Design Project: A Colourful Family Home In Brazil

This family home in Brazil blends historic pieces and colonial architecture with modern art and pops of vibrant colour.

Get the look: Paintings on the wall above sofa from left to right: Russomano (bought at Renot gallery), Aldemir Martins (bought at Renot Gallery), Manabu Mabe (Ramon Vena Escritório de Arte), and another Manabu Mabe (Renot Gallery). The table was created by Guta Louro studio.

THE PROPERTY

A family home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

LIVING ROOM

Owners Carlos and Rosane Simoes appointed design studio Guta Louro Designs to transform their traditional home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The couple wanted to brighten their home with pops of bold colour, while still showcasing their impressive antique furniture collection.

Get the look: Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (Summer Butterflies) by Coral Paints. Chandeliers lacquered in Sayersystem, colour N017. The two yellow head vases/sculptures on altar are by the New Jersey artist, Richard Calhabéu. Paintings on the wall above sofa from left to right: Russomano (bought at Renot gallery), Aldemir Martins (bought at Renot Gallery), Manabu Mabe (Ramon Vena Escritório de Arte), and another Manabu Mabe (Renot Gallery). The armchair is uphosltered in coral coloured velvet from Donatelli Tecidos.

The result of the project is a vibrant home inspired by Brazilian lifestyle, with interiors that unite the colonial architecture of the house with eclectic art and traditional antique furniture.

Get the look: Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (Summer Butterflies) by Coral Paints. Chandeliers lacquered in Sayersystem, colour N017. Thin white wall sconces to the sides of the fireplace are by Brazilian Designer Fernando Prado. The glass coffee table with acrylic legs is by Les Prismatiques.

Antique furniture is broken up by new additions. Two glass and metal coffee tables were designed by the Guto Louro studio and have two heights, to exhibit decorative objects and books.

The 19th century chandeliers were lacquered in a bold blue.

Other antique pieces received a makeover; the carved wooden sofa below was reupholstered in a modern Ikat print.

Get the look: Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (Summer Butterflies) by Coral Paints. The armchair is uphosltered in coral coloured velvet from Donatelli Tecidos. Small side table next to the coral armchair is by Allez Decor. Chandeliers lacquered in Sayersystem, colour N017. The two yellow head vases/sculptures on altar are by the New Jersey artist, Richard Calhabéu.

Steps in the living area that used to separate the spaces have been removed, replaced by a new wooden floor that unites both living areas into one flowing space.

Get the look: Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (Summer Butterflies) by Coral Paints. Chandeliers lacquered in Sayersystem, colour N017. Thin white wall sconces to the sides of the fireplace are by Brazilian Designer Fernando Prado. The glass coffee table with acrylic legs is by Les Prismatiques.

On the walls, thin white wall sconces offer modern, minimalist lighting.

The wood side table with cylindrical acrylic legs is by Brazilian designer Carolina Haveroth.

Get the look: Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (Summer Butterflies) by Coral Paints. Side table next to yellow armchair is by a Brazilian designer called Carolina Haveroth. Above the yellow armchair: painting on the right is by Burle Marx, sourced from the Pro Arte Gallery, and on the left is by Carlos Páez Vilaró. Thin white wall sconces are by Brazilian Designer Fernando Prado. All patterned and embroidered fabrics are from Quaker Décor.

The wood and glass coffee table was created by Guta Louro studio, who upcycled a classic and beautifully carved, broken wall console, transforming it into two bases and adding a glass as a tabletop.

The colour palette of the upholstery and cushions were inspired by the artworks that were already part of the couple’s collection.

Get the look: Coffee table designed by Guta Louro Designs.

DINING ROOM

The dining room is a wild mix of old and new. The painted ceilings came with the house, and the owners already owned the antique furniture.

Get the look: Tatiana Stropp painting from the Via Thorey Gallery, Eduardo Sued painting from the Multiplo Gallery. Table centrepiece by Jacqueline Terpins from Dpot Objeto.

Design studio Guta Louro Designs replaced tired burgundy cushions with the punchy blue velvet ones, and added matching tassels.

To tie the colour in with the scheme, the design studio also added the balloon shaped wall lights by Brokis.

Get the look: Balloon wall lamps from Brokis. Table centrepiece by Jacqueline Terpins from Dpot Objeto. Pink octopus-like vase is by Brazilian artist Renato Dip, bought at Dpot Objeto.

Two bright and colourful artworks were also added to the space, one by Tatiana Stropp and one by Eduardo Sued.

Get the look: Tatiana Stropp painting from the Via Thorey Gallery, Eduardo Sued painting from the Multiplo Gallery.

But the crowning jewel is of course the Lindsey Adelman inspired chandelier, which was found at a local Brazilian store.

Get the look: Tatiana Stropp painting from the Via Thorey Gallery, Eduardo Sued painting from the Multiplo Gallery. Table centrepiece by Jacqueline Terpins from Dpot Objeto.

READING ROOM

In the reading room, walls were painted a bright teal colour to contrast against the traditional rug and bookcase.

Bookshelves showcase a collection of books, portraits and sculptures.

Get the look: Walls painted in Floresta Umida (Humid Forest) by Coral Paints.

On the wall is a collection of pocket watches that the couple have collected over time.

Get the look: Walls painted in Floresta Umida (Humid Forest) by Coral Paints.

BATHROOM

The bathroom is painted in the same shade as the adjoining reading room.

Get the look: Walls painted in Floresta Umida (Humid Forest) by Coral Paints.

HALLWAY

In the hallway, an antique clock on a traditional console contrasts against the modern artwork above.

Get the look: Painting by Aldir Medes de Souza (sourced at Votre Galeria Arte, Rio de Janeiro).

MEDIA ROOM

The media room has a much calmer and more muted palette than the property’s other living spaces.

Get the look: Leather sofa is from Clami Design. Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (summer butterflies) by Coral Paints. Cushion fabrics are from Villa Nova Tecidos. The colourful abstract painting is by Ferenckiss, bought at the Renot Gallery. The soft blue landscape painting is by Manoel Santiago, also from the Renot Gallery.

The buttery soft leather sofa, and muted palette of creams, browns and yellow create a snug hide-out vibe.

Get the look: Leather sofa is from Clami Design. Walls painted in Borboletas de Verao (summer butterflies) by Coral Paints. Cushion fabrics are from Villa Nova Tecidos. The colourful abstract painting is by Ferenckiss, bought at the Renot Gallery. The soft blue landscape painting is by Manoel Santiago, also from the Renot Gallery.

BREAKFAST ROOM

The chandelier was created by home owner Rosane Simoes, who’s hobby is sculpting and pottery.

Get the look: Walls painted in Amendoa Branca (White Almond) by Coral Paints.

PATIO

Design studio Guta Louro gave the unloved patio space a simple refresh, opting for marble-top tables and bright patterned cushions that complement the tiled floor.

Get the look: Marble tables from Minas Claudio Moveis. The fabric for the cushions is waterproof and was bought at Villa Nova Tecidos.

The tables can be easily moved around to create a large open space perfect for entertaining.

Get the look: Marble tables from Minas Claudio Moveis. The fabric for the cushions is waterproof and was bought at Villa Nova Tecidos.

Design by Guta Louro Designs

Photography by Denilson Machado

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