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.



For interior spaces I love see a little splash of real greenery, "let’s bring the outdoors inside" idea.  These Rosemary Topiaries are lovely because you can cook with them when you want, use them to make the room smell fresh and have the pleasure of the structure of a topiary.  I understand these are not classic topiary shapes (hardly you say!), yet what I like about them is the free form growth.  To me this is a modern take on country style. As they grow you can cut and form them as you like.

Sette Design faux painted dresser
All I did was cut off some branches from a friend’s big bush.  I tried to find branches that already had a three-prong branch.  I put them in a vase of water for a few days, then I dunked the ends in honey (as a root compound), then I put the branch directly into the soil.   I don’t know if the honey works as a root compound for rosemary but it does work for roses so I gave it a try.

Sette Design Rosemary branches


Sette Design planter in chalk paint 

I trimmed away the leaves from the steam. Then I propped the rosemary up straight with paintbrushes and the wire we have here in Italy to close the bread bag.  Any piece of wire or ribbon will work fine.  Sometimes I use a heavy stone to keep it growing in the right direction.

I found that about ¼ of the branches just didn’t take root.  So plant a bunch of them to be sure to have success.

Sette Design Growing Rosemary Topiaries
Good luck, tell me if you give it a try and if they come out pretty.

If you start now you might have a little Rosemary Topiary to decorate for Christmas time.  It would be a splendid gift to give.

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Cheers,
Natalie

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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





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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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paint It White - Add Color





The power of white is grand.
If you read this blog you know by now that I love color!

White always looks modern and fresh.  I adore interior spaces with white floors and walls and then color added in the furniture rugs, art and flowers.


Here are a few before shots.




I also believe that it is a good exercise in design to paint a few items from your life WHITE and then just add COLOR as you choose.

This little side table I’m creating a special process for my E-Course on Painting Techniques and as you see it here, it is in the white primer phase.  Doesn’t it look so pretty?



Go around your house and grab a few items and paint them all white.  I took a lamp, a cigar box, perfume bottle, side table, basket and a jar.

Sette Design White makes color pop!

My kiwi-green floor is still holding up Click Here for is the post on how I painted it.  I think the key here was I used an anti –scrap finish at the end.  The green floor is doing far better then the floors painted without the anti-scrape varnish.

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Next post I’ll share how I made the lampshade, it was so fun and easy.  Do you like it?  There are some people in my life I won't mention who, they sarcastically question my sanity after seeing that lamp creation.

Tomorrow is a big summer holiday in Italy.
Buon Ferragosto a tutti.

With affection,
Natalie


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Little Bohemian at Heart






Here is the dictionary description of
Bohemian.
As a Noun

     1.     native or inhabitant of Bohemia
     2.     a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free or regard to conventional rules and practices.
     3.     The Czech language, especially as spoken in Bohemia.
     4.     a Gypsy


I say a little Bohemian at heart referring to design. Yet it may have to do with my lifestyle too.  What about YOU?  Do you have a little Bohemia in your heart?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Morning



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Just a few thoughts
on this almost rainy
summer morning in Umbria.

I know that Toni Morrison is “troppo forte” way tough and I at times am too weak to read her.  But I would like to be strong like her.

“If you want to fly,
you got to give up
the shit that weighs you down.”

Toni Morrison

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inspirations in Grey




I'm sorry my readers I disappeared for about 10 days there.  Life gets complicated sometimes...no?

Today I want to post up some inspiration in Grey.  I love grey as a neutral color.  Here in my home I have grey and taupe checker board painted floor and a grey and white kitchen and a dark taupe colored floor in my bedroom.  I love how grey looks with color and how it absorbs color.

So I’m going to show you some inspirational photos with uses of grey.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Plethora of Apricots



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Good Morning my sweets.

It is beautiful warm blue sky day in Umbria.

I wanted to just pause a moment and show you these photos of apricots that I took.
I must say I want to learn to make Jam and be one of those woman who know how to make preserves and I'll even wear a white apron when I do it.  The white apron will not have paint smeared on it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chalk Paint Recipe





I promised I would post up the recipe I did for painting this little shelf cornflower blue. 

I do love chalk paint because it so easily adheres to old furniture.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red White and Blue Interior Scenes

Happy Fourth of July




In America it is our independence day.  It is also my mother and Louis Armstrong's birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!  My mom is as cool as Loui.  I know that is hard to be, she is creative and artistic and very funny.  She does not sing anything like Loui.

I came up with the great idea to post up some photos for The Fourth of some scenes I took of Red White and Blue.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer in Italy



I won’t mention the Mafia or the political or economic situation. I won’t even mention what went down in the World Cup.  We are so thankful this is a design blog.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Aged Mocha-Black Armoire



Hello my darlings!

I must confess that it torments me to post badly lit photos and not styled.  But I really wanted to show you this armoire because in real life it came out just gorgeous.


It was simple to paint.

Monday, June 16, 2014

F. Scott Fitzgerald



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It is raining cats and dogs here in Umbria, and then the sun comes out and I optimistically think it is over.  But no....

Is this old door and rose vine just the most delicious view?