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The spectacular mansion of American jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke

Elizabeth Locke, is a designer of American High Jewelry, little known in Spain, but a celebrity in the United States, who lives in a house more extravagant How functional. In advance I will tell you that her style seems far-fetched, but in fact seeing her designs in jewelry, her house can no longer identify with her.

Located in the spectacular forests of Virginia, it dates from 1816. Clay hill It has been properly restored and installed the last Technological advances, although the decoration is an amalgam of times and styles. Locke, who uses ancient elements such as Roman coins, 18th-century Italian mosaics and mother of pearl in her line of handmade jewels, has created a house in her image and likeness.

Considered a visionary in decoration, Elizabeth Locke He showed his house in 1997 in House & Garden magazine, commenting:

If you are lucky enough to have the original carpentry and house closures, then for God's sake, you have to keep them. Everything else is mere decoration and should reflect the taste of the owner at that time. He Gray It is my favorite color of a room, it is incredibly elegant, but it is rarely used.

The interior decorator, Alison Martin He has worked with Locke for the past 20 years, it was he who decided to paint the walls in bright yellow and matte bands of the living room, in contrast to the peacock blue upholstery of the sofas.

In the Renaissance-style master bedroom, the walls are covered with frescoes and the ceiling sports a cheating (trompe l'oeil) made by two Florentine artists. Locke confesses a love of the style of Florence, where she lived for some years.

Library, meanwhile, went from red to green and gold. According to the owner of the house:

I once saw a color jade library in Venice and it was stored in my mind for future use, to original woodwork and shelving vintage Gold leaf was applied to them as a reference to the binding tools. I was looking to cheer up the atmosphere, it's not about ostentation. "

Lobby Y dining room they are more dazzling, because of the incredible collection of art and antiques American and European (some inherited, others bought at auctions), although he insists that it is not a museum of decorative arts, but a lived house.

Despite these impressive spaces, the family likes to be in the kitchen, so a 1,350 square meter wing was designed with a large kitchen and dining room, linked to the main house by a living room and the lobby. Facade materials such as painted limestone and wooden boards were used to reproduce the stucco masonry of the old structure.

The garden designer Sue Bowman, designed the landscaping It has brick paths, Italian-inspired stone walls, boxwood beds, the centerpiece being a 19th-century winter garden.

According to Locke:

I am sure that if the original Clay Hill builders could see it today in its current form, they would probably be amazed and amused.

Well, I will tell you that although the decoration of Elizabeth Locke's house It is, clearly, excessive for European taste, where "less is more" is usually the maximum, there are impressive furniture ... What do you think?

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