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Lorenzo Castillo, one of the most important interior designers in Spain and one big reference of the world contemporary interior design, tells to Architectural Digest, all the amazing history about his getaway house at the north coast of his country.
Here we show you some of this amazing history: -quoted from Architectural Digest Magazine–
Once upon a time, in the early 1900s, the glamorous Marquesa de Argüelles cast her eyes upon the tiny Asturian whaling port of Ribadesella and its small but perfectly curved, eminently promising beach. On that stretch of sand facing the Cantabrian Sea, she constructed a seven-bedroom house. It was an austere building, the white stucco walls and red-clay roof tiles echoing the region’s farmhouses. Castillo’s paternal grandparents fell in love with this city in the 30s and decided to buy the Marquesa’s house as an escape from the sweltering heat of Madrid. Was the place where the family relaxed when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, and was where they stayed with heated only put down chimneys during wet winters, until the bloodshed ended three years later security. Then, when Castillo was a teenager, his mother sold the place.
“It was terrible. I had spent every summer of my childhood there,” Castillo remembers, adding that to make matters worse subsequent owners turned the property into a hotel. But a couple of years ago he and Alfonso Reyero, his partner in life and business, were on holiday in Ribadesella and looked up at the house right at the moment a for-sale sign was placed in a window. “I couldn’t believe it,” Castillo says, recalling that he fumbled for his mobile phone and rang the real-estate agent immediately. Soon the place was his, and he hoped to make it an important part of his life again, restoring the original spirit of his grandparents’ home, though with a decor designed to be more fun and carefree. And he installed central heating so the rooms could be used year-round.”
(credits to Architectural Digest)
Lorenzo Castillo says that the big difference between decorating a home for yourself and doing it for someone else; is that you can use absolutely all the design elements that you love and the historic coastal designer’s villa, contains everything this trendsetter loves: powerful patrons, mix exquisite furniture and many relatives all around. Definitely a design inspiration!
This incredible Spanish interior design gurú, showed some of the magnificent interiors of his villa: