Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Villa Cetinale

"The garden façade of Villa Cetinale, the 17th-century Tuscan residence of Ned and Marina Lambton, the Earl and Countess of Durham. Designed by Carlo Fontana for a nephew of Pope Alexander VII, the house was restored by architectBolko von Schweinichen and interior designer Camilla Guinness."

It must be so exciting to restore a place like this. I have always been attracted to renovations, there is something so rewarding in rescuing a gem from deterioration. I guess one of the things on my bucket list is to restore a grand old house. The gardens here are just as great as the house, which is something you don't find too often. The thing that attracted me most though besides the "great bones" are the grisaille paintings in the drawing room (in the second and third photo). They look so unusual. I just love grisaille. 

By the way, this villa belongs to Ned Lambton (and his wife model Marina Hanbury and daughter, above), guitarist of possibly the fakest country band ever, called Pearl, TN. This guy is the seventh Earl of Durham. I listened to a song of theirs, just out of curiosity. Country music is not very becoming for the aristocracy. Whatever, nice job with the house. 


  1. Coffee table books are one of my great pet peeves that I don't believe I've ever discussed with you.... the fact that the tufted green ottoman is covered with them is like nails on a chalkboard. Otherwise there are many thins to admire here, I love the eye candies. -N

    1. No I didn't know that, you are going to have to explain that to me. Some of my favorite books are coffee table books. I guess if you are trying to impress your guests with them, that's wrong but if you genuinely believe in the merit of the books on your coffee table, I see no problem.


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