Peruvian Gem

By: Jennifer Culp – Interior Designer
Contributor’s website: JC Design Studios
When I first came across fashion photographer Mario Testino’s spread in Vogue I nearly had a heart attack!  This is it.  This is EXACTLY what my dream house would look like.  When I realized it was his house that he decorated (and then shot himself) I almost had another heart attack.  How can someone be this talented??  This house is over the top amazing, and layered with so many interesting materials and artifacts, it is difficult to know where to look first.  Testino was true to his Peruvian roots and created an eclectic landscape of midcentury mixed with colonial Spanish.  It is a very distinct look that I find fascinating.  Check out his Los Angeles spread…
The artwork in here looks fantastic against the crisp white walls and dark floors

The heavy dark Spanish pieces also contrast beautifully with all the white.

This exotic outdoor chair fabric makes the entire patio… you can tell this is a well traveled man.

Simply gorgeous… from the plantings to the pool deck.
This house made me realize how much I love this eclectic, global vibe.  Here are some other great examples of this artsy, bohemian look…
This Manhattan loft uses lots of Brazilian furniture from Espasso to create a natural, organic space.
And this fabulous Hamptons house is mid century eclectic.  Note all the textures and layering happening…

And we’ll end with this cool central park apartment


Design Tip:
As Testino so eloquently put it… “I like the idea of things that show your travels around the world- show your life.  And I enjoy the idea of all the different cultures meeting here.  Japan meets Peru, Peru meets America, America meets England, England meets Denmark, Denmark meets France, you know.  Total integration of cultures.  I guess it’s the future, no?”
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Contributor’s website: JC Design Studios
Images: Vogue; Espasso; Nathan Egan Interiors, Damon Liss Interiors, In Plus, Inc.
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