The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style by Melanie Acevedo & Dara Caponigro, is gorgeous book that takes us into the beautiful homes of dynamic people who work in a variety of creative fields. Ms. Acevedo is a well known photographer. Ms. Caponigro was one of the founders of DOMINO magazine and … Continue reading The Design Files – The Authentics
Breakups are stressful. Moving is stressful. Moving after a breakup? We’re talking stress squared. Anika Jackson, VP at Real Beauty Real Women, asked me to write a decorating post with some tips on how to make the transition a bit smoother. To read the rest of the post, click HERE. Continue reading Decorating 101 for the Suddenly Single
Edited by Carl Dellatore, INTERIOR DESIGN MASTER CLASS: 100 Lessons From America’s Finest Designers On The Art of Decoration, is an outstanding book. Although it’s geared towards students of design and professionals, this book would appeal to anyone who’s curious about interiors. The book is divided into six sections: theory, structure, style, process, elements, and … Continue reading The Design Files – Interior Design Master Class
Traditional interiors will be big in 2018 according to various interior design articles. I never received the memo that they were “out”. I don’t think they ever went away, especially in cities like New Orleans, Charleston (SC), and Washington, DC. I don’t belive in following trends. It’s helpful to know what is going on in … Continue reading The Design Files – Traditional Interiors are Back
I went to Florence for the first time during my second vacation in Italy. I stayed for a couple of days. My second trip was a few years later during the first month I lived in Italy. I couldn’t wait to leave both times. The second trip was over nine years ago and I believed … Continue reading I Used to Hate on Florence, Italy.
One of my friends, who owns a boutique travel agency in Italy, told me that finding four star hotels in Rome is difficult. She said there are great options at the five-star high-end level and at the economical end but there are too many four-stars that are really a three- star at best. Enter Le … Continue reading Life in Rome – Mini-break at Le Méridien Visconti Hotel
The Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Located south of Siena, it’s home to some of the most gorgeous vistas in Italy. I cannot wait to return. The first night we stayed at La Bandita. We arrived just in time to drive back down the steep hill to … Continue reading A Weekend in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia Region