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
My sister and my brother-in-law had their first child last month. My brother and my sister-in-law have two boys so now I have three nephews. Nurseries are fun rooms to decorate. However, it can be a stressful time for families as they try to get this room together before the baby arrives. Below are some … Continue reading The Design Files – Nursery Tips
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
I’m still getting to know my neighborhood. One Sunday morning, I jogged past an interesting store window and made a mental note to check it out. Oh man, this place is going to be an issue. E’ Stile is a concept bookstore focusing on art, fashion, and interior design/architecture. They have a GREAT book selection. … Continue reading Io Adoro – E’ Stile Bookstore