Design Daily – portraits and perspectives

Design by Elise Valdorcia, Côté Sud, Oct-Nov 2006 as seen on
Côté Sud, Oct-Nov 2006

Maisons Côté Sud Magazine

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I was putting together today’s post and while the image was uploading, my mind wandered. I was lost in thought until I found myself focusing in on a novel here in my bookcase next to my desk…”Venus of Urbino” was looking back at me and seemed to be suggesting this folly here. 

It’s interesting isn’t it?  How a single piece of art has the potential to change our entire perceptual experience of a room?

Two novels by Sarah Dunant:  
Jacket art:  Tiziano Vecellio, “Venus of Urbino”
Uffizi, Florence

Jacket art:  Raphael, detail of Saint Barbara
from Sistine Madonna 1512

Update:  Just received a lovely message 
(see comments below) 
from the designer of this room:  
Elise Valdorcia

  ~A very talented interior designer, 
sculptor and furniture designer.  
So happy you introduced yourself, Elise!   

Elise talks about l&l [here]

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Posted in $100 gift card, 11Inspiration File, Art, candlesticks, fireplace, Maisons Côté Sud, mantelpiece, portrait, Sarah Dunant, slipcovered chair, topiary, Venus of Urbino, wood beam ceiling, wood coffee table.


  1. Oh my, so beautiful pictures! In the end I will subscribe to "Coté Sud", I know! But I can't, I have subscriptions to so many magazines that I hardly find the time to read them all!!! Thank you for the nice words you left on my blog, I love your love for Italy!I hope to see you soon, Fra

  2. Wow the impact of the paintings is amazing – so tangibly different when changed over.
    The first room felt cold and a bit too sober for me, where as with the second painting, I feel much more at ease..

    Brilliant post.

    x Charlotta

  3. Hello, I know, we are on 2012 but before, I had no time to read blog and have a FB profil. Now, it is done and I find a lot of photos of houses in Provences I have decorated. My name is Elise Valdorcia, I am french, and interior decorator, furnisher designer and maker and expert in making 18th century old finitions.
    In this photo, I made the patina of the fireplace and transform new little tables with old wood. That's funny to see that again. I found the painting for the proprietary, ( She loved only old personn portraits), and I love your transformation, amazing!!!!! If you want to see my work, come and see me on FB, blogger, website:,Pinterest. Welcome!!!!!,love your blog
    Elise Valdorcia

  4. Elise, I'm so happy you found me! You are so talented and do such beautiful work! I look forward to spending more time on your website and look forward to one day sharing some of your sculptures and furniture. I will add you to l&l's facebook page, too. Let's keep in touch! xo~LeAnn

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