Tag Archives: Italy

The Antiques Diva Does Italia!

We’re speaking Italian on this Travel Tuesday with some exciting news. Our ONLY choice for European lifestyle tours, The Antiques Diva, is expanding to, you guessed it, Italia; and Toma is already working her magic on the romantic language by … Continue reading

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Grassroots Run Deep: Green Provocateur in Milan

The world is heading to Milan for Salone Internazionale del Mobile forthwith and it’s likely that everyone in the design world is going to be met with an entirely different landscape than they’ve encountered in central Milan in the past, … Continue reading

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A Meaningful Mosaic Monday: Julie Richey Style

Julie Richey’s “La Corrente,” a marble, glass smalti and seashell dress sculpture, has won the Best 3-D Mosaic award, a distinction given to her by the 2011 Mosaic Arts International—an annual international juried exhibition of contemporary mosaic art. “La Corrente” … Continue reading

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Cleto Munari’s New York Debut (Finally!)

There is something to be said for waiting patiently for “the next big thing.” That said, I have absolutely no patience when it comes to postponing visionaries being celebrated in our American design milieu, which in so many ways lacks … Continue reading

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Ceramic Tile: The Perfect Bedfellow

You might not think of ceramic tile as the perfect bedfellow, but that’s exactly what was on our minds in May when I participated in a panel with Bart Bettiga, the executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association, and … Continue reading

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Handwriting on the Wall?

The New City Notebooks Hi everyone: remember these fresh new Moleskine City Notebooks I took with me to Europe several weeks ago? I had a blast filling them with notes about London and Milan, and jotting down everything I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Heft of Time

So, today’s #LetsBlogOff topic is “Are blogs as important as bloggers think they are?” Now what kind of question is that, Paul Anater, you instigator you? I can only seriously answer this in one way: “I have absolutely no idea … Continue reading

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Tapping Into Tuscany

This trip to Italy has been one that has brought me a mind-blowing loss for words. I’ll be putting a more comprehensive post together about my time here at Castel Monastero tomorrow. For now, I give you this tease from … Continue reading

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You’ll Find Me in the Garden

I took a tour of the Figini Pagani Progettazioni offices in Lake Como this morning. The firm, which was founded by Erasmo Figini and Susanna Pagani, designed the villas and other buildings on the grounds of the CastaDiva Resort and … Continue reading

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What is Heaven?

I took a tour of CastaDiva this morning with Silvia Ballerini and am wowed by the property. I’m guessing once you see this brief moment of beauty from my terrace and the above image by Paul Clemence, you will be, too! … Continue reading

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