Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 16:08
In decorator Pedro Espírito Santo’s frescoed Lisbon, Portugal, salon, an 1860s Orientalist painting is flanked by foil bouquets. The gilt-wood fauteuil is antique, the cocktail table is Asian, and the needlepoint carpet was custom made
Espírito Santo and Marta Amaral, a feng shui consultant who often works with him, in the dining room
In the salon, a Chinese mirror painting overlooks a Victorian sofa as well as a 19th-century lamp atop an Empire pedestal table from the Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation.
A large canvas by Paulo Damião is mounted above an 18th-century Portuguese demilune table and an Art Deco lamp in the living room.
A sitting room that also serves as a guest room features a circa-1890 Italian painting of a Native American and a pair of Scottish landscapes; Espírito Santo designed the chair.
In the dining room, Victorian side chairs and vintage bergères surround a mahogany pedestal table atop an Aubusson carpet; a leafy light fixture centers the ceiling, though Espírito Santo prefers to dine by candlelight.
Keeping watch over the kitchen are a 17th-century statue of Saint Francis of Assisi (far left) and a 19th-century Italian porcelain figure (on the marble island); the decorative tiles are 18th-century azulejos.
Antique Portuguese chairs are grouped with a bamboo table and a 19th-century sideboard in the kitchen’s breakfast area; the portrait is English.
A room that was decorated with trompe l’oeil swagged draperies in the 18th century has become a bath; the chair and table are both Portuguese.
In the bedroom hangs a large painting by Pedro Espírito Santo; he also devised the headboard and the carpet, the chair is a French antique, the corner cabinet is 19th century, and the French lamps are made of painted glass.
The designer in his studio.