Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Lights, lights, lights in the garden! Absolutely wonderful. There was one thing I missed terribly about Spain and that was the ambience at night. Particularly in the garden at Villa l’Africaine. Every night, as soon as the sky started to change colour the lights came on and it was magical. We’re not quite there yet, but it’s a good start.
In another corner of number 42, a Kashmir silk rug has been incorporated into the decor. The rug in the red room was tired. Exhausted, to be honest. It had endured many dogs and many accidents and it was time to let it rest in piece. As the TV is in the red room we wanted something warm and comfortable. The panels design is based on Persian Bakhtiaris, but in Kashmir they make them in silk, which is more pleasant to the touch than wool.
And finally … drum-roll please:
An Andre Vivrel of what looks like Cap Frehel, but doesn’t quite match so it’s somewhere else up there. The colours are spectacular. I also love the sky. Not sure if it stays or goes so let’s say for now it stays and may eventually go.
Oh, yes, work has finally begun on Summer Girl n. 2’s bathroom. Super exciting. The tiles are hand made Spanish with a celadon type crackle glaze. Gorgeous.