Fashionably at home with Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino
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Fashionably at home with Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino

This stunning home of the founder of Sabrina Monte-Carlo, in Monaco, is the perfect example of how to make a statement with gorgeous interior styling.

by Ronitaa Italia Sep 18, 2019

How we would all love a home designed purely for leisure and entertaining! Somewhere totally out of this world, perennially flushed with sunshine and holiday vibes. Cynics would insist that a place like that does not exist. They could not be further from the truth.

When the internationally-renowned interior stylist Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino started working on her own home in Monte Carlo, this is exactly the brief that she kept in mind. The idea was to design “a fun house, where my friends and family could all feel good”.

  • The antique rattan lights and mirrors teamed with the Paola Lenti poofs and the Roberto Cavalli animal print fabric are off-set beautifully by the cerulean water of the pool | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
    The antique rattan lights and mirrors teamed with the Paola Lenti poofs and the Roberto Cavalli animal print fabric are off-set beautifully by the cerulean water of the pool Image Credit: Yvan Grubski
  • A contemporary house on the French Riviera with its interiors and exteriors fresh and interesting | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
    A contemporary house on the French Riviera with its interiors and exteriors fresh and interesting Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

Exquisitely integrated into the French Riviera, the Villa Riviera screams holiday from every angle, room, balcony and terrace! Known all over the world for her interior styling, Sabrina has designed the house with the sole intention to inspire herself with the surroundings - “the beautiful sea view and the magical garden around”.

This corner with the Paola Lenti daybeds is one of Sabrina’s most favourite in the whole house | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
This corner with the Paola Lenti daybeds is one of Sabrina’s most favourite in the whole house Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

Open plan interiors flow effortlessly into one another, as sunshine streams in, infusing the space with an unmistakable ‘summer’ vibe. White walls, throughout the house, form the perfect backdrop for vivid artworks and artefacts that Sabrina collected or lovingly brought in during her holidays abroad. The architectural narrative is woven around clean lines, and appears almost minimalistic, with splashes of pastel greens and exotic blues lending the living and entertaining areas an unmistakably Mediterranean air.

The hanging lights by Tom Dixon and the wall installation by Pascal Martine Tailloux certainly give the landing its own voice | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
The hanging lights by Tom Dixon and the wall installation by Pascal Martine Tailloux certainly give the landing its own voice Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

The original, old-fashioned, traditional-looking house was remodelled completely from the inside to create a spacious five-bedroom villa, where the indoors seem to spill over and merge into the outdoors, and onto the deck by the poolside. In fact, Sabrina specifically used the same flooring even inside the pool to ensure a smooth visual blend! Inside, the house unravels into multiple levels. The entrance of the home is on the top-most level alongside the garage. The ground level houses the bedrooms and a spa - sitting pretty alongside the pool and garden - with another garden and an outdoor dining area below and the living room and kitchen on the first floor.

The dining room is all dressed up with its Paola Lenti table and Carl Hensen chairs - the Boffi fan adds an element of earthy quirk | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
The dining room is all dressed up with its Paola Lenti table and Carl Hensen chairs - the Boffi fan adds an element of earthy quirk Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

While the home itself took five years to complete, Sabrina and her team got the garden ready first, “…so we could start hosting lunches and dinners immediately,” she exclaims! The best part about designing the house was “knowing exactly how my guests and I would be using it. For example, we have a napping area close to every lunch spot,” she laughs. 

One of the more outdoorsy living areas, this one does bear a vibrant holiday mood with most of the furniture by Paola Lenti | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
One of the more outdoorsy living areas, this one does bear a vibrant holiday mood with most of the furniture by Paola Lenti Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

Before she started work on the villa, Sabrina says, “I intended to inspire myself with the surroundings, the beautiful sea view and a magical garden around”. And when we ask her about her favourite area to spend time in, she says, “The poolside! We spend entire days there. There is also the bar area which is always fun…there’s an in-built sitting area with Dolce leopard fabric. I also have my own beach with sand and Paola Lenti furniture that always reminds me of Mexico! My husband spends most of his time in a space that looks like a tent from the Beverly Hills Hotel!”

Picture windows, framing the stunning blue water beyond, are an important style element in this home | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
Picture windows, framing the stunning blue water beyond, are an important style element in this home Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

As lovely as the entire set up is, bringing it all together was hardly cakewalk - there were more than a couple of things that did not go according to the plan, and delayed authorisations were among the biggest hurdles faced by her team. In fact, that is one of the things Sabrina insists homeowners should clear before starting on a home refurbishing/ building project. Another important lesson she learnt was on optimising space — “Like on a yacht, it’s important to optimise every corner, every nook has to be useful. For example, we had an area above the garage with the most beautiful view that was originally a garden. We never used it. We converted it into an outdoor gym and now, we spend so much time there!” 

The artwork by Marcello Lo Giudice is definitely the hero here | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
The artwork by Marcello Lo Giudice is definitely the hero here Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

Considering the home also extends itself regularly to the couple’s friends, Sabrina paid special attention to the planning of the guest suites. “Privacy is really important. I designed the guest area separate and made sure they have everything in their bedrooms - it is all planned like a mini hotel for them!” As we let that thought sink in, an alluring image of ivory rooms dressed up with colourful artworks comes to the mind after it is quickly replaced by the sight of that stunning Mediterranean-styled poolside, with its cacti accents and aqua highlights. We definitely want an invitation too!

The outdoor dining area makes a happy appearance, all dressed up for a summery brunch for Sabrina and her friends | Villa Riviera | Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino | STIR
The outdoor dining area makes a happy appearance, all dressed up for a summery brunch for Sabrina and her friends Image Credit: Yvan Grubski

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Ronitaa Italia

Ronitaa Italia

A prolific writer and journalist with 20 years of experience, Ronitaa has helmed premier magazines - ELLE DECOR India, GoodHomes, Home & Design TRENDS. She is known for her engaging content, piquant ideas, and reportage of design trends.

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