Veranda May - June 2015

VERANDA is a forum for the very best in living well. Always gracious, and never pretentious, we keep readers abreast of the finest in design, decorating, luxury travel, and more, inspiring them with beauty and elegance. VERANDA is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look.

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what’s online

HEAD TO OUR ALLNEW WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INSPIRATION, AND RESOURCES. follow us Our treasure trove of fabulous residences—from alpine chalets to Provençal bastides—will give you a wealth of great ideas. Feast Your Eyes Hungry for more stoneware to set a spectacular table? Serve yourself a second helping with dazzling designs that are the epitome of good taste. Hop On a House Tour Designer Beth Webb narrates a behind-the-scenes audio slideshow on the Costa Rican compound she helped create for an Atlanta family. Jet-Set Advice The style makers we feature in our Summer Guide have plenty to say about destinations such as Patmos, San Miguel de Allende, and Aspen. Check out more of their favorite haunts. Image Is Everything Designer Alexa Hampton takes over our Instagram account in May—a surefire source for sensational seasonal inspiration. @verandamag CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: MIKKEL VANG;…

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the view from veranda

“The Italians have an expression, dolce far niente, which means ‘delicious idleness...the sweetness of doing nothing.’ This time of year, it seems particularly relevant.” It’s increasingly difficult to find moments of quiet, those tiny bits of time for oneself. Today, I found mine by walking to work. I don’t do it every day, as I should. Trekking that mile-and-a-half often seems as big a task as climbing Everest. Yet I realize how important a little sunlight and fresh air are to my well-being. It sounds so simple, really, but we often barrel through our days saddled to a desk chair, unconscious of our surroundings. As little as 30 seconds of fresh air is enough for me to forge ahead with an afternoon’s worth of meetings. And if getting outside isn’t on…

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summer agenda

We asked a wayfaring group of in-the-know designers, artists, and tastemakers to share the skinny on their seasonal escapes. “A hike to Crested Butte in early August, when the wildflowers are in full bloom.” Paula Crown ARTIST, ASPEN Her drawings and sculptures refract topography into haunting geometries, so it’s not surprising that the Chicago-based Crown escapes to the dramatic landscape of the Rockies to refresh and unwind. The alpine enclave abounds with summer arts festivals; farmers’ markets offer peak peaches, corn, and tomatoes; and high-altitude sunshine beckons everyone outdoors. Anne-Marie Midy DESIGNER, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE Artisans in this colonial Mexican town craft the rugged yet refined furnishings Midy creates with her husband for their Casamidy line. Cobblestone streets wind past centuries-old townhouses in an array of vivid shades, bells ring out from the neo-Gothic…

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set the scene

You’ll want pillows in that punchy, vivid leaf pattern, Roman shades in the primitivist, coral-colored geometric, and why not a bedspread in the lush, tutti-frutti botanical with all the verve of a Josef Frank print? The sun’s out, the garden is blooming, the windows are thrown open to the breeze—there’s no better time for freshening up your rooms with a vibrant range of eye-catching fabrics in candy-counter hues.…

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personal luxuries

Hotelier and designer Francesca Bonato conjures rapturous, gypsy chic in a primeval part of Mexico. “What’s truly beautiful is being able to give back to a country that has given us so much.” it’s so romantic, it seems scripted: In 2003, while on a business trip, Fran ces ca Bonato wandered onto a beach near Mayan ruins in the Yucatán hamlet of Tulum and met her future husband, Nicolas Malleville. He was a model living off the grid in a house without electricity; she was on staff at the Italian embassy in Paris. Bonato relocated to Mexico in 2007. “It was very hippie and wild,” she says of their life then. “We woke with the sun and went to bed when it set.” But the sleepy village Bonato and Malleville called home has…

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objects of desire

The classic gold link bracelet is the accessory equivalent of the little black dress—casual or formal, it goes with practically everything.…