this past week i was in hong kong. before any long flight i need lot’s of reading material. i was beyond thrilled to find the new march issue of the world of interiors prior to boarding- it all begins here!
with lots of time in the air i was able to pour through this magazine- one of those issues you keep looking at over and over! perfect because i had the time- thank god!
starting with the cover, francis ford coppola’s italian palazzo margherita was the source of the over and over. several years ago francis became owner of one of bernalda’s, a small town in southern italy, three grand villa’s. bernalda was the home of francis’ grandfather, therefore a means to rekindling family ties over the past 5 decades.
francis hired interior designer jacques grange, i’m a huge admirer, to be his partner in renovating the palazzo. francis has now opened the doors of palazzo margherita as a hotel. the palazzo is the fifth and most luxurious in a collection of hotels owned by mr. coppola.
here is the best part- during the over and overs i recognized some of my favorite things- bunny William’s beeline home furniture and lighting collection kept reoccurring over and over, room after room! the more i looked the more excited i became- antique dealer and showroom owner john rosselli’s, bunny’s husband, furniture, mirrors and lighting were everywhere also. you must know by now that bunny and john are two of my favorites– my home is filled with their treasures, i’m their biggest fan!
well needless to say i am now palazzo margherita’s biggest fan also- the history, jacques grange’s design (especially the tile work), roberto bellantuono hand-painted walls and ceilings, pierantonio bonacina rattan furniture, bunny’s beeline and mr. rosselli’s everything!
long story short- i found a treasure just when i had the time- the perfect combination of unfamiliar and familiar, all beautiful, all inspiring, all simply another trip away!