SPACE. Not posting at least one interior photo per week just felt wrong somehow. This one belongs to Oscar de la Renta and his wife Annette's beautiful home in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. It appeared in the book Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles.
The photo is a scan from a spread in Vogue US (Nov. or Dec. 2008, I think) and there is a small part missing to the left, between the mirror and the bookcase, which slightly distorts the symmetry of the room. I couldn't find another large enough. There is so much in this room that catches my attention: the books and lamps, details like the black garden seat and wooden stool, the floors and the perfect balance of the room. The fact that the rug is torn only makes the room feel more personal and shows that this house has been lived in. I love it that someone like fashion designer Oscar de la Renta doesn't bother about such an insignificant detail as a torn rug. Not seen in the photo are white French doors that lead out to the veranda (seen here).
I am also drawn to the round table in the middle - not the style but the idea of such a table - decorated with personal home accessories and books. There is just something very appealing to a table like that. If you have enough room for a round table somewhere in your home then go for it, and don't forget the books!
It was architect Ernesto Buch that designed the house and for those of you who want to explore it further, please take a look at the links under photo credit.
It feels good to be back to blogging but it was nice spending some time in the sun and reading my new books. I even got another one last week, which I will tell you about later. Have a wonderful day!
François Halard for Vogue Living via Cote de Texas