Darryl Carter‘s boutique was on my list of must sees during my trip to Washington, DC last month. I’ve read about it and seen many photos of it. Yet, I was not ready! Mr. Carter is one of my favorite interior designers. He usually works with neutral palettes and I love his modern take on … Continue reading Design Inspiration – Darryl Carter’s Boutique, Washington, DC
I have lived in Parioli for a year now and love it. When I told people I was moving from the Historic Center to Parioli, everyone had an opinion (mostly negative). “It’s so boring,” was one of the main criticisms I heard regarding Parioli. Granted, it’s not as exciting as living around the corner from … Continue reading Life in Rome – Ercoli 1928 Parioli
Buon Anno! Man, am I happy to see 2017. I’m really looking forward to this year, despite all the craziness in the world. I have no control over these many complicated political and social issues but I can control how I react to them. There’s a lot of ugliness and hatred in this world. I’m … Continue reading Life in Rome – The Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibit
Ciao Bloggisti, Earlier I wrote about the Via Monserrato project. One of the other apartments we worked on was located two blocks away on Via Banchi Vecchi. It was a new apartment for our client. The apartment was empty so we didn’t have the same logistical issues but two bathrooms, and the kitchen had to … Continue reading Before & After – Via Banchi Vecchi Project
Ciao Bloggisti, I know matching curtains, wallpaper, and even bed covers are having a moment. I think this style can look lovely in a Manhattan Classic Six bedroom or a home in the English countryside. In general though, I’m not a fan of what interior designers/decorators refer to, in very technical terms, as matchy-matchy. So … Continue reading The Design Files – Yes, You Can Mix Stripes and Prints.
Ciao Bloggisti, Villa Farnesina has been on my “need to visit” list for quite some time. One rainy afternoon, I decided to schlep across town. It was worth the trip. This villa is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. In 1509, the wealthy banker Sienese Agostino Chigi commissioned architect Baldassarre Peruzzi (who was … Continue reading Life in Rome – Villa Farnesina
Ciao Bloggisti, I’m suffering from a bit of Sicily withdrawal. Please bear with me. Thanks to a birthday present from my parents (thank Mom and Dad!), I returned to Sicily for a long weekend. There was an airline strike and my flight departed over two hours late. The weather was horrible. I rented a car … Continue reading A Belated Birthday Trip to Sicily