My husband and I recently returned from an unbelievable trip to the French and Italian Riviera. I feel absolutely lucky, even privileged to have been able to see what we did; just want to expose myself to as much as possible and soak it all up. This trip was almost overwhelming with beauty and inspiration… there is just no way to appropriately sum it all up. So I won’t even try. Instead, over the next few weeks, I will take you with us, one stop at a time.
And so, our fist stop is to the sea-side village of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and the fabulous Villa Kerylos. This place really shifted my brain into overdrive. Built in the early 1900’s by Theodore Reinach and his wife Fanny, the home was meant to feel like an authentic and luxurious, ancient Greek villa, but with certain modern amenities (like indoor plumbing). One could really sense M. Reniach intellectual approach to the arhicterure and the design.
What I couldn’t get over was the architectural details: vast and complex at times, and simple at others. And despite it all, the place felt clean, uncluttered, refined, edited…
And then the color combinations: the subtle sienna fresco wall base mixed with rust red, chalk white…
And the mosaics, the wonderful mosaics: I see patterns dancing in my head that I hope to translate for future projects.
Come tour Villa Kerylos with us!
Insanely beautiful, huh!