia’s wedding this past summer to Thomas Mars, frontman for the French band Phoenix.
“It was such a great setting,” Sofia says. “Our friends all gathered in the garden, and we had a small ceremony at the end of a trellis walk with rosé from my father-in-law’s winery, Chateau Thuerry, and prosecco at the bar after.” (x)

“Hotels are always a little world in themselves,” Coppola said. (x)
“Versailles was like a hotel, too.” (x)


marla & malin start the day

January 13, 2012

(Marla Farrell: sous style; Malin Elmlid: freunde von freunden)

7:30 a.m. As soon as I’m done, I grab The New York Times.  News alerts and the web are great, but I’m an old soul at heart and the paper is one of the best ways to get a snapshot of the world.  I start thinking about the day and strategizing for how I will fit it all in.  I’m off to my best thinking spot, the shower.

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