Thursday, 27 December 2007
Leave for Vienna tomorrow. It better fucking snow because I had to dish out 350euro for snow chains!
What I was last to find out was that with the Mini Cooper D, you cant just grab the cheap set of snow chains. Noooooo, You have to get special ones to fit the special tires. Thats so absurd. But I love my car, so I'm just going to let it go.
I still haven't packed or anything related to leaving town for 10 days, but I have about 4 hours tomorrow morning to stress about that. As for my Timberlands...Looks like they will see another winter holiday...
So, since I wont be able to stalk my fav blogs, don't be surprised to see your hits drop drastically. But mid January I'll be back and will be sure not to let any of you down!
Happy New Year!
Please arrive today or tomorrow. You see, I ordered you for my trip to Vienna and I leave on Saturday. You boast of being made of fine leather and lined with real shearling. You come from a little French Boutique where I also spent too much on Cashmere scarves, hats gloves and socks. You were supposed to arrive today, but the shop hasn't called yet. Please don't let me down dear Boots. You are a part of my New Fashion Sense. Please don't send me on another Winter Holiday in my Timberlands. In St Petersburg I was embarrassed walking into the Mariinsky Theatre. In Munich they squeaked while walking around Ludwig Castle.
Please Boots, Help me be a better person.
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
After a long day at work.
When I'm Frustrated.
When I'm Cold.
I come here.
I love that I have this. I love that music flows. I love that the lights dim.
I love you Bathroom. I love me for thinking you up, but I love you more for listening, comforting and keeping me warm.
I love you especially today. Today you gave me a full spa treatment in less than an hour and a half. Today I kicked off my boots and transformed myself. Today You made me love you more.
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
- Never miss a payment again for the Kenyan Kids I sponsor to go to school.
- Step Things Up A Notch
- Buy 10 things in 100% Cashmere (Actually, I can cross this off my list. I got a little crazy in a very nice boutique)
- Go to the hairdressers and sort my shit out.
- Get a better sense of style. Very connected to the idea of stepping things up a notch. I look good, but I could look soooo much better if I'd just put some effort in.
- Be nicer to my mom. Okay, be more tolerant of my mom. Okay, find a way to get my mom out of my house and into her own apartment so she can stop driving me crazy and my husband I can start having sex again.
- Sort out my husband's style. He is a partner now and almost all of our friends are loaded/nobles. Its time to retire the Old Navy Jeans...
- Bring it hard to my job.
- Write more and think less
- Start the Torriglia House Project
If you haven't got your list together, get it done.
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Reason: Its one of the most beautiful places I've visited.
Its worth mentioning that my husband and I are completely against going to the same country twice. Having said that, we went to Croatia last summer, swam and snorkeled in crystal blue water, sunbathed nude on deserted beaches and ate fresh fish like pigs for 25euro together. And we did it all in mid August smack dab in the middle of peak season. Did I mention we can even get there by car?
Plus, where else can you get an apartment like this...
And have a 360degree view from the terrace like this...
Of things like this...
All for less than 500euro? Nowhere. At least no place as safe, clean and accessible.
Croatia is hot. If you have the chance, Go. If you don't, know that you are seriously missing out.
PS I've rented the annex. The main house which sleeps 2 in the bedroom and 2 on a sofa bed is still available and is also quite nice.
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
"What's going on?"
"You'll see." Mitch replied overly satisfied and scooched past me to continue down the street.
I looked up at my gorgeous building to see if I could identify anything out of the ordinary.
Unable to reach a conclusion, and very curious at this point, I walked up to building's main entrance and unlocked the iron doors...
As I entered I heard voices. Voices that I recognized. Voices that spelled trouble.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Anyway, now that he has got his own apartment, instead of 'Popping' he is the kind of guy that likes to create environments where nothing has more potential than the things or people around him. That way nothing in particular is ever expected of him and if, on the off chance, he does come up with something brilliant to say, it would stand out and chime. I guess that's why this room works so well for him...
Now don't get the impression that I'm anti-dark because I'm not. My good friend Jasmine does the dark thing and her place is great.
I mean, if Mitch weren't so busy being bitter, he could pull something off like this in his place too. Its all a matter of spinning things. In life and in decor.
Plus, don't forget that my inspiration room was way dark, and way inspirational.
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Sinthia, daughter of Mr and Mrs Franshpipal, has never been discreet. I know this because she lives 2 floors above me and has been known for her wild parties and wilder tantrums. She is loud and extravagant and she always makes it a point to stand out. No matter where she is or who she is with, she always seems to find a way to distinguish herself from others. She has never blended in with the background, but instead always 'Popped'. Yes, I guess you could say she has that 'Pop' factor to her that instantly makes her an interesting person. So interesting, in fact, that even though she can drive you up the wall at times, you still find yourself drawn to her.
