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Monday, 10 November 2014

Let me take you to a captivating 18th-century retreat

Hello everybody!

It's been ages since the last time I've taken you on a house-tour. Stolling down online pages of Architectural Digest, I have stumbled upon an amazing house; and I must take you on a tour.


Anyone who has spent time at Villar joins in the Agnelli traditions. Morning hikes in the foothills of the Alps are typically followed by chess and Scrabble in the garden room. European newspapers are stacked in strategic spots, and books in Italian, French, and English are arranged in baskets on a large table, ready for perusal.

The flamboyant Chinese Gallery is the centerpiece of Villar Perosa, 
the 18th-century Northern Italian estate 
that has been style leader Marella Agnelli’s country home since 1953. 
She restored the vaulted space with the help of French decorator Stephane Boudin.

A sofa designed by Stephane Boudin spans one end of the piano nobile’s main salon, 
which is decorated with panels of antique Chinese wallpaper; 
the Italian chandelier dates from the 18th century.

An 18th-century landscape by V. A. Cignaroli surmounts a sofa in another salon, 
while the easel holds a painting of the Marchioness of Prie,
 a former owner of the villa; the carpet is an antique Aubusson.

Card games were traditionally played in the salone da gioco, 
where 18th-century Piedmontese portraits 
of a king and queen of Sardinia are displayed.

Majolica plaques ornament the walls of a dining room; 
the furnishings are antique.

Paintings by Armando Spadini (left) and Emmanuel Gondouin hang in the library, 
which Agnelli and Stephane Boudin created in the 1950s; 
the sofa is a Boudin design. 
The floral pyramids, here featuring dahlias, are an Agnelli hallmark.

Finely pleated fabric lines the television room; 
an 1880s Louis Vivin painting of a heron hangs above the antique sofa, 
amid 19th-century botanical illustrations.

On the top floor, the suite belonging to Marella Agnelli
 is embellished with a lively floral pattern.

Decorated by Stephane Boudin in the 1950s,
 the Bishop’s Room features antique paintings set within carved moldings, 
an embroidered bed, and a Louis XV leather-clad sofa.

Bronze busts and portraits of family membersare displayed in the children’s wing, 
which wasconstructed in the 1920s; 
the doors lead to bedrooms, 
and the large circa-1927 group portrait depicts Gianni Agnelli (left), 
his sisters Susanna and Clara, 
and their half-American mother, Virginia Bourbon del Monte.

Flowered borders outline a bedroom in the children’s wing; 
beside the French doors hangs a painting by Constant-Joseph Brochart.

A loggia is outfitted with rattan and wicker furniture.

Yews and boxwood embrace the Gothic Revival family chapel.

A dash of glamour, to brighten-up the day.
I hope you liked it.


  1. Let me call the movers - and my fairy godmother - right now! :D Swoon, sigh, love. I have always been endlessly wild about OTT baroque 18th century style, so is definitely one of the types of amazing abodes that falls squarely into dream home territory for me. Could you imagine what it would really be like to live somewhere so incredibly opulent? I suspect it would be amazing, but at times perhaps a bit much, too, especially if you were (as I am) used to much (!!!) smaller dwellings. Still, I'd certainly hop that the chance if a genie or the aforementioned fairy godmother ever wanted to grant it to me. :D

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Do call them.
      I think we would be hosemates.. and sharing a house like that would be no problem, not only due to it's glamourous look, but also it's size is.. not something I'd know how to behave in.