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 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.
I stopped practicing yoga over fifteen years ago after I seriously injured my right wrist. I was taking “Power Yoga” classes and I don’t think I paid enough attention to what was going on with my body. I couldn’t focus long enough in class. My mind was always racing, thinking about all the things … Continue reading Eat, Pray, Move – Tuscany
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
My apologies for the radio silence. Work has been bonkers. One of my clients moved back to the States. She was a high-ranking diplomat and her term was up. We needed to organize a major international move for someone who had lived in Rome for quite some time. My trip to La Bandita was the … Continue reading Design Inspiration – La Bandita Countryhouse
Earlier I wrote about the interior design of La Bandita Townhouse. Clearly the owners, John and Ondine, have put as much thought into the service as they did into the décor. From the first email to book my room, until the day I left, the service was (as the young folks say) on fleek. This … Continue reading Life in Rome – My Trip to Pienza, Tuscany
I’ve read about La Bandita, a country house near Pienza and have seen photos of it in various shelter magazines/design articles. A little over a year ago, John Voigtmann and his wife Ondine Cohane opened La Bandita Townhouse converting a former convent in center of Pienza into a 12-room boutique hotel. My friend Gillian and husband … Continue reading Design Inspiration – La Bandita Townhouse – Pienza, Tuscany
One of my friends asked me what my word is for 2015. Another asked about my resolutions. I’ve given both a great deal of thought. What I really need to do in 2015 is stop being a control freak. I’m driving myself (and my friends) crazy. While it’s a good thing (especially in a detail … Continue reading Hello 2015!
Last year I wrote about the vacation home in Tuscany I’m working on with architect Domenico Minchili. Our clients had some photos taken and below are a few of them. First, a before shot of the living room. After. The room is so much lighter. The new “old” floors make a huge difference as does … Continue reading The Tuscany Project
We were very lucky in Rome this week. No Polar Vortex. That said, it’s freezing in the morning. When I saw the picture below I sighed. Loudly. I’m pretty sure this fireplace is bigger than my apartment. The fireplace is original to the home. How gorgeous are these floors? Photo: elledecor.com I hope it warms … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – A Tuscan Fireplace