Steeped in history and glamour, this sprawling mansion built in the 19th century was restored to its former glory by Portugal-based interior designer Gracinha Viterbo. Tucked amidst other historic buildings in the cosmopolitan Chiado neighbourhood in Lisbon, the property’s historic shell formed a perfect backdrop for a dramatic transformation.
Think the stuff of Bridgerton dreams—a glamorous, exuberant and colour aesthetic that is reminiscent of modern takes on period dramas, including the aforementioned Netflix hit series.
“The clients contacted us after they purchased this completely abandoned and half-destroyed palace,” recalls Viterbo. “With a river as well as a castle view, it needed complete restoration and renovation, and they knew we were experts in this area. We were assigned the full project, and we followed through from A to Z, from full interior architecture to interior design.”
Viterbo, who helms her namesake design firm, believes that “every client has a style and every project has a story”. “We have worked all over the world and experienced diverse cultures,” she explains. “We’re also adept at listening to our clients and working with them to elevate every moment in their homes.”
The clients, who are art and antique collectors with a passion for design, desired to have spaces where they could host conversations easily, as they often entertain and host guests. They also specifically requested a hairstyling corner, a wine cellar, and a pantry area where they could store extra dinnerware for their large parties.
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