Decor GuideInterior designer Brigitta Spinocchia Freund
Ever dream of your fantasy home? Chances are interior designer Brigitta Spinocchia Freund, founder and creative director of Spinocchia Freund, has created a space that's pretty darn close to it. Go ahead—Google her work. It's one breathtaking residence after another. "Within my designs, I love to curate vintage, antiques, collectibles and ceramics and use them among architectural features and bespoke designed details and furniture," says the London-based design doyenne of her style and process. Here, we get to know the interiors star and, in the spirit of the season, get her quick tips to revive your home for the holidays, too.
Top 3 Tips for Interior Design
1. Create areas for emotional connection within a room scheme.
2. Consider lighting for different seasons and times of day to create different moods.
3. Buy pieces you really love—they should make your heart beat a little faster.
How to Update Your Home for the Holidays
2. For more formal areas of the home, look for a theme and a color that works and lifts your current interior setting. It’s important to consider what works well in your interior.
3. Decorate the fireplace, hallway and balustrades with a fresh garland as the smell is divine.
4. I love hanging an oversized wreath on the front door that is an extension of your interior decorations. There is no better welcome home.
5. For a gathering of family or friends, I suggest creating a story or theme for your table, a talking piece that creates a mood and sets the scene. Use special table centerpieces, perhaps embroidered or patterned napkins and interesting napkin rings, a variety of place-card holders, scented candles.
6. Play Christmas music as it increases the happy hormone!
Both my grandfather and father were property developers. I recall spending a lot of time with my father as a young girl looking at architectural plans. Later, he began to trade Italian furniture and my passion for interiors emerged. My mother was also a keen collector of antiques and we frequently visited antique and flea markets when I was a child. Unsurprisingly, visiting markets is now a delight for me! The beauty in antique objects and furniture, the craftsmanship, and care, precision and patina are so appealing to me.
I have an interest in rare furniture and art pieces; some of my design icons are Les Lalanne, Jean Royère, André Arbus, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Gio Ponti, Jacques Adnet and Jean Prouvé. I couldn’t possibly select one as I’m inspired by so many artists. Why do I love these designers so much? I have a response to their work, sometimes cognitive as though they are a puzzle to solve and sometimes emotional. Pieces by these artists elevate a room; they emanate the history and culture of the time they were designed or made in and help make the environment extra special.
The Sistine Chapel. My first visit truly took my breath away. The emotion of being surrounded by the most incredible art… it’s very difficult to put into words.
Friends, overexcited children and family, good food and wine, thoughtful gifts chosen to delight. And don’t forget the Christmas music!