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!