Design Inspiration – La Bandita Townhouse – Pienza, Tuscany

I’ve read about La Bandita, a country house near Pienza and have seen photos of it in various shelter magazines/design articles. A little over a year ago, John Voigtmann and his wife Ondine Cohane opened La Bandita Townhouse converting a former convent in center of Pienza into a 12-room boutique hotel. My friend Gillian and husband … Continue reading Design Inspiration – La Bandita Townhouse – Pienza, Tuscany

Castello Di Fumone – Design Inspiration, An Imprisoned Pope, and Drowned Non Virgins.

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.

Work In Progress – Beach House – Anguilla, British West Indies

“Soon Come.” This Caribbean expression is very similar to the Italian word, domani.   Technically,  domani means tomorrow, but in Italy it could mean months or years from now.  The concept of time is very different. Soon come is the same thing. “When is your tio (uncle) visiting from the States?” “Soon come.” When I was a … Continue reading Work In Progress – Beach House – Anguilla, British West Indies