Tessie's Wordly Glam

My friend Tessie was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She arrived in the states in the 80's to Los Angeles and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 2005. Well traveled, Tessie defines her aesthetic as warm and cozy with Italian, Spanish and French influence. When you walk into Tessie's home, whom she shares with her long time partner, Paul Russo, (who happens to be my favorite hair stylist) one of the first things you notice is the dramatic and beautiful lighting.

Tessie has stunning chandeliers in almost every room. Made in France and bought from a local antique dealer, this piece had a medieval look that grabbed her attention. And once something grabs Tessie's attention, it's a done deal...

Anyone that knows Tessie knows that her greatest feats happen in the kitchen. She's an extraordinary cook and I've had the privilege of eating her wide array of cultured dishes, from paella or sushi to traditional Peruvian or pure Georgia southern. I always feel so happy when I sit at her table...

I love Tessie's kitchen floor which is a mix of parquet wood and travertine marble. A type of limestone, travertine was used primarily by the Italians as they built monuments, temples and aqueducts...Even the Colesseum is constructed primarily of travertine, a most hardy and naturally pretty stone. 

It's important to Tessie that her kitchen not just be aesthetically pleasing but functional too. Every item has its rightful place for ease of use. I especially love the pantry doors which are antique French shutters she bought on Bennett Street in Atlanta. As she makes dishes from a bevy of cultural backgrounds, spices are a must in her kitchen. Tessie bought dozens from Patel Brothers in Decatur, Georgia and divided them up into trays based on culinary region. The one above is Indian. I love a serious cook.  

Tessie and Paul created a really unique and eye catching technique to distress their cabinets. Tessie explains, "I took a propane torch to singe the wood, then I used a drill with a wire brush attachment to run over the wood. The soft areas of the wood dug out, creating a visibly appealing and texturally wonderful cabinet." She adds, "Stain is optional because the burning creates its own staining effect on the wood." 

This striking and peaceful painting above her bedroom dresser is by Clinton Gaughran. Color is very important to Tessie and she prefers pastels for their relaxing and soothing qualities. Her colorful personality is amplified in her wide assortment of jewelry that she has collected during her travels. As of late, however, Beth Ann Style has proved a favorite shopping haunt. Thanks so much for opening your beautiful home to us Tessie...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach