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CELEBRATING ASHLEY HICKS’ BUCKINGHAM PALACE: THE INTERIORS

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with our WIJW readership Ashley Hicks’ tremendous new tome, Buckingham Palace: The Interiors (and it’s  just in time for Season 3 of The Crown to help you get in the spirit of things!). Hicks has beautifully captured the royal splendor of Buckingham Palace in his wildly rich and superbly executed photographs – a compendium of the ultimate in Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles.

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

It really looks like Hicks photographed these interiors using only natural light, and if he did augment anything with artificial help, it is imperceptible. Either way, it is a testament to his art!

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

I can say that this work is certainly the freshest, most dynamic and vibrant portrayal of Buckingham Palace that I have ever seen. Hicks takes us on a private and unforgettable virtual tour, choosing all the best views from the Grand Staircase to the opulent State Rooms. He creates an absolutely ravishing royal tale with a unique take on so much of Buckingham’s history.

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.
From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

Needless to say, this is a must-have addition to one’s library. For the dreamers, decorators, and royal enthusiasts, there is something for everyone. It’d certainly be a glorious gift for your beloved ones, and (as I’ve hinted above) fans of The Crown as well! Pick up your copy here: Buckingham Palace: The Interiors

Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens

The release of my brilliant friend Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s tremendous tome, Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens, could not have been timed more perfectly. As you know, McBee and I have just gotten back from a most terrific holiday in Tangier, and I’m happy to see that our posts and Instagram images have been creating some buzz and excitement about this enchanted place. Now that we’ve perhaps wet your appetite, we beseech you to sink your teeth into Baldissera’s new book! We’ve included some of Guido Taroni’s spectacular photos below. You’ll find many many more when you add this sumptuous book to your library!

Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Villa Mabrouka – Yves-Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
Inside Tangier – Villa Mabrouka – Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
Inside Tangier – Gazebo Veere Grenney
Tebarek Allah – Umberto Pasti and Stephan Janson
Inside Tangier – Casa Tosca – Nicolo Castellini Baldissera
Inside Tangier – Cliff House – Madison Cox

We’ve mentioned here on WIJW that much of the real splendor of Tangier exists behind closed doors – hidden to all but those who reside there and a rather select inner circle – so we consider ourselves extremely blessed to have exquisite friends like Monica di Valmarana and her husband Richard Conahay who have helped to open many of those doors for us. Now, thanks to the efforts of the super chic and multi-talented Nicolo Castellini Baldissera and the superb photographer, Guido Taroni, everyone can tour some of the most glorious, exclusive, and dreamy Tangier homes. The book is absolutely stunning. Click here to pick up your copy of Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens. It’s a must have!

IN TANGIER AT VILLA JOSEPHINE

Arriving at Villa Josephine, I’m sporting an Orlebar Brown Bond 007 sage linen safari jacket, linen voile shirt from De Valsco, Ralph Lauren Purple Label white cotton cargo pants, Tom Ford Wilton chain loafers in zebra, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, Lock & Co, Tuscany fedora and my fragrance is Mandini Tangier Gardenia.

After our last superb stay at Villa Josephine we simply had to return! We had a fairly full trip schedule this time around, so it was a welcome place to decompress. In fact we didn’t leave its glorious grounds for three whole days!

A pre dinner stroll at Villa Josephine – Tom Ford mango seersucker suit, silk pocket square, persimmon velvet ikat slippers, Gucci Moroccan style tunic shirt, Hermes Cap Code Deux Zones watch, and my fragrance is Madini Tangier Gardenia


We had breakfast, lunch and all but one dinner served on the tremendous terraces – and even managed to have a few friends there for cocktail hour. Villa Josephine felt like our own home in Tangier. One night, we treated ourselves to dinner in the divine dining room – with after dinner drinks al fresco under the stars to bask in the beauty of the place.

Villa Josephine
Villa Josephine
Villa Josephine

The place has a flavor of the French Riviera with an African twist – Villa Josephine really is unique amongst Morocco’s maison d’hôtes. There is no other place like it in Tangier. Now with Jasper Conran opening Villa Mabrouka (the former home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge), there might be some competition! We’ll be sure to try it on our next visit to Tangier, but suffice it to say, Villa Josephine will always be very special to us and we look forward to many more visits.

Afternoon coffee on one of the many terraces at Villa Josephine Tangier. I’m sporting a Lock & Co “Tuscany” fedora, a De Velasco olive linen shirt, Ralph Lauren brown floral chintz shorts, Gucci leopard espadrille and a Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch.
The grounds of Villa Josephine.
Lounging at Villa Josephine.
A farewell-to-Tangier stroll in the glorious gardens of Villa Josephine. I’m wearing a Tom Ford Ivory silk Spencer jacket, white cotton French cuff shirt, linen,silk floral pants, persimmon velvet ikat slippers, Hermes coral silk pocket square, Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, Seaman Schepps cufflinks in shell with coral beads, and my fragrance is Madini Tangier Gardenia.

On our way home, we had one final night in Morocco – we took the high speed train to Casablanca to catch a direct flight to New York the next day – we arrived in time to pay homage to design legend Bill Wills at Rick’s Cafe – one of his last projects and certainly one of the best meals we had.