Her home is the same. Each element is distinct and stands out from the others while continuing to work well with its surroundings.
Aside from being a Popper, she has always been the kind of person who has said exactly what was on her mind. She is so hardcore, she doesn't even need to open her mouth to do this. She can just look at you, in that way, and the message is crystal clear. She got this strength from her parents...And that's just about the only thing she got.
Now I'm no geneticist, but I've seen enough episodes of CSI to know that if both of your parents are short, stubby and have heads full of black bushy hair, the likeliness of producing a tall, slender, blond-haired, blue-eyed child is not exactly high. Normally I wouldn't stick my nose into other peoples business, but I heard that when Sinthia was about 6 years old, a distinctive Swedish man came and took her away for an entire summer. Mr and Mrs Franshpipal claim that she had been away at a summer camp for 'gifted children', but I never bought that for a minute. I mean, everyone knows going away to 'gifted kids school' is just code for 'got knocked up and have to hide the baby'. And since she was only 6 years old at the time, Mr and Mrs Franshpipal really need to think about opening another family business because selling all that crack just isn't working anymore...
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
I didn't pay her...I SWEAR!!!
Plus, a huge thanks to coco+kelley and suggestions from Mélanie . The new dining room is almost ready.
Until then, I have tons of other characters to introduce. They are all based on images that inspire me, people I know and situations that come to mind. I mean, why just say how a room makes you feel when you can take it a step further and create the people who live in them. Makes sense to me.
PS Cassandra, dont even think you are done with the dining room, there is still the tv wall to sort out, little lady!
Monday, 5 November 2007
Anyway, Mr and Mrs Franshpipal moved to the Italian countryside just after the Second World War. Rumor has it that they bought the house with bars of pure gold that they had been hiding under their apartment building during the German occupation. Now I'm not one to speculate or gossip, but I heard that they hadn't actually retrieved what was theirs, but had instead stumbled upon the gold while trying to dig out (with their bare hands) a secret passage under their building. You see, from what I could gather, before the war they were as poor as poor could be and that tripping over the gold was no different than the 'Beverly Hillbillies' striking oil. I also heard that they had found no less than 20 bars of pure gold and that the two of them, using only their hands and their brute strength, lugged all those bars of gold in one single trip across the French border and into the Italian village where they still reside today.
I only mention this because now they are quite rich and with that money they have painstakingly restored their manor with all its original features and then some. Now I personally have only been in the front entrance which leads to the ground floor bathroom, and even those areas were no short of impressive.
They were exactly like this...
Anyway, She has also got an amazing country house...No, seaside house...No, no, country house with a covered back porch that looks a lot like this...
The first was that the windows were exposed to the neighbors who were desperately and constantly trying to get a peep at Madison's perfect body
And the second reason was that they were a reflection of herself. They were crazy and wacky in such a perfect kind of way.
Wow, That Madison sure has got style!
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Recently Desire to Inspire posted some photos of peoples dogs on sofas and chairs. They were cute and funny and I immediately thought of my Eva. Then I said "Mads, get over yourself. They have got tons of photos from other people. They dont need yours"
I forgot about it (not really) and woke up this morning and went straight for my camera.
And so, here they are...
Friday, 2 November 2007
If I had the space I would create a room like this...
These colours are boldly relaxing and the room is so warm. Dark but not gloomy. I was dreaming about how wonderful these colours were and thinking of where I could incorporate them into my own home when it hit me..
I already have those colours!
I had used the idea of this colour scheme in my kitchen and after reading the article in Elle Decor Italia, fell in love with the colours (and my kitchen) even more.
The colour schemes are these...
(Elle Decor Italia Nov 2007)
And here is my kitchen...
Yet another example of me having no idea what I'm doing but somehow managing to put two and two together...
(Elle Decor Italia Nov 2007)
This is designer free climb wall in a gym in Japan. They used picture frames, bird cages, side tables, etc to create a free climb wall. This is exactly what I love (and miss) about Tokyo. You can literally find anything and everything imaginable and unimaginable. But this...This is just plain GENIUS.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
And so, 3 countries later I find myself living in Italy with a whole new wealth of Bunka to bathe in...and a love of interior design.
To share my home reconstruction, the beauty of my city, the interesting inspirations I come across, and the insane situations I find myself in.
And to do it all in a positive and productive way.
Much love from Liguria