Happy Christmas Eve Eve
I love to say that.
My heart is in 2 places this Christmas.
It is also in some Christmases in the past and some in the future too.
It’s funny as the girls grow up, I feel nostalgic remembering back to a Christmas when they were little. I can remember one Christmas when Elisa was still a little one, she decided to move all the presents from under the tree into the kitchen. We would go get the tree and strap the Christmas tree on to the back of my bike and push the bike home.
The Simple Life
It’s raining and I’m drinking hot apple juice with cinnamon. I just made classic old fashion biscuits (out of Bisquick no less!). It may be a crime to make biscuits from Bisquick in Napa Valley. It certainly would be in Umbria if they only knew- the crimes of my heart. Oh the lovely starchiness of Bisquick.
Do you love an Abandoned Garden, we have one right out our window here in Spello. The view from the window is magical because it doesn’t look like Italy it feels like some other place I have never been too.
Do you find that with gardens left alone you want to go and fix them up or just sit among the chaos of nature. I find that when I look at the huge swaying palm trees I waver between wanting to trim the dead furans off and then the next moment I relish in the beauty of the neglect. It is silly because my mind has battled with these thoughts all summer long.
The Simple Life
Good Evening Everyone
I am excited because I am in a very creative phase in my own life and work and somehow this is translating into not much creativity for my blog. I’m sorry about that, today’s post may not make up for this lacking either, but I’ll try to get better. I do believe that creativity is endless and the more we use our creativity the more it grows.
I’m back in California and the rain won’t quit. We have little breaks and the sun tries to come out, but the air and ground are always. We are all thrilled, after 4 years of draught, the rain is a big celebration. I like to go for long walks and then scavenge for a winter bouquet. It is easy just to pick up Lichen, branches of Rosehips or fallen Camellia blossoms. They are often covered in dirt or mud. At home I rinse them off and put them in a crystal bowl and an old olive oil bottle. Even if they faded or browned at the edges the effect is still stunning.
It is a rainy day somewhere in the world, now since you don’t really know for sure if I am in Umbria or California today we are NOT going to play a little game, NOR are we going to take a test. I don’t like to do either of the above, in fact my friends and family think I should begin to like to play games. I would rather read a book or go for a run, than play a game.
Here is the loft I finished painting a while back. Everyone who walked into this space wanted to move in. I called this loft the House of Doors. There are five doors exiting the bottom of the loft and no inner doors at all, except one going to the bathroom. All the doors lead to the huge garden and courtyard area. To me this is a Bohemian Loft because of the mix of elements in the design and also because I know the people who own it will fill it with books, art, wine and unmade beds. The Bohemian life we all want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Simple Life
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.
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.
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.