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Friday
Nov112016

Velona's Jungle

It's been a crazy week (I won't delve into it as I'm sure you've heard enough, but my day job involves the website that our friends to the south crashed which ended up all over the news) and before I get into this post, I just wanted to make quick mention of this special day. Today my Grandfather who was a decorated war veteran is in my thoughts along with all those who fought and died in the line of duty. I unfortunately did not know my gramps very well before his passing several years ago as he lived on the opposite side of the country for the majority of my youth, but he was a pretty cool guy and I was really proud of what he did for this country. Anyway, this week has been very emotional and continues to be, so I don't know about you but I could use some eye candy as a distraction, if only for a few moments. Thanks to the team at Studio Fotografico Francesca Pagliai for sending along these beautiful photos of an absolutely delightfully decorated boutique hotel in Florence called Velona's Jungle. (Interior design: Studio Sgroi)

Savor the flawless comfort and unique style of the guest suites at Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites, where many of the elegant objets d'art and furnishings date from the mid century, when the family's patriarch - a respected Florentine art dealer - began collecting pieces during his travels in Italy and abroad. His fabulous finds from trips through Florence, Rome, Naples, London, Paris, and Vienna in the 1950's were paired exquisitely with the prestigious antique and period furnishings from his gallery, creating a one-of-a-kind home.

Subsequent generations added to the original collection, carefully selecting works by contemporary artists, fabrics and decorative accents by favorite designers, and choice books and sculpture...each chosen with the same care and passion as their grandfather and together creating the glorious whole that is now Velona's Jungle.

This dining room is soooooo fabulous!!!!

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Friday
Jul012016

A mountain cabin in Northern Italy

My mother is from Northern Italy and it is at the top of my travel wish list to visit (I was there once, too long ago to remember). When the opportunity does arise, I want to stay RIGHT HERE. This mountain cabin by architect Alfredo Vanotti is one of the most incredible homes I have ever seen - inside and out. A mix of concrete and wood surrounded in stone, with a magnificent view of the Italian Alps....I die. (Photos: Marcello Mariana)

And to my fellow Canadians, HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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Thursday
Jun302016

Adri & Silvia's house

I have some more European chic interiors for you because I may be a bit obsessed. This time it is the home of Adri & Silvia by Milan-based interior and product designer Pietro Russo. I adore the simplicity of this home which only emphasizes the dreamy architectural details. This designer is even more talented in the products he has crafted, including some beautiful lighting (see photo #5) and the room divider bookshelf in the 4th photo.   

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Thursday
Jun302016

Mediterranean dreaming

Villa on the Cliff

What do these three holiday rental properties have in common besides their Mediterranean locations? And besides