In Argentina, especially, there are so many styles and periods that come together to say "Argentina." Brought by our European ancestors, there is a wealth in Argentina of European antiques. I grew up experiencing the beauty of these pieces, whether French or Italian, and have blended them together into a style that is uniquely me.
Although Buenos Aires is rich in culture and style, there are so many "estancias" (villas or estates) in Argentina that are hidden gems for style and design inspiration.
One of my all time favorite places is Estancia "El Colibri" in Cordoba, Argentina. It is a charming colonial-style estancia set in the beautiful Argentine countryside near Cordoba, an excellent horse riding destination. Here, you can experience the gorgeousness of the Argentina while surrounded by stunning mountains. But what I like the most, is the European flavor that surrounds the interior and exterior of Colibri.
The masculinity of the walnut French chairs and varnished brick floors is balanced by the delicate beauty and bountiful crystals on the Italian chandeliers and sconces. It is not surprising that they are so similar to my own line of handcrafted Italian chandeliers and sconces. Perhaps one of those childhood memories that inspire you as an adult.
Clean modern lines in the linen covered sofas lend the perfect casualness to the living room. The Belgian linen Roma sofa from my own collection would fit right in.
Although Polo is known to be the sport of the English, they brought it with them to Argentina. Polo is very much alive and well in Argentina and can be seen throughout the countryside. El Colibri has a polo field and 45 polo ponies.
If you are ever in Argentina and want to experience true country luxury, you must stay at one of several estancias offered for vacation rentals. For information on El Colibri or any of its sister properties go to www.estanciaelcolibri.com. I hope you enjoyed your stay!