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James Andrew on the grounds of Veere Grenney’s Tangier home.

The best of Tangier is often hidden behind walls and doors. One could say this is a great part of its allure! Thankfully we’re blessed to have friends like Monica di Valmarana to help open those exclusive doors, revealing some of the great splendors that lie beyond.

As you may recall we recently shared our friend Veere Grenney’s terrific tome, Veere Grenney: A Point of View on Decorating. On our recent trip to Tangier we were thrilled to be treated to a luncheon at “Gazebo,” Grenney’s home, and given a tour through the glorious grounds. It was an absolute dream! I’ve included a few snaps here but one must really get his book to see more – the last chapter, entitled “Home at Last,” is dedicated to his beloved Tangier!

In Veere Grenney’s Tangier home.

Veere Grenney’s home.

Veere Grenney’s home.

Veere Grenney’s gardens.

Veere Grenney’s dining room.

Another fabulous friend, fellow designer Nicolò Castellini Baldissera, invited us to a super chic cocktail party and dinner at his villa (which happened to have graced the cover of World of Interiors a few years ago). I was so enthralled by the beauty of it all that I had to return in the daylight to get a better look at the intimate gardens. Luckily for us, Baldissera has created the most beautiful soon to be released book, Inside Tangier: Houses & Garden, which promises to bring us more of the spectacular homes there along with a virtual introduction to some of their eccentric inhabitants! Pre-order your copy today – coming September 18th!

James Andrew at Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s Tangier home.

At Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s Tangier home.

Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s Tangier home.

At Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s Tangier home.

James Andrew at At Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s Tangier home.

Dressed for a luncheon at Grenney’s beloved “Gazebo” (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford pale blue linen “Shelton” suit, white cotton shirt and silk pocket square in grays and blues, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cufflinks, Cartier Tank Divan watch, Polo Ralph Lauren blue leather driving mocs, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Madarino di Amalfi.

Touring Baldissera villa and garden (seventh picture from top), I’m sporting a black cashmere Moroccan style jacket by Olas – Tangier, Michael Kors ivory knit shirt, Tom Ford royal blue cotton pants, Gucci leopard espadrilles, a Lock & Co hat, Cartier Tank Divan Watch, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, and my fragrance is Madini Tangier gardenia.

2 Comments

  1. Dean Farris says:

    Wow James,

    It’s beyond chic- the portraits of you in that hat ! The fantasy of it all is seductive-

    Fantastic WIJW posting !

    DEAN

  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    So happy to hear you are enjoying my musings on Tangier.

    You are most kind!

    Thank You for your continued support!

    JA

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