Grand Canal

Spanning the piano nobile, the noble floor, the floor with the tallest French doors and carved wooden ceilings, of a place where 50,000 nights ago Worth ballgowns sashayed up against each other on herringboned wood floors, located within a palazzo gone condominium building on Venice’s Grand Canal, conveys a sense of steady, centuries-old luxury, a diversified luxury from which many forms and functions can be cherished.

Life on the piano nobile, with its enfiladed vast, open spaces, spaces with tall French doors looking out over the Grand Canal topped by hooked Gothic arches and a thick timbered wood ceiling. The furniture makes quite the statement, much like its setting, thus I cannot find any fault with it other than it is not the choice I would make, but I greatly respect it.

Out of the entire interior composition, I am most enamored by the enormous tinsel tree that greets guests upon their entrance into the foyer of the home, its silvered branches and leaves scattering the light, creating long, lean shadows across the walls and floor. This piece provides a simple, graceful, grounding element to the opulent—gold—space.

Give me any amount of chinoiserie and I will be the happiest of men, thus, the inclusion of it with the dressers in the bedroom bode very well for my interactions with this space. The other details in the room, including the chandelier and the bedside tables, all golden, work in synchrony to continuous emit that luxurious stability that the exterior is oh so good at lounging in.

In all houses that have grand, stupendous views and spaces, small areas for repose and relaxation are necessary. While the space above might be rather bad for your health, the intricate layering and milieu that pervades the space is unrivaled.


Even the bathroom spaces, no matter the size, create an sense of endlessness about them—a fear of being lost rather than of being simply trapped.

The exterior of the Palazzo building is constructed of a rough, unstuccoed brick punctuated by stone Venetian Gothic arched windows and doors. While this home is generously constructed inside and out, its hundreds of centuries of history are soon to be lost among the changing tides of the world’s seas due to global warming—rising sea levels, more frequent flooding, and, most importantly, the sinking foundations beneath the seemingly floating city of Venice are all conspiring against the ageless beauty of its design above the waterline.

This home is listed by Ann-Marie Doyle of Sotheby’s, with its price available upon request, and pre-approved, no doubt. All this could be yours—the most luxurious of front row seats to human caused global warming.

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