Creating A Room ™ – Marella Agnelli

Creating A Room ™ – Marella Agnelli

Photo by Eric Boman

Photo by Eric Boman

Marella Agnelli’s Marrakesh Bedroom

This month’s CREATING A ROOM ™ features the Marrakesh bedroom of the late Marella Agnelli. In decorating this room for herself, Mrs. Agnelli enlisted Alberto Pinto for assistance. A gloriously feminine, pink and white bedroom which seems to mimic the pink and white bougainvillea just outside the door. Wicker, mahogany, wood inlaid with mother of pearl, a tailored bed canopy, and embroidered bed linens collectively transport you to an exotic destination. New, old, high, low, with and without provenance, all marry into one cohesive, restful, and elegant room.

View of the terrace outside the master bedroom.

Creating a Room ™ was inspired by the iconic rooms of our designing past. These rooms are repeatedly referenced by other designers, editors, tastemakers and style mavens. We are constantly asking ourselves WHY? Why these rooms? What is it that draws us back time and again? I believe it is that ineffable quality, the one we call style that eludes us, defies all definitions yet, we know it when we see it. What we refer to as atmosphere, that certain ambience that is the sum of its parts, all of them, large and small, ceiling to floor, absolutely everything within four walls. And, not to forget the air in between.

In the introduction to VOGUE’S BOOK of HOUSES, GARDEN PEOPLE Diana Vreeland proclaimed, “…few things are more fascinating than the opportunity to see how other people live during their private hours…in the rooms they love, and in the gardens they have planted…”

Creating A Room ™ is our new column dedicated to making some of these iconic rooms come alive. How were they furnished? What were they reading, what books were on the shelf? What was the fragrance that greeted visitors? How were they dressed?

These rooms have invited us to revisit them time and again. Why wouldn’t we want to recreate, adapt some for our own? Each month we will source furniture and accessories, provide similar schemes and suggest paint colors and wallpapers. We will take an educated guess at a fragrance, and even take a peak into the closet. Every source mentioned will be linked to makers of furniture and accessories, fabric houses, paint companies and craftspeople. We will try to be as expansive as possible and to give you alternatives. After that, it’s all up to you.

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The Decorating

Moroccan Mirror

1st Dibs

Malawi Occasional Chair


Round Inlaid Wood Pedestal Table

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Middleton Pink No. 245

Farrow and Ball

Coste Pink Vase by Archimede Seguso

1st Dibs

Lutry Rock Crystal Ball Lamp

Vaughan Designs

Lorena Bone-Inlay Wall Mirror

One Kings Lane

Faux Bamboo Leather Top Desk

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Desmona Wicker Lounge Chair


Loire Canopy Bed

Niermann Weeks

Herringbone Throw


Il Papiro Book


Classic Rattan Bookcase


Crestwood Decorative Pillow


Vidas Round Side Table

One Kings Lane

English Etagere

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Drayton Rug

Ballard Design

Side Table

John Rosselli

Bone Inlay Floral Chest


Rahi Coral Settee

John Robshaw

Rectangular Tray

Artifacts Trading

Campaign Chest of Drawers

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Bamboo Picture Frame

Saks Fifth Avenue

Sandrine Coverlet

Eastern Accents

Beauvais Embroidered Jewelry Box

Saks Fifth Avenue

Avata Box

John Robshaw

Hackney Bridge Arm Floor Lamp


Kashmir Paisley Pillow

Hollywood at Home

Fortuny Pillows

David Duncan Antiques

Accent Pillow

Eastern Accents

December Narcissus

Tommy Mitchell Company

Wood and Bone Tall Taboret

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Antoinette Bed

Eastern Accents

Reyes Point Bed

William Sonoma

Gale Console

Madeline Stuart

Georgian Console

Antique and Artisan Gallery

Sheer Window Shades


Linen Fabric

C&C Milano

Martinique Bedding

Julia B.

Jete de Fleurs Boudoir

D. Porthault

In the Closet

August crinkled cotton-voile caftan


Split-hem embroidered cotton caftan

Matches Fashion

Striped side slit cotton poplin caftan

Matches Fashion

Sumak kilim slippers

Artemis Design Company

Moss Mule shoe

Silk ikat Moss Mule

Artemis Design Company

Wide brass cuff

IBU Movement

Mamta embroidered caftan

IBU Movement

Soledad earring

IBU Movement

The Fragrance

Dries Van Noten “par”

Frederic Malle

Nest “Moroccan Amber”


Byredo “Bal D’afrique”

Saks Fifth Avenue

Cire Trudon “Abd El Kader

Saks Fifth Avenue

On the Bookshelf

The World of Federico Forquet: Italian Fashion, Interiors, Gardens

Hamish Bowles

The Interiors and Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision

Martina Mondadori Sartogo

Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

Renzo Mongiardino

Renzo Mongiardino

Laura Verchere

Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan

Marella Agnelli

Marella Agnelli: Gardens of the Italian Villas

Marella Agnelli

The Agnelli Gardens of Villar Perosa

Marella Agnelli

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell

Grand Tour: The Worldly Projects of Studio Peregalli

Laura Sartori Rimini

The Gardener’s Garden

Madison Cox

A Tour of Italian Gardens

Judith Chatfield

Visions of Paradise

Marina Schinz

Private Italian Gardens

Paolo Pejrone

Living In Morocco

Barbara & Rene Stoeltie

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