Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Six Years of Blogging

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Let’s celebrate together, you my faithful readers and I:

the sixth anniversary of my Blog.

On October 15th, 2008 my first attempt to write a post resulted in a short description of my intent…six years later I still love to talk about Italy, books, art, old and new design, food, lifestyle.

Classical eye, contemporary flair: you can see them in some of my posts on different subjects. Clicking on the links below each image will bring you to my posts and from there to other posts and from there…well you know…

 

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Unusual houses

 

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Art

 

Music (enjoy the concert)

 

Designers' houses

 

Sandro Chia house in Tuscany

Artists' houses

 

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Books

 

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Old houses and new design

 

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Travel

 

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Milano

 

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Venice

 

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Food

 

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Lifestyle

It has been a wonderful journey, through my Blog I connected with many people, I made friends, I received awards and recognition in the design world, I wrote articles for magazines, I discovered new paths, I learned every day something new and …most important…I had FUN.

A big thank you to all my followers.

 

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Swinging IDSWest 2014

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Here I am enjoying Prosecco on a swing at the opening night for the 10th Anniversary of IDSWest, an event any person passionate about design attend every year.

 

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Media Lounge at the beginning of the Opening Party

 

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Interior designer Alda Pereira, in Dries Van Noten…with Alicja Kudiba-Maurer of European Touch Hardwood and Interior designer Robert Bailey having a good time.

As last year Dinner by Design was a well received event, using the creativity of several designers for wonderful and so diverse table settings.

 

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Provide Home monochrome tablescape

 

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BYU (Bob’s your uncle Design) sleek table

 

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The Cross Decor and Design romantic table.

 

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William Switzer created some fun with the event:

7 Chairs That Dare

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Grace Gordon-Collins

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And her After Midnight chair

 

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Robert Bailey

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And his Cameo chair

 

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Talented Martha Sturdy with her new line of jewellery and sculptures

 

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Finally me again, this time dwarfed by beautiful Shannon Heth of Heth PR, a full service lifestyle public relations agency, with a team of passionate media strategists. They have done a great job again this year!

Photography © Albarosa Simonetti

The Cross Design Image from their website

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Exquisite wallpaper … and more

 

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T‘Askew’ design in full custom design colours on a bleached white dyed silk. De Gournay ‘Chinese Chippendale George III’ mirror in the Chambord finish.

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‘Early Views of Italy’ design in Azure design colours on Azure scenic paper. Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva. Photography by Nial Clutton.

 

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‘Oriental Landscape’ design in part custom design colours on Emerald Green dyed silk. Photography by Jonny Valiant.

Today I had the pleasure of seeing the most beautiful wallpaper and textile samples… if you are familiar with the name de Gournay  you know what I mean, otherwise run to their website and enjoy the exquisite hand painted wallpapers, hand painted fabrics , hand painted porcelain and hand carved furnishings.

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Rachel de Gournay from the de Gournay family and Gwendolyn Rayner, director of the New York Showroom were in Vancouver to do a presentation. What a treat to see …and touch…the real thing which I admired many times on paper or online.

Silk, Tea paper, Linen, Organza, all the best materials are used to customize wallpaper or textiles to adorn the most exclusive residences or public spaces.

Many collections to choose from and all can be customized to your desire.

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Japanese style

 

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Chinoiserie style

 

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Eclectic style

 

I was so mesmerized that I could not resist to take pictures even from the glossy catalogues on the table:

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Expensive? Perhaps!

Priceless? Absolutely!

Top three images from de Gournay website, other images by Albarosa Simonetti

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

I love Sicily

 

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The South of Italy and particularly the island of Sicily, a microcosm of cultures, is close to my heart.  Most of my life I read every book I could, either from masters like Pirandello, Verga, Sciascia, or just for entertainment like the complete series of Camilleri’s detective Montalbano stories.

I love everything Sicilian (but no, not the mafia!) and for me Sicilian food is one of the best in Italy, with its triumph of flavors, colors and references to past dominations.

This classic Sicilian villa built in the 1800’s  and left vacant for 40 years, with all the original furnishing  covered with white drapes, was recently restored for new owners  by architect Corrado Papa, with great attention to its history and soul.

 

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It sits in a gorgeous garden full of Mediterranean and Tropical plants in Noto, a pre-Roman town renown for its Baroque palaces and churches which were declared a Unesco World Heritage in 2002.

 

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A view of the Loggia inspires dreams of early morning breakfasts or drinks at sunset.

 

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The double staircase which often we can see also on the exterior of Sicilian palaces in this case brings upstairs to the magnificent dining room.

 

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Golden custom wallpaper and antique chairs and table make this dining room in the typical style of  1800 aristocratic Sicilian interiors.

 

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One of the bathrooms is now located in the old kitchen, where we can still see the big water reservoir and the copper pots where water was heated.

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The magnificent trompe l’oeil in the living room has banana trees, agave, jasmine, palms…and luxurious painted draperies inspired by Luchino Visconti timeless masterpiece movie  Il Gattopardo from the superb book by Tomasi di Lampedusa.

The floor is made of Sicilian ceramic tiles with a border of local white stone.

 

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One of the bedrooms with, like in other rooms, custom made wallpaper from France and furniture original from the time the villa was built for the previous owners.

 

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A small chapel was created in another building on the same property.

 

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Amongst olive trees and palms even the pool was carefully designed not to be intrusive in the landscape. No bold blue or turquoise here, but a restrained neutral color for the inside of the pool.

A great project accomplished with the skills of local artisans to maintain the atmosphere, dense of cultural references of the past .

Photography by Aldo Garozzo

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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