Unleash your inner cave-woman
(or cave-man), and embrace the beauty of exposed stone work in a contemporary interior.
As a designer who has a serious love for any and all natural finishes and materials, I must stress my utmost **love** for stacked stone finishes of any variety. Having said that, it becomes obvious why I fell head-over-heels for the tasteful use of exposed original stonework seen in Casa Remon 2 at Los Cuatro Tulipanes in Casco Viejo (which is now referred to as Casco Antiguo) in Panama City, Panama.
This spacious second-story apartment has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms (one of which is an ensuite); as well as a pull-out sofabed in the sitting area/family room. There is a full kitchen, a small office nook and two fabulous balcony patios with decorative iron railings and humbling views of the historic buildings and local houses below.
All these fabulous features aside, my favourite part about Casa Remon 2 is still the restored original stacked stone walls that grace nearly every room.
This calicanto stone wall is in surprisingly great condition considering that it was part of the original structure dating back hundreds of years (exact date unknown). I love the ornate Spanish furniture and the colourful, cozy-looking linens on the bed. Very little is happening in this room in terms of furniture and decor, but it works because our “hero” of this blog post (obviously I’m referring to the dashingly handsome stone wall) can hold his own. (By the way, did you notice the pretty blue border tiles that imitate an area rug? They are gorgeous.)
Check out the super intricate carvings on the posts of the headboard and footboard in the photo below. Simply stunning. Although I am not fond of floral patterns, I adore this duvet – or at least, I adore the combination of patterns, colours and textures in this space.
The magic is in the details. Yes, the photo below shows yet another example of the same type of exposed stone wall, but I find this antique chair and old Spanish-style throw cushion to be so painfully charming I just HAD to share it with you.
What you cannot see in the above photo is how I wanted a picture taken of me sitting in this chair (which is situated at the landing of the staircase leading to the entrance to Casa Remon 2), and as I sat down and posed with my best look-at-me-I’m-a-tourist face, the hotel groundskeeper walked by on the main floor below, looked up, and blatantly laughed at me, obviously not understanding my love for stone walls and antique chairs. I felt a little embarrassed…and stupid…for demanding such a photo…but I just couldn’t help myself.
I LOVE THE WALL.
Love makes us do strange things, doesn’t it?