Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Credenza and Table





Today as promised I’m going to show you the last job I did in Italy.  The last job before I left.  There will still be other jobs in Italy in the future, “Salve Italia”.

I hope this will be inspiring.  As you know I love grey, this was a taupe-grey.  Here I did the credenza a shade lighter than the table.  Distressed both the pieces.  Then on the table I sanded the edges irregularly and added bronze.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Year 2015




I can hear the train whistling in the distance.
I’m drinking a Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita
Why because I’m in Cali not Italy, it is still so shocking.
It was 68 degrees today- unprecedented!
The sky was deep blue, now it is black.
At night I look up in the sky and there are so many stars I know I’m home and this is my big sky.
I’m sorry I disappeared for a bit there I took an unannounced hiatus.
I did just move across the world.  There may be more hiatuses to come.
I’m back now and I want to wish you
Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Making a Forest Christmas Wreath



I'm now on the “Flipside”.
All the way across the world in Cali (California).
I got my freedom.
We are moving into a tiny cottage and I don’t exaggerate when I say tiny.  Now the Simple Life will be truly tested.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Big News



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The Simple Life (ha!)

Hello my darlings.

Do you like to be shocked and surprised?

I hope you answered YES.

The girls and I have moved from Italy to California.

After 12 years abroad we are now moving back home to start a new adventure.
IT IS SO EXCITING!

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Cheers,
Natalie

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Painted Ceiling in Perugia





Here is the café at the train station in Perugia, Italy.

The ceiling is fantastic!

I also love the crumbling effect on the walls painted over in deep rich red.  I can see having a loft space with the walls aged in this manner.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Little Shabby Chic and French Provincial



Happy Friday it is almost the weekend.

Today I’m just showing an after and before photo. 

I fell in love with this piece the moment I saw it.  I like the curved legs and curved door, plus a corner piece is always lovely.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy 2nd Anniversary Sette Design Blog



Can you believe it we have made two years.  We are still kicking!

It sure has been fun.
Will we make it to three years.  Will you still be here?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stones for Peace



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You never know what you might find here at Sette Design.  I hope this is a tiny part of why you keep coming back.

I made a simple discovery recently, if I leave stones around the house it makes people happy.  I love to collect stones from the river or from the Adriatic and then display them around the house, sometimes with art or sometimes just randomly left around.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How To Grow Rosemary Topiaries




Hello EVERYONE

Yes I did tint the colors on the photo above, did I get your attention?

I have been working on this project for so long and I have been excited to show you.  Why, because it is easy and simple and so pretty. This is what we just love here at Sette Design.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Marcus Aurelius


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Today just a few words from my hero Marcus and then some pretty photos.
Sending joy across the world to YOU!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Painting a Restaurant - Distressing Walls





Here are the finished shots of the restaurant I have been working on in the center of our city, Foligno, Italy.


Everyone was thrilled with the the final look, rustic, distressed, aged walls and two smooth plum colored back walls, which gave a nice accent.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn, Apples and Apple Pie


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How are you?  Are you an Autumn type of person?  Do you thrive as the weather begins to turn cold?  I must say that I’m more of a Spring and Summer California girl but I do love the golden light of Umbria at this time of year.  It is crazy how the light really turns orange or sepia.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Glamour Moment


I’m having a little glamour moment at work.  I’m painting a restaurant right in the main Piazza of our city Foligno, Italy.

I’m must say that the space is gorgeous with vaulted ceilings and a stone wall and beautiful old wooden tables.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Antiquing and Distressing Furniture




For a long time I have wanted to paint a piece that was painted brown underneath and then creamy white on top.

A while back I found a beautiful antique dresser that was already painted a good chocolate brown.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lavender in Umbria, Italy




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Just a few words today.
Lavender lavender lavender,
Umbria not Provence,
A whole heap of lavender.
The smell is so pungent it almost knocks you over when you walk in our door.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wall of Furniture




I love the idea of furniture or living in design being alternative, day dreamy or fantastical.  I believe that if our eyes are intrigued, our minds expand.

I took a class in University called Architecture Futures.  I was so in awe of the professor that I hard time speaking to him (I think my eyes watered or my face became blotchy, some bad action) he was splendidly smart and interesting to listen to, he believed that in the future our rooms and interiors would be made out of water in an organic way. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Almost September





The Simple Life

I cannot believe that it is almost September.  Here in Italy it seems like the heat is hitting us now. 

My girls still have another 2 weeks before school starts.

I’ve started lighting candles in the morning at the breakfast table, even if no one wakes up to come to breakfast.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Earthquakes, Espresso and Ice Cream




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Yesterday at 3:20 A.M. there was a huge Earthquake in Napa Valley.

My family in California is fine.
We have a house in the Napa Valley and even one on the coast that the San Andreas Fault passes under.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY Beaded Painted Crystal Lamp




For a long time I have wanted to make a beaded lamp.  I  wanted a tall freestanding one, but this is what I had in my studio.  The shade has a good structure to start with because the frame of the lampshade had many parts to attach the wire and beads.