Oscar de la renta’s spring 2012 fashion show was a highlight of ny fashion week. His homes are as impressive. one of my favorite homes is his colonnaded house at punta cana in the dominican republic. a perfect combination of high classicism and native traditions.

the colonial style home designed by archtect ernesto buch has been an inspiration for me throughout the years. Ivory linen slip-covered furniture, rattan seating and salvador gonzalez designed mahogany pieces anchor the house. blue and white porcelain, dendrobium orchids, coral, masses of books , pratesi bed linens and hurricanes create the warmth. gorgeous chinoiserie,  indian bone-inlaid , british colonial and ebony penwork antiques collected through the years provide the accents. every detail perfect and precise.

the beauty of the home is not only the gorgeous furniture pieces and accents, but also the open air floorplan. bright yellow, green, pink and turquoise bedrooms reflect the caribbean aesthetic. elegant and refined, as well as, casual and comfotrable. a perfect combination.

im busy planning my trip early next year to punta cana. cant wait to visit the birth place of a style icon and my inspiration.

grand staircase with coral displayed on brackets

living room showcasing blue and white porcelain and books

mahogany round table anchors living room with slip-covered sofas and rattan chairs

outdoor living area with multiple seating areas and stone console and center table

outdoor veranda with rattan seating and hurricane’s overlooking the caribbean

a view from the veranda

guest room with canopy bed

bone inlaid secretary with ivory accessories

guest bath with gorgeous venetian mirror

guest room with mahogany twin beds

guest bath with chinoiserie arm chairs

bright yellow guest room

white guest room with claw foot tub

bright turquoise bedroom

white bead-board bathroom with glass shower

bright green bedroom

tufted chaise nest to a stack of books

bathroom with john rosselli trumeau mirror and garden stool

entrance to house

entrance of house overlooking chapel


Photographs by francois halard


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