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
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
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
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
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.
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