Veronica has created a stylish aesthetic over the years by mixing her two passions: fashion and design. However it was through the former that she honed her desire to create with each succeeding collection and meeting she made. She has been an habitué of flea markets since she was very young and has no qualms about touching, watching and rummaging until her instinct drives her towards what must be the right choice. And when it comes to right choices, this neo-gypsy’s home is full of them. Could this be inherited from her time at American Elle ? Or her days at Ralph Lauren, Cerruti, Emanuel Ungaro (the list is long) during fashion’s golden age? Maybe. On the other hand, what is certain, is that Veronica likes to entwine the influences from her travels to sunny climes with those from the people who continue to inspire her : Madeleine Castaing, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti and Willy Rizzo. So many prestigious names to whom this native of Rome, with a passion for jewellery, brings a bohemian touch by not skimping when it comes to surprising combinations, the finest materials and colour palettes. When you enter Veronica’s home it’s like being part of a story by Lewis Carroll… only better.
Veronica, can you introduce yourself ?
I am an intricate marriage of Parisian bohemian chic and neo gypsy spirit, with a Ibizan abode during the summer… Peppered with a touch of Italian Dolce Vita !
How do you define your style in terms of decoration?
My style reflects my personality. Folk and rigorous, masculine and feminine, colourful and sleek, all at the same time !
Where do you find your inspiration today?
What style of furniture do you love most ?
I really love the “Arte Povera” movement and the attitude advocated by some Italians since 1967 which is slightly nomadic and elusive. In terms of pure decoration pieces, I have a weakness for the Elda Chair by Joe Colombo and the Togo Sofa by Ligne Roset. However… some tables by Piero Pizzi Cannella or mirrors from Michelangelo Pistoletto is how to really please me !
What is missing in your home ?
To own a Volkswagen camper van is a dream of mine !
Can you give is some decor addresses, own or online ?
I really recommend the Marché Serpette within Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. In Asnières, Asiatides for its Asiatics treasures.Also in Paris, Deyrolle, a store filled with hidden treasures and curiosities of many kinds! Otherwise, Leroy Merlin is a sure way to find DIY materials. Online I suggest Jasper and Selency !
Can you tell us about the naming of your children ?
Since I was fifteen I knew exactly what names I liked. My eldest son is called Rocco, a common first male name in Southern Italy representing strength. Nina is a name inspired from freedom, soft and playful at the same time and finally Roméo symbolises love and universal romance. Also I wanted their initials to be RNR, like Rock ’n’ Roll !
Do you have a treasure or bargain, of which you are most proud ?
The LOVE tapestry by Robert Indiana was bought in Vanves for just 60 euros !
Your definition of bad taste ?
Each to his own taste, who am I to judge others preferences…
Your favourite destination for family holidays and addresses ?
Ibiza without question! Picture all the family in a lovely Finca in the north of the island, heading to Sa Trinxa for the sweet sound of saxophone with a glass sangria on late Thursday afternoons. Not forgetting a little visit to the Hippy Market and on to the Tapas bars around Santa Gertrudis, your head will be buzzing with ideas for the days ahead. Then perhaps a drive to the immense Sluiz concept store for a unique delirium of creativity and a wander though the magical Ibiza Old Town and it’s unusual neighbouring creek formations… What more could you need to revitalise yourself ?
Some good restaurants you can recommend in Paris or elsewhere ?
Le Vin de Bellechasse in Paris for a crazy ambiance and the best fries in the world! After those fries visit Juice It Paris for the delicious detox juices and Le Tigre Yoga Club is divine also. In Rome, I strongly recommend La Taverna Trilussa for it’s traditional cacio e pepe. Finally, when in New York stop by Indochine – the wallpaper is super!
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily