Living Room Tours: Albertina

Next up in for our room tours is Albertina (who doesn’t have a blog or website yet, but has plans to start one this month or soon! Exciting!!). I am loving her fearless living room with the ‘just right’ pops of color. Thanks for sharing, Albertina!

“The color of the walls is Benjamin Moore-Palladian Blue (HC-144)- flat. A lot of people have asked me the name and I love it too. I think the first thing we did in the living room after picking out the wall color was decide on color of the drapes. They had to be something that would go well with a beautiful trim my mom had given me that is about 40 years old and hand-made in Spain. I love how the walls color and curtains + trim look together.

This is the hand made trim. It is a from store in Madrid called Galon. The paradise of trim. If I ever move from this house that trim is coming with me!

“I love having this separate seating area in the living room. At parties I have noticed that it is the men that really use and enjoy these chairs. They are actually part of my dining room set but decided they look better in the living room. The paintings are from a Colombian artist, Gonzalo Fuenmayor. I love his work and this diptych especially. Everyone inquires about it. The fabric on the chairs is from Clarence House and is very cozy. I love sitting here for a one-to-one conversation. Wing Chairs are from Lewis Mittman from about 35 years ago. White Stools are from Cyan Design but they have been discontinued.

“This is my favorite painting. It is by a french artist, Charon. It is a view of the Ligurean coast in Italy. I did not want to center on top of the mantel so I used the Foo Dogs (from Neiman Marcus) to balance it out. The pair of damask chairs are from Calico Corners.

“This dresser is an antique from Yale Burge a present from my mom. I love the color and the knobs. The mirror is coconut shell also from Yale Burge. The lamp is also vintage from Chapman (I don’t think this company exists anymore).

“I put together this corner around the painting. I love this painting for two reasons. One is the painting itself. I love the composition and the fact that the artist, my good friend Alfredo Paris, gave it to me as a present. He went to RISD and is an amazing artist. We went to grade school together and have saved some of his amazing drawings from he was 10 years old in case he would become famous one day! He now lives in China and is studying print making. I can’t wait to see his latest (sorry he doesn’t have a website). The other thing that I love is the frame. It works so well together with the painting. The desk is from Mecox. I love the black. When I bought it I realized how much I loved the black in the room and decided that I needed more black in the room to balance out all the color. So I looked for a rug with black. I could not believe it when I found the perfect rug with pink, black, and light blue accents. I felt like it was made for my living room!

“These side tables are from Crate and Barrel. The lemons are plastic. I tried having real lemons for a while but it became too much of a hassle to change them so often! The stand they are in is antique from Michael C. Fina. And the little ashtray is from Hermes, it has a cute scottish terrier in the middle.

“This pouf is flanked by two of my dining room chairs. I love the pairing here of Nicole Cohen’s painting (from Sketch 42) with the colors of the Clarence House fabric of my dining chairs and the blue candle holders. I have three painting from Nicole Cohen all through the house. I like her bright, abstract style. Here’s a link to her etsy store.

“Painted Portraits! Interesting topic. I think so many of them are cheesy, but I love this one. Is it because its of me? or because an amazing Spanish artist, Macarron, painted it? or maybe because I’m used to seeing it all these years? Not sure, but think its pretty cool. I feel like it is a treasure in my home. I love the seriousness of it and how it looks against that blue wall. The side table is from Baker Furniture (Similar here)

Thanks again for sharing, Albertina!! Now, get going on that blog!! ;)
  1. Please try to get Albertina to share pictures of the rest of her home! Her living room is GORGEOUS!!! I found myself very curious to see her dining room, since some of the chairs are in the living room. She has exquisite taste.

  2. Beautiful! What I love best, apart from the great design, are Albertina's lovely comments to all the artwork and objects around the room! That makes it so special and personal, not like designer created rooms, were artwork and objects are often merely decorative with no real connection to the people who live there!
    Bravo!

  3. Such a great space! Love how all the unique, personal pieces come together. Albertina has done a fabulous job, and I'm so jealous of all her wonderful art!

  4. Her living room is beautiful. I love how it looks as it's been put together over time and looks elegant and homey. My favorite is when most of us are safe when choosing window treatments she was fearless and chose the pink ones, they look fab!!

  5. Anonymous

    Love the room! Where is the pouf from? Thanks.

  6. Esme

    very beautiful space!! thanks for sharing.

  7. Esme

    beautiful space. thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous

    I love the dining room side chair and would love to see the whole room.

  9. What a great eye she has!

  10. bevy

    this is stunning! I thought I was looking at something from Elle Decor. those drapes are fantastic! Albertina, get your blog going today!

  11. I am sort of happy she does not have a blog yet, or I would be missing so much goodness. Wow, what style. She reminds me of my friend Victoria who should participate in your Living Room tour.
    I am always wowed at what people do to create homes with such personality!
    pve

  12. Albertina,
    I hope you will create a blog for all of us to be inspired.
    Lovely home you have!
    pve

  13. Those drapes! Absolutely gorgeous room.

  14. Stunning home! Love all the accents but those drapes really make it.

  15. Kahli

    Wow she did a great great great job! I especially love those bright pink curtains. There is so much detail and uniqueness in her living room. I would love to see the rest of her home.

  16. This room is spectacular! Albertina, are you available as a decorating consultant? Your home looks so lovely and well thought out.

  17. Anonymous

    Lovely living room full of color and details!!! very elegant and cozy!!!!

  18. Blythe

    really beautiful! i love to see a really refreshing color scheme like this!

  19. I love her desk, and the flowers in the vase. A simple thing, but it brings a lot of texture and height. The antique dresser is really great too.

  20. Beautiful! What I love best, apart from the great design, are Albertina's lovely comments to all the artwork and objects around the room! That makes it so special and personal, not like designer created rooms, were artwork and objects are often merely decorative with no real connection to the people who live there!

  21. Such a unique, personal living room! I love how all of the art has a personal connection – just as art should be! What a great, throughtfully put together space.

  22. Anonymous

    This house is GORGEOUS! I adore these past few house you've profiled are incredible. I love the use of color- I am so over everything being neutral! Just lovely!

  23. Albertina

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I appreciate each and everyone! And thank you Jenny for this wonderful opportunity.

  24. Tanya

    The painted portrait is just fantastic! I think that's a dying art that should be brought back.

  25. Bonnie

    Wow!!! Love the hands and legs art and the sparks of bold yellow and pink!!!

  26. Cristina

    Albertina has exquisite taste! The way she was able to achieve harmony and balance in her living room while playing with contrast in her color and texture selection is just genius!

  27. LOVE hot pink curtains! I wanted them for my dining room but couldn't find them anywhere. Went with two Hot Pink dining chairs instead :-)

  28. Robyn

    gorgeous room!

  29. Becki

    Wow! That is an amazing room. I would love to spend some time there. I love the incorporation of so many personal effects.

  30. This is my fave so far. The little girl portrait of Albertina reminded me of a Goya and lo and behold her Goya book's spine pooped out at me.

  31. Excellent interior ideas. This is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Erin

    Albertina, you did an impressive job of beautifully combining items that I wouldn't have thought to put together! Love it. Now, where did you find those amazing hot pink drapes? Tempted to take the plunge myself!

  33. Michelle

    I love love Albertina's living room. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  34. Anonymous

    What about the rug? Where is that from? I adore it!

  35. Albertina is as stylish as it gets. Anyone who has the balls to select pink drapes is someone I wanna hang out it. Her living room is loaded with treasures and items that all have a personal story to share. That's a space that puts the "living" in living room. So happy she now has a blog because I read her all the time!

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