Last week my friend Livia invited me to an intimate lunch at the lovely home of Marchesa Violante Guerrieri Gonzaga. Violante is one of the most down to earth Marchese I’ve ever met. Hello, I’ve met people who are Kings and Queens of nothing and yet, as the kids would say, they had a … Continue reading The Most Beautiful Private Terrace 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 hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Yes, I know technically it’s still summer despite the fact that some retailers in the States are already selling Spiced Pumpkin Latte mixes and there are bloggers talking about Halloween. I don’t understand this rush. Let’s enjoy this month and getting ready for fall. This is my favorite … Continue reading September!
I noticed this large abandoned palazzo when I first moved to Rome. I wondered what the history of the building was and why it was falling apart. I found out that it was a city owned property built in 1929. It used to be the headquarters for the Health Administration. Once those offices moved, the … Continue reading Palazzo Merulana, Rome
You may have heard that there’s a royal wedding this weekend in the U.K. I’m very curious about Meghan’s wedding dress. Her style is classic. She wears the clothes, not the other way around. Meghan’s not jumping on every random trend and clearly knows what works for her figure. The only look I didn’t love … Continue reading The Design Files – Royal Wedding Dresses
The other week, my friend Michelle and I decided to meet in Chiusi for lunch and then take the train to Montepulciano, a hill town in southern Tuscany near Siena. Michelle lives in Florence and Chiusi was the prefect half-way point. However, once we were in Chiusi we saw the sporadic train schedule and noticed … Continue reading Montepulciano – Under A Tuscan Sun
I follow writer/director Nancy Meyers on Instagram. She recently published a post regarding the upcoming fifteenth anniversary of her film. I cannot believe it’s been that long since the release of one of the best interior design films ever produced. Yes, I know the movie isn’t about interior design but the production design was so … Continue reading The Design Files – Something’s Gotta Give, Fifteen Years Later
The two things people ask me all the time when they’ve learn how long I’ve lived here are, if I have any regrets or when am I moving back to America. If this were a sabbatical, I would’ve moved back by now and more importantly, I wouldn’t have gone through the hell that is getting … Continue reading Ten Years Ago I Moved to Rome, Italy
Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings you much joy, peace, and happiness. I have read about and seen photos of the infamous trulli. Alberobello, which we visited during our Eat, Pray, Move, retreat, was packed with many American tourists even though it was late September. I can see why. There’s nothing like it. This … Continue reading Day Trip to Alberobello, Puglia
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.