The Colours of Alentejo

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An eclectic style, the decor is marked by strong colors, and rich textures and patterns. The porch is the meeting point of the family during the hot Alentejo summer.

A haven on the countryside, in Borba, as happy as the family moments that it keeps under lock and key. All with Ana Proenca’s signature touch.

This century-old house in Borba, Alentejo, belonging to several generations of a family, has been completely refurbished. The typical traits of the construction were kept, such as the porch in front of the house, which is the destination of choice for hot afternoons and serves as an outdoor living room, surrounded by a garden with fully matured trees. The six bedrooms and large living room have been completely renovated, preserving only a few pieces that have sentimental value.

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The old barns and stables have given way to a large living room. This space is the centerpiece of the family, which in winter gathers around the fireplace. A balance of floral patterns with geometric shapes, like zebra skin or streaks of light, to a relaxed atmosphere.

Being the countryside, I wanted to keep the floral patterns present. Strong colours are also a tribute to the lush countryside as well as the plants and flowers indoors, in a vibrant and almost baroque style.

I chose to keep floors and walls in neutral colours and use colourful accessories and furniture. “I love color. I love a touch of colour here and there, on various elements. I also think it’s important to surround ourselves with what we like, so we kept and recycled several pieces, such as the bedside tables, and old sewing machine, an old iron (in the room), old dishes and even some farm implements,” says interior designer Ana Proenca.

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The author of this project is an architect and one of the decorators of the program ‘Querido Mudei a Casa’ (Honey I Changed the House), on SIC Mulher. Coordinator and teacher of the Interior Design course of Magestil School, she has an architectural and interior design studio, Spacemakers, which allows her to combine her two passions: architecture and decoration.

Source: Activa Magazine issue nº 273 (August 2013)
Photo: Ana Garrido

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