Journey around my decor: where to go for interior inspiration

Where should we visit this summer for interior design inspiration?

I’m not very good at sitting on vacation. As I get older, I admit that the idea of ​​staying horizontal on the beach for an extended period of time is attractive. But more often than not, I’m on my feet after 10 minutes and ready to get to know the nearest gallery, museum, or beautiful interior. Looking at and appreciating beautiful rooms, gardens, and things refreshes my eyes and makes my mind swing.

So, where do we go? I suggest planning a proper trip and finding a charming place to stay. Hotels, B&Bs, and rentals can be a great source of design inspiration, so look at it this way: A mini-break may not only provide a vacation, but spark ideas as well. In essence, it’s all research!

Where is on my list? I’m intrigued by Glebe House, a kind of agriturismo set in the rolling green hills of East Devon but only three miles from the coast. The house is managed by Hugo and Olive Guest and has six bedrooms. The on-site bakery and aging room offer homemade bread, pastries, charcuterie and pickles. The comments I’ve read about the restaurant are enough to get me into the next high-speed service to the western country: Think of a simple Italian-influenced dinner using local produce and small pieces of the garden.

The interiors, created by Studio Alexandra, take its cue from the Bloomsbury Group (a big old sign from me) and feature a charming mix of furniture from different periods. I often find that the interiors of good country inns are nothing to write home about: damn too much plain cream linen. I’m not quite sure why this look came up. To appeal to the masses, perhaps? This is not the case at Glebe House, where thoughtful colors and pattern combinations abound.

Kettle’s Yard Gallery at Cambridge University © Paul Allitt

The place I’m most looking forward to visiting this summer is Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, which recently reopened after a £6m renovation. The 17th-century mansion was for 25 years the family home of William Morris, arts and crafts champion and pioneering designer, artist, author, and social activist.

After a three-year closure for structural repairs, the rooms have been remodeled to give a more authentic impression of what they would have looked like during Morris’ time in the 19th century. The arrangement of furniture and objects, as well as the choice of new paint colors and Morris wallpapers, have been reported through visual or written sources referenced during extensive research. I can’t wait to see the result: I hope there is a lot of atmosphere.

If you’re looking for brighter, lighter spaces, how about a trip to Kettle’s Yard? Home cottage museums are often the first port I turn to when I visit a city, even on the big guns. The experience is quieter and more intimate. Kettle’s Yard, the University of Cambridge’s gallery of modern and contemporary art, is full of inspiration.

There is an impressive collection of 20th century art. But I’m also talking about the sofas and armchairs, the tiled floors, the tapestries and collections of objects in the museum, which have remained as they were when Jim and Helen Eddy, two famous 20th-century art collectors, lived. at home.

Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire

Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire © Chris Challis / Society of Antiquaries of London

Of course, Italy is always ahead of the trump card. I was in Naples recently with some friends, and one of them mentioned an exhibition she wanted to visit to honor a particular painting. The Gallerie d’Italia (which has branches in Milan, Turin and Vicenza) turned out to be a highlight of our stay in southern Italy.

Star exhibits include Caravaggio and an impressive collection of Greek pottery found in Athens, Apulia, and Lucania. The building itself is an elegant somewhat rugged viewing platform designed by Marcello Piacentini at the end of the 1930s, which was once the headquarters of the Banco di Napoli.

Then, we walked around. I would love nothing more than to let myself get lost in an Italian town, for almost every street would offer some kind of delicious aesthetic gem: a gallery or a church, perhaps; A stone fountain built into a wall. painted shop sign; window shape. Keep your eyes open – inspiration can come when you least expect it.

Admittedly, after a day of doing culture on the hot and sticky streets of Naples, I was more than willing to sip and sunbathe. One needs the best of both worlds on vacation, don’t you think?

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