Santa Cecilia Stables By Mariana d’Orey Veiga

The young Brazilian interior designer, Mariana d’Orey Veiga discusses her equestrian-inspired project Santa Cecilia Stables in Florida.

One New York’s rising stars, Mariana d’Orey Veiga, has been making waves as a forward-thinking interior decorator with a keen eye for comfortable luxury. Originally hailing from Rio de Janeiro, the young Brasilian soon moved to Paris and then to Spain before settling in the Big Apple. This embrace and amalgamation of various cultures are evident throughout her work and allows for an eclectic take on established styles.

What furthermore make Mariana d’Orey Veiga’s designs so unique is her deeper understanding of decor. Whilst living in New York, she has completed specialist courses in ceramics, furniture design, woodwork for furniture design, upholstery, collectable design and art history which gives her a holistic approach to even the smallest aspect of design.

“My definition of luxury is one that combines aesthetic richness with comfort. You have to enjoy living within a space as well as love the aesthetic, and my approach is centered on the belief that comfort and convenience can achieved without compromising on design, quality, and looks.”

Mariana d’Orey Veiga

She chats to us about her Santa Cecilia Stables project in Wellington, Florida.

Passionate about the equestrian world and as showjumping patrons, the clients
brought me in to design the interiors of the five-bedroom home (away from home) as well as the stables in Wellington, FL., after previously helping them with the design of their Miami pied-à-terre, an apartment filled with white linen and beach

When the decision to purchase the stables in Wellington was made, they wanted a home where they could host friends and family throughout the equestrian season with the sole focus of enjoying the sport. The main living area and dining face the arena with floor to ceiling windows, where they can enjoy the view from the dining table while having breakfast as their son and/or their athletes train in the morning.

With an open plan on the lower floor, the idea was to use durable materials on the floors and area rugs so that they could walk freely with their riding boots after practice, as well as a huge leather sofa facing the 14’ long Portuguese piece from sec.XIX with a big screen above it and a Mulberry Home tartan on the walls. Here is the spot where they come together to watch the showjumping videos and training sessions. On the back, the C19th Pitch Pine Saddle Horse changing table was repurposed and became a bar.

They both share a love for the English-country style as well as for Brazilian mid-century design. In the sitting area, the mucky bench by the late Sergio Rodrigues, the Cubo Libres coffee table, Claudia Moreira Salles and two java chairs by Carlos Motta were placed with custom linen sofas all facing the arena.

For the dining room we custom designed a cast-iron dining table to fit 7, clients request, that was paired with 7 Cantu leather chairs, also by the late Sergio Rodrigues with the ‘Horse’ by Vik Muniz above it. With an open kitchen facing the dining room, we decided to cover the breakfast bar with Pierre Frey Straw paper.

Throughout the house, you’ll see a wallpaper everywhere, on the powder room a Hermès paper completes the jungle theme in the room. For the master bedroom we chose a Pierre Frey foliage in beige as they still wanted some fun but without bright colours, that we left for the guest bedrooms have wallpapers on the walls and ceilings creating warm farm-style.

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