Casa Fortunato — Lisbon, Portugal
The elegantly curved 19th-century white façade, graced with a charming wrought iron balcony, belies the world of colour from inside Casa Fortunato, a nine-room retreat in Lisbon’s upscale Amoreiras neighbourhood.
Previously the offices of architect António Costa Lopes, the property is a labour of love for him and his wife Filipa, who followed their dream to transform it not only into a family home for them, their four children and their black Labrador Cocoa, but into a place for like-minded visitors to rest their heads.
And so, across the bedrooms – Big, Bigger and Biggest – are a riotous blend of period architecture, like ornate mouldings and traditional architraves, and contemporary details such as the colourful handmade Moroccan rugs, that rest on stripped pine flooring; a mix of mid-century and modern furnishings; and, most notably, head-turning, geometric Jupiter 10 wallpapers that are boosted further by bold Farrow & Ball hues. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the spaces in natural light, while framing leafy street views, and indulgent bathrooms – some with large soaking tubs – come complete with Diptyque amenities.
In the kitchen, the in-house chef serves up a wholesome macrobiotic menu – think white miso soup and scrambled tofu for breakfast – which is best devoured in the huge, art-filled salon. Yoga is on offer daily as is the warmth of family life. §