Paul Beach House

DSCN8218The arbiters of design in the La Barra/Jose Ignacio region have been Aaron Hojman with his vintage architectural interiors at Trading Post and Francis Mallmann who, though a famous chef, could just as readily have been a celebrated interior designer should he have have wished to pursue that road.

We now have Pablo Chiappori’s designs and wonderfully individual and stylish they are.  Paul French Gallery is the shop in Buenos Aires and Paul Beach  House, on the main drag of La Barra, is the new outpost that speaks to just about every need that anyone who owns a house here could have.  A wonderfully large space, you wander from room to room as in a private house – living room, bathroom, kitchen and garden, each showcasing that particular decor.  For a New Yorker, there are familiar items like the rough French linen pillow cases one finds in places like John Derian, but there is a great outdoor furniture design, Drift Wood, which is treated to remain beautiful in the fierce weather we can have in this part of the world.  There are also charming chandeliers, good plates and glassware, leather armchairs and comfortable sofas.

Punta del Este Food & Wine Festival

FullSizeRender[1]Where else in the world would you find the bottom of your road blocked off by spreadeagled carcasses?  At the Punta del Este Food & Wine Festival, set up in the Garzon villa square yesterday morning for the final event of the two-day event.  By far the most successful venue of the weekend, the plaza never looked as wonderful, with long communal tables set up next to tented chef stations where everything from ceviche to suckling pig, and vintners from all over the countryside came to share their products and talents.  The only intense heat on this beautiful spring day was around the coal fires that roasted pig, beef and lamb to tender perfection.

And we had a sneak preview of the most important addition to our village that I have seen since my arrival 7 years ago – Bodegas Garzon will open December 1st, but we had a glimpse of the style they will bring to our square as well as the amenities they will sell..their Colinas Garzon wines, oils and almonds, a panaderia that will have delicious breaks, a wine bar and comfortable seating on the verandah.  Heaven!