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
Ciao Bloggisti, How was the rest of your summer? The rientro was/is intense but I’m loving this back-to-school vibe. Folks are rested and ready. My summer was pretty uneventful, except for a visit from my younger sister. Daniella was speaking at conference in Hamburg, Germany and decided to return to the States from Rome. It … Continue reading Life in Rome – A Day Trip to Ischia
Ciao Bloggisti, I wish more American cooking shows aired in Italy. We have shows from the UK and France but not many (only the Masterchef shows) from the USA. I wonder why? I think the Barefoot Contessa would do well here. What’s there not to love? Ina makes fantastic food and the settings/locations are gorgeous … Continue reading Rhapsody in Green – Ina Garten’s Garden
Ciao Bloggisti, How’s the summer treating you so far? As I wrote in my previous post, I’m trying to improve my attitude and to be more social. My friend Courtney and I had plans to meet for aperitivi on Saturday. Instead of dealing with crowds in the Historic Center on a hot Saturday evening, I … Continue reading Life in Rome – Aperitivi at the Beach