Buongiorno a tutti! Erica Firpo’s Ciao Bella has published my interview with JJ Martin. Yes, it’s true I rave about her and her brand often but I know first hand how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur in Italy. What JJ has created is incredible. It was truly a pleasure to sit down with … Continue reading My Ciao Bella interview with JJ Martin, founder of La Double J
Ciao from a rainy morning in Rome. I know I said I was going to write on this here blog more often but work this year has been very hectic. Perhaps things will slow down during Spring ’22! I’m not complaining as these are good problems to have, especially during these strange pandemic times. I … Continue reading Villa Necchi, A Must See/Do in Milan
I know I’m late to the game but I’ve just recorded my first podcast interview. I have mentioned my friend Erica Firpo’s podcast CIAO BELLA on social media before. It’s fantastic and I’m not saying that because she’s a close friend. This description of Ciao Bella sums it up perfectly. “Italy’s 21st-century creators – contemporary … Continue reading Chatting with Ciao Bella!
I’ve bought baker Sofie Wochner’s cinnamon rolls during the Latteria Studio‘s holiday pop-ups. Big fan. I’ve also heard about the pop-up dinners she and her husband, chef Domenico Cortese, used to hold in various locations through out Rome. Sofie and Domenico have dreamed about opening a restaurant and micro bakery in Rome for years and … Continue reading Marigold – A Delicious Newish Restaurant/Bakery in Rome.
Put me firmly in the YES camp. I’m the middle of sourcing cabinets for our Anguilla Beach House Project. As I read various online design magazines and blogs, it appears that white kitchens are “out”. People are sick of them. Apparently, they are boring and show no creativity. I disagree. I strongly believe that kitchens … Continue reading White Kitchens – Yes or No?
I have written about Franco – Italian Chez Dédé before. I heard about this incredibly talented and creative couple, Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla, from the late great Wonderfool. My friend Courtney and I met the lovely Daria at the store/spa and wanted to buy all their bags. Daria and Andrea are quite modest. I didn’t learn … Continue reading Italian Chic – by Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla
Recently I was in Umbria at my friend’s Elizabeth and Domenico’s house and I posted this photo on Instagram. Quite a few people DM’d, or emailed, me to ask where the plates were from. I remembered Elizabeth’s Instastories from when she visited Pastificio Gentile and seeing the plates. This family owned company has been making pasta since 1876. … Continue reading The Design Files – Beautiful Plates from Pastificio Gentile
I published a post earlier this year regarding how traditional interiors are “in” again. I don’t think they were ever out but I’m thrilled to see color and patterns celebrated again. I recently read about this gorgeous renovation in New York Magazine. I enjoyed The Cut Wendy Goodman’s interesting and informative interview with Interior Designer David … Continue reading The Design Files – A Beautiful Colonial Renovation
Yes, it’s true that Venice has many tourist trap restaurants. Tourist traps don’t care about the quality of their food (and love to over charge people) as it’s a volume business, especially from the mega cruise ships. They will never see those tourists again and locals would never eat there. Do not let the bad … Continue reading The Design Files – Ristorante Local, Venice
My friend Erica invited me to join her on a press trip for the preview of the 16th Architecture Biennale. I haven’t been to any of the Biennale. I follow the art, cinema, and architecture ones on social media but it’s not the same. My first (and last) trip to Venice was twelve years ago, … Continue reading La Biennale Venice – 2018