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A Bulgari Riad: A Sophisticated Jewel Box of Color

The Bulgari name is synonymous with fine Italian jewelry dating back to the 1800’s and their exquisite pieces have garnered them worldwide brand recognition. Their beautiful jewels have been worn by the rich and famous and I won’t be surprised to see some their gemstone pieces show up on the red carpet tomorrow night for the Oscars (will you be watching?). Even artists took note of the fine jewelry house with Andy Warhol once saying, “For me, calling at Bulgari’s shop is like visiting the best exhibition of contemporary art.” I have oohed and ahhed inside their store so I can’t say I would disagree with that statement.

The family of Maite and Paolo Bulgari, the great-grandson of Bulgari’s founder, recently opened up their family home to be featured in the recent issue of Galerie Magazine. It took five years to build the two-story, seven bedroom Marrakech riad that is overflowing with exquisite details and fine quality craftsmanship (oh, those amazing ceilings!). They called upon Pablo Paniagua, a designer from Madrid, Spain, to create a home that “embraces the local culture while avoiding a predictable ye olde Marrakech look.” I’m typically not big on color in my own home but the Bulgari home is a sophisticated jewel box of color that is definitely something I could find myself living in. You can read more about it here.

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The Home of Isabel López-Quesada

I’ve highlighted the work of interior designer Isabel López-Quesada in the past but never posted images of her own home until today. She lives with her husband and their children on a tree lined street in the El Viso neighborhood of Madrid, Spain. The home sits on the site of a former wax factory, built in 1931, which was transformed into a beautiful home for her and her family. Uniting styles isn’t something everyone can pull off successfully but Isabel was able to combine traditional and contemporary elements and still make the home feel fresh, modern, and comfortable. She sums it up the best:

A house, like a person, should blend traditions and modernity. –Isabel López-Quesada


Isabel’s home was featured in Architectural Digest in 2012 and also in a recent issue of Milieu Magazine. It’s been 5 years since Architectural Digest featured her home but you can spot a few subtle changes that were made to the home in the Milieu Magazine pictures, shown below as a collection “before” and “after” pictures. I guess as a designer you are always tinkering. Honestly, I can’t fault her since that is something I am guilty of myself! 

BEFORE (2012):Isabel López-Quesada home living room before

AFTER (2017): Proof that swapping out accessories is sometimes all that is needed to create a fresh, new look.isabel lopez quesada madrid

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AFTER (2017): The dining room was overhauled with a completely new look.sabel lopez quesada dining room

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AFTER (2017): The pictures capture two different angles of the library. From what I can tell, it looks like only minor changes to the mantle accessories were made.
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AFTER (2017): Okay, I cheated….this isn’t a true “before” and “after”, but I wanted to point out that the artwork has moved. I actually like it better in this more prominent location because it seemed to get lost in space before. isabel lopez quesada madrid

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AFTER (2017):  Here is Isabel in her dressing room. The actual closet design, desk, desk lamp, and chair remain the same. She must have thought, “why mess with a good thing??!!!”isabel lopez quesada madrid

BEFORE (2012):isabel lopez quesada bedroomAFTER (2017): The master bedroom has some significant changes with respect to the bedding and accessories. I actually prefer the new look since the room feels like a more elegant, yet relaxing space. I love the soothing neutral color palette.
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Unfortunately, I don’t have the corresponding “before” and “after” pictures for all rooms. But here are a few extra pictures from Milieu Magazine to show you what some of the other areas of the house currently look like. Isn’t it lovely?

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If you want to read more about the home, check out the Architectural Digest article here. 

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Do you ever feel that searching the internet is like going down a rabbit hole? This morning I was searching for something online…at this point, I don’t even remember what I was looking for! But my search led me to the website of interior designer Isabel Lopez-Quesada, headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Isabel opened her design firm in 1983 at the age of 20 and has been fortunate to have a very successful career that includes residential and corporate clients based around the world. She has quite the flair for marrying traditional decor and details with sleek and contemporary touches. In fact, she is quoted as saying “A house, as a person, must combine tradition and modernity”. I couldn’t agree with her more. Enjoy the post today that highlights some of the beautiful spaces showcased in Isabel’s portfolio.