The holiday season is upon us. Lights have just started to go up in my neighborhood and I saw a few festive window displays this morning on Via Condotti and Via Babuino. I haven’t seen any panettone movie commercials. Several friends have assured me they are coming. Excellent. One of my goals for 2014 is … Continue reading Stylish Simplicity – Williams Sonoma – Rustic Italian Platter
I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week! Where has this year gone? I am loving the autumn color explosion at the flower stands in my neighborhood. I want to incorporate some of those colors into interesting Thanksgiving floral arrangements. I thought, “What Would Martha Do?” Lo and behold I found the ones below on her … Continue reading Three Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Ideas From Martha Stewart
This week, LONNY wrote about the new J.K. Place Hotel. Believe the hype. It’s gorgeous. Months ago, one of my vendors told me I had to see the chartreuse DEDAR fabric architect/interior designer Michele Bonan used in the cafe. I finally had a chance to see it when my friend Erica and I went to … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – J.K. Place Hotel – Rome
The lovely Diana asked me if I could write about my trip to the island of Salina for her “Show and Tell” series on her blog Browsing Italy. My post is HERE. I had a great time in Salina. The minute the ferry pulled into Salina’s port, I forgot about the long journey to get … Continue reading Guest Blogging at Browsing Italy about Salina, Sicily
My friend Taiye finally had a break during her international book tour and was making lunch at her place. I wanted to pick up some flowers. I went to my flower stand in Campo dei Fiori but none of the flowers I had in mind were in season. Instead, I decided to go with some … Continue reading Stylish Simplicity – Peperoncini (Tiny Peppers)
Over the summer my friend Annie invited me to spend the weekend at her in-laws. They live in Fiuggi. It’s only an hour south of Rome but at least a good ten degrees cooler. I happened to visit during Fiuggi’s sagra. It was outstanding. When a large group of people started to do the Electric … Continue reading Castello Di Fumone – Design Inspiration, An Imprisoned Pope, and Drowned Non Virgins.