Wednesday, August 22, 2012


 I'm back and finally unpacked from our summer holiday in Spain! One of the highlights of the trip, and a must for anyone visiting Spain, is a tour of the  Alhambra palace and fortress located in the beautiful city of Granada.

The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court in the 10th century and are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  It's said that the greatest concern of the architects of the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter the size of the space. The interior spaces are magestic, with extraordinary rows of richly carved interior arches which were built simply as decorative design elements. 

Walls are covered with beautiful and extremely rich ceramics and plasterwork with vibrant tiles arranged in complex geometric patterns. The designs are ancient and yet so current in today's interior designs. 

I've recently been obsessed with F. Schumacher's new wallpaper line Byzantium which has beautifully interperted ancient Moorish designs for today's interiors.
The Nasrid Palace Mosiac is a multihued hand print wallcovering featuring a traditional star pattern--looks familiar, doesn't it?

Schumacher's Malaga in gold borrows from the Alhambra's gilded ceilings

The Alhambra's carved wooden ceilings are echoed in Schumacher's Cordoba in Persimmon  
Would you incorporate Alahambra chic into your home design?


michele said...

i love that malaga in gold!!

what glorious architecture and beauty to behold here--thanks for taking us along, busy blogger!

come visit soon.


I Dream Of said...

Beautiful, Barbara. Love the Alhambra, it was definitely a highlight from our trip to Spain last fall. And love the idea of bringing a little Alhambra magic into our humble home. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip! XO

The enchanted home said...

Just breathtaking Barbara! I love history and art and when combined, its spell binding when you think of what was done before technology was even a concept!
Thanks for sharing, sooo happy you had fun!

pretty pink tulips said...

Welcome home, Barbara! I'm mesmerized by your amazing photos. I've never been to Spain, but it's high on my travel list.

xoxo Elizabeth

designchic said...

What spectacular images, Barbara - it looks so beautiful!! Can't wait to see and hear more about your trip ~

miss b said...

Wonderful photos and lovely vibrant tiles in such intricate patterns.

Donna Vining said...

WOW! Such a beautiful place with rich colors and patterns. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos!!! Great inspiration here!!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Can't believe your hols are over already. Did you get to visit any of the beaches I told you about?

The French Tangerine said...

My goodness, lucky you! I love your photos adn hearing about Spain.. Love the Alhambra and wouldn't mind a bit of it in my home at all!
Welcome home,

Cecilio said...

You can buy some Alhambra style items here at

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