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ELLE DECOR May 2020

ELLE DECOR is a fashion-savvy home decorating magazine for the new generation of design professionals and consumers who know exactly what they want. Get ELLE DECOR digital magazine subscription today to discover fashionable and inspirational products that bring couture chic to every room of your home.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
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Monthly
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10 Issues

in this issue

4 min
set in stone

FRANCES MAYES’S BEST-SELLING 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun inspired countless Italophiles to search for a run-down farmhouse in the gentle hills of Tuscany to restore and call their own. Stylist Annette Joseph chose a slightly different direction. In 2016, she and her husband, Frank, bought La Fortezza, a 12th-century fortress in Tuscany’s northwest corner, a wild and mountainous area known as the Lunigiana. “It was one of the first properties that we looked at,” says Joseph, an Atlanta-based food and prop stylist. “But it was in such disrepair. I couldn’t visualize it.” The rugged stone structure, built into a hill-side, was composed of four separate buildings on different levels. Originally constructed as a defensive tower in the 1100s, the fortress was later converted into a farmhouse. When Joseph first saw it in…

2 min
the long view

LIKE CANALETTOS COME TO LIFE, THE VIEWS dazzle from this Venetian pied-à-terre. Owner Nikki McCullagh, a design enthusiast who lives between Australia and London, enlisted the French interior designer Jacques Grange to restore this piano nobile apartment in a small palazzo on the Grand Canal. He worked with Venice-based architect Barbara De Stefano to streamline the space, enhancing its postcard views in three directions. The gallerylike decor was inspired by the interiors of the Italian modernist Carlo Scarpa. “I’m passionate about art, design, and decor,” says McCullagh, who rents out the apartment when she isn’t using it. “And about the personal journey one is afforded in the restoration of special historical spaces.”…

1 min
for the love of italy

IT’S NO SECRET THAT I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN ITALY. Whether it’s Venice for the biennale, Rome for the week-end, or the requisite Milan-Como design-and-unwind double feature, Italy is like a second home to me. My heart goes out to all of the victims of the tragedy that is sweeping the globe as I write this letter. The issue you have before you was conceived many months before the world had heard of COVID-19. It was created to celebrate Salone del Mobile, the annual design extravaganza in Milan. As of press time, the show has been postponed indefinitely; whenever it may happen, it is our sincere hope that the world will be rid of this virus. Needless to say, this issue has evolved into something else: a greater ode to…

3 min
heavens to etsy

FOR HIS SPRING 2020 collection, Joseph Altuzarra dressed his models in an array of crochet tank dresses and knit camisole tops that contrasted beautifully with his sharp tailoring. At the time, the fashion designer said that the inspiration for these luxuriously homespun pieces came, in part, from his love of knitting, which he learned from his mother. It turns out that Altuzarra has handicrafts on his mind in other ways. This month, he is unveiling a collaboration with Etsy, the digital company known for empowering small design entrepreneurs. Altuzarra has long been a fan of Etsy, which he uses as a resource for vintage fashion inspiration. He is also an avid personal consumer of the site’s home goods. Three years ago, he approached the brand about working together; the resulting collaboration…

1 min
what’s in a name?

Keith Williams The landscape architect is partial to fountain grass: “I love the softness and movement,” he says. $25 each. thegreenhousepnw.com Carolyne Roehm “Their petals remind me of a beautiful piece of thin taffeta silk,” the former fashion designer and style guru says of Oriental poppies. $17 each. bluestoneperennials.com Mark D. Sikes The decorator takes a “more is more” approach when it comes to myrtle topiaries: “I put them inside and outside,” he says. $64 each. unitednursery.com Charlotte Moss A longtime devotee of the bearded iris, she says: “My grand-mother had them, and I couldn’t wait to grow my own.” $7.50 each. gilberthwild.com…

2 min
always in fashion

ALL OF THE BUSINESS DEGREES and corporate handbooks in the world can’t teach the gut-centric prescience that has propelled Giorgio Armani’s success across a dizzying array of mediums. Among the many examples of this sixth sense, consider this year’s 20th anniversary of his shelter label Armani/Casa. Although he didn’t formally establish the interiors arm of his company until 2000, Armani designed his first piece for the home, the sharply silhouetted Logo lamp, in 1982—just seven years after founding his ready-to-wear label and long before many of his fashion colleagues delved into the domestic sphere. “It represents my first foray into a world I’ve always found fascinating,” says Armani of the lamp. “With its pure, geometric shape, it embodies the key elements of my design philosophy.” That signature aesthetic—coolly elegant, minimal, and…