As a small sized corporation, INS Portugal provides a fully personalized client experience, that places the customer in direct contact with the company’s managers, thus benefiting from their support and flexibility in perceiving each one’s personal needs. With the objective of transforming the working space into a more pleasant atmosphere – mirroring the professional dynamism of the INS team, while allowing for an instantaneous connection with the new client – INS has selected the talented interior decorator Catherine Cabral to put her magic to work and give a new image to the existing space.
The Atelier Catherine Cabral started a full renovation project of the entire INS space, establishing as a priority the comfort of the client and of the entire team that uses the area on a daily basis.
Given the open space nature of the layout, Catherine created distinct areas through the use of furniture pieces and lighting, so that the clients could easily identify with the ambiance and the décor. The selection fell on neutral colors and items mixing noble materials with natural ones, following an organic line that creates harmony within a mostly straight-lined space architecture.
Her great taste, technical ability and focus on the client, brought a different, renovated and very inviting space to INS, creating an area where one feels like staying. Catherine concluded with a very positive report of this project: “it’s easy to work with people that, like us, live a residence and wellbeing, as premises of their business”.
Born in Lisbon, 43 years ago, in a French-mother and Brazilian-father family, it was in Cascais that Catherine Cabral found her home. She graduated in Interior Architecture and Decorative Arts, and followed on with an internship in Paris, still her second city to this date. Later on, she opened the Atelier Catherine Cabral Interiors, a studio now with more than 18 years of experience in Architecture and Interior Decoration project development. Catherine has gained a reputation for her good taste, technical prowess and for always creating environments and spaces perfectly functional and appropriate to the client’s wish. Discover the village of Cascais through the eyes of Catherine Cabral.
Professional activity: Interior Decorator
Main personal achievements: I have a family that explores together with me the best that life has to offer.
Future projects: The atelier has grown, and through a lot of work, became a reference. As such, future projects are all those that we are working on at the moment, as they are the ones that will bring more work, more acknowledgment and more projection in the market.
How do you present the village to those that don’t know it? I’ll present it as a little paradise, full of history, nature and originality. A real charm.
What are the points of interest that the visitor cannot miss? Why?
The Bairro dos Museus (Museum Neighborhood), because with some time available, one can explore several culture dedicated spaces, like, for instances, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (Paula Rego House of Stories), the Sommer House, particularly connected to Cascais history, and of course, the Counts of Castro Guimarães Museum!
Complete the following sentences:
Only in Cascais will I find… a “village of Kings and fishermen, with a unique cachet”.
A perfect day in Cascais is like this.…eat an ice cream with my son and walk around the bay, finishing at Marechal Carmona Park, chasing ducks and turtles!
We cannot leave Cascais without…
Go by the Citadel, Boca do Inferno and follow the road until Guincho, on a bycicle.
Your Best of Cascais:
Places that one cannot miss visiting:
- a monument: Cascais Citadel Palace
- a museum/cultural space: Sommer House
- a garden: Marechal Carmona Park
- a view: Guincho Fortress
- a beach: Cresmina Beach, already in Guincho!
The best leisure/outdoor activities in Cascais: stroll along the road to Guincho.
The best hotels: Fortaleza do Guincho
The best restaurants:
- Of author cuisine: Cantinho do Avillez
- Of Portuguese cuisine: Fortaleza do Guincho
- Of fish and shellfish: Mar do Inferno Restaurant
- For appetizers: The Marisco na Praça and O Valério, both at Cascais Marina. Difficult to pick one, all excellent!
- To eat at a “good value”: a Hot Dog by Boca do Inferno, to recall adolescence!
- For a ‘healthier’ meal: Locally, at Cascais Market.
- To enjoy the view: As Furnas do Guincho restaurant.
The best cafes: Sacolinha.
The best shops for shopping:
- Fashion: nowadays, I buy almost everything on line or otherwise, in Lisbon.
- Portuguese products: Cascais Market, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Article in a partnership between Bestguide and INS