Thursday, March 03, 2016
A Continental Take on Christmas Decor
It might seem strange to post a cache of Christmas photos when the holidays are well behind us and Spring is right around the corner. But when said Christmas photos involve lots of blue and white ceramics and alluring fabrics, then no time seems the wrong time to post them.
The photos seen here, which show the home of Madrid-based designer Lorenzo Castillo, appeared in the December issue of Vogue Espana- which, by the way, only just landed at my local newsstand a few weeks ago. Castillo's work, a curious blend of styles that seem to reflect the designer's catholic tastes, has earned him fans not just in Europe but on these shores as well. Castillo's eclectic sensibility is on full display in his own home, an enticing mix of Chinese porcelains, Asian-motif fabrics, flamestitch velvet, and glimmers of gilt. Looking at this somewhat baroque and rather maximalist decor, I am reminded of Duarte Pinto Coelho and Hutton Wilkinson, both designers whose work has more than a soupçon of flair.
While my American sensibility requires a Christmas celebrated in more traditional fashion- think Fraser Firs, red ribbon, and even the token Nutcracker- I like way in which Castillo marked his Christmas in high style. The effect is as rich as a Christmas confection- and every bit as delicious.
All photos from Vogue Espana, December 2015, Aaron Serrano photographer.