“It’s so nice to wake up here,” says fashion designer Mauricio Gonzalez, of the stylish home he shares with partner (in love and business!) Bradley Taylor in Ibiza’s exclusive Roca Llisa urbanisation. Hailing from Mexico and London respectively, Ibiza seemed like the perfect location for the entrepreneurial duo to launch their hot new range of swimwear, Coco Safari, in 2013, and so the search for a beachside pad was on…
The glamourous, beach-chic pad you see today is a testament to Bradley and Mauricio’s shared eye for style. When they arrived on the island, the split-level home was more of an eyesore (with spectacular cliffside views), decorated in the typical yellow-meets-blue colour scheme of ‘90s holiday homes in Ibiza. But not for long!
As founder of Taylor Taylor – the hottest name in hair salons in London and the Maldives – Bradley had previous experience in interiors after designing his award winning salons, and he turned his eye to the classic style of chic beach homes in the Hamptons for inspiration. The couple opted for soft, sophisticated tones of cream, taupe, white and grey offset with natural furnishings of wicker and wood plus the natural stone walls already in place. Star styling includes the horizontal striped walls in the living area, vintage framed photographs lining the walls and a chandelier in the bedroom.
Working from home allows the couple – who were married in 2012 – to make the most of their stylish surrounds (not to mention allowing them to spend more time with beloved pooches Ruby and Peanut!), but there’s a strict house rule that says no working on the sun-drenched terrace. “I like to work here at the table, set up like an office,” explains Mauricio. “And Bradley is more comfortable working form the sofa. We spend a lot of time entertaining and relaxing on the terrace, so we need to keep work separate.”
Speaking of entertaining, this is a house that is full of life, with friends and colleagues constantly passing by to say hello! “Quite often we have guests come for dinner on a Friday and end up staying for the whole weekend,” says Mauricio, who admits they have a little trouble saying no to visitors! Who can blame the visitors for wanting to stay – with that view, that pool plus resident chef Bradley on cooking duties and an endless supply of bikinis and beauty products… what’s not to love?
2014 sees the couple launch their second fashion label to Ibiza – the boho-babe-meets-rock-chick Espiritu Santo – along with new additions to the core Coco Safari line. Bradley continues his forays into the world of hair styling, with his revolutionary new range of products Hippy & The Holistics currently receiving rave reviews (even Ruby and Peanut are lucky enough to be washed and styled with it – we can testify they were the softest, sweetest smelling dogs in Ibiza!), and he remains on the speed dials of his A-list Taylor Taylor clients in London, and of course, when they visit Ibiza.
In addition to all of this, Bradley and Mauricio are have also been involved in the filming of a television show – though details are still hush hush at this stage! So remember their names! You’ll be hearing much more from these guys as the year goes on…