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A Fashionable Home

The press team at Gucci must be working over time since creative director Frida Giannini's Italian Villa has just been featured in March InStyle magazine and April Harper's Bazaar. But I don't mind since it looks beautiful. I love sneaking a peak into European homes. They never fail to be sophisticated and elegant. Maybe it's due to the fact that they are filled with family heirlooms and antiques instead of stuff from Pottery Barn and West Elm. Whatever the reason, I think Giannini's home is a wonderfully decorated space and who else could incorporate over 7,000 albums inherited from an uncle looks like art in the sitting room above.

Forgive the terrible scan from InStyle but I couldn't resist including the fabulous 19th-century marble fireplace and the custom bookshelves in the living room.

A 1930's cabinet holds chic art books, blackamoor candle holders and even a Barbie. Nice to see she has a sense of humor.

"This 1968 Arne Jacobsen Egg chair in original leather took five years to track down. The sideboard is 1930s Italian art deco."

A 1940s black Murano-glass chandelier pops against the white walls in the dining room that includes a French art deco dining table and chairs.

A tablescape with coral is temporary composition. "I think a house should always be a work in progress," says the designer.

What would a fashion designer home spread in a magazine be without the requisite product placement, hence the Gucci bag on the fur bedspread in the bedroom with mirrored bed and nightstand.

"In some ways, the master bathroom is the most important room in the house," say Giannini. And with marble walls and a custom Boffi tub, I'd say so too.

You may not be able to afford a $2,000 Gucci handbag but you can certainly take some free decorating advice from the Gucci designer. "There is really no point in having wonderful things if you don't surround yourself with them all the time. That's what makes a house feel warm and safe. And when you feel comfortable in your home, you feel like you can do anything you want to there." Now that's luxury.

Photos by Anders Overgaard for and Oberto Gili


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