Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Casa in Capri

I came across this idyllic "casa" while visiting one of my favorite blogs, Gervais de Bedee, yesterday.

I felt like I had escaped for a moment in time to the island of Capri.

One of the things I love about blogs is finding one that resonates with you and connects you to their world.

In this case, having a glimpse into Paul Gervais de Bedee's life is truly a fantasy world full of beauty and amazing places, villas, gardens, food and people in and around Lucca, Italy where he calls the Villa Massei home.

"Paul Gervais is a critically acclaimed writer, painter, landscape designer and intrepid explorer of life's pathways - particularly those involving a garden."

This little Capri casa is the holiday residence of friends of his from Lucca that was once the home of Raffaele La Capria, the Neapolitan author.

The casa is carved out of a rocky  mountain and therefore has windows only on one side.

This vignette serves as a "shrine" to the author, La Capria, whose typewriter still sits on the desk he left behind when he sold the casa to Paul's friends 15 years ago.

Treasures abound in this tiny island abode.

I was completely charmed and mesmerized by this casa and found myself scrolling up and down this post for the longest time taking in all the  little details of a life lived in such a place called Capri.

When I was done, I felt relaxed and happy.

I wanted to share it with you too, so I emailed Paul Gervais de Bedee and asked if I might post about it on La Dolfina.

He responded, of course, please go ahead and share!

So I hope you enjoyed a glimple of a casa in Capri  as much as I did!

To experience the world of Gervais de Bedee click here and here.

And please tell Paul I said "Ciao"

I will leave you with these final images of a 19th century gouche of the Grotta Azzura,

a still life of shells,

a Capri cliff,

and a shadow box of "Capri life."

 I would love to know, have you ever been to Capri?


Woodside Park said...

That is a beautiful home filled with handsome antiques, lovely artwork and many books. Warm, personal and artistic!

I used to read Paul Gervais de Bedee's blog---it is wonderful. (Reading it always made me hungry as he featured the best Italian food.) I first discovered his work via 1st Dibs. Thanks for re-introducing it.


La Brocanteuse said...

O yes love Capri and long to go back sooner than later!
I can see why you are smitten with this beautiful property, thank you for sharing!
Love to you

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Hello Terri! Thanks for touring this wonderful home for us today - it makes me want to hop on a plane to Capri right away! Cheers from London. Will :)

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Teri- yes, thanks for posting this home! I love seeing how other parts of the world live, it's so inspiring! Thanks again!

Love, Jamie Herzlinger

The enchanted home said...

WOW!!!! Breathtaking, the vistas made me gasp, I could happily live outside just gazing at the sea...amazing!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Yes, and it is idyllic.

Burlap Luxe said...

O Terri,
I hear you girl, I on that holiday with you...The painting as child like as they are, or college in style I long to find just this type of style in its fine art to display in my home, they just speak to ones soul.

Wish I could sit on the veranda and take in the beauty that surrounds the villa.
No have not been but now you have me wishing to go. So when are you booking your flight to Capri? :)
hold a seat for me....


How has life been treating you, whats next in you day planner?

Karena said...

Terri I am mesmerized by these wonderful images and the glimpse into a very special life in Capri!

I have this on my travel list after France!

Art by Karena

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Terri, what a splendid post! Yes, I have been to Capri and long to return again. Your post, like the island, is magical. Thank you for sharing.

Jane Lucien-Scholle said...

The boat ride ferrying one to Capri is splendid, but hardly prepares one for the world you step into on this magical Mediterranean island. The winding narrow passages and cobblestone streets reveal one intriguing vista after another. Then, from other perches, one can look out over the sea. Many restaurants capture these views. And the ristaurantes and trattorias and cafes are truly magical too... just the vibration of them. My last trip there I purchased an oil painting of pink cabbage roses growing up over an arbor. It hangs in my study so I can keep the memories of Capri close and alive.

And as if Capri is not enough, Positano, just down the Amalfi Coast a few miles, will unquestionably take your breath away.

Jane Lucien-Scholle

Country French Judi said...

Oh Capri is magical I have been there and then up to Ana Capri. Everything Jane said in the previous post describes it. I hated leaving there! I was also to Positano. When I came home I was in a little antique shop and I found an original oil painting of the same spot I visited in Positano. It sits proudly over my fireplace in the family room. Ahhh such fond memories. I often wonder why I could not have been born in Italy or France!!!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

I miss you when are you coming back!

*Chic Provence* said...

How perfectly gorgeous! thanks for the little vacay!



Completely Coastal said...

So lovely. I miss Europe. LOL.

Ivy Clad said...

Relaxing and happy.. I've got to agree with you. What a charming home.


Rebecca and Lori said...

Love those last two photos! Beautiful post; thanks for sharing with us! Molto bene.

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

I have been twice blessed this week. I already subscribe to Paul's blog and have visited this post on numerous occasions. He takes exceptional photos and his descriptions are so enchanting.
Thank you Terri and wishing you a weekend of joy

Helen xx

mikky said...

I really enjoyed this post. There are so many fun unique ideas in the photos. I like the bookcase with the shell detail at the top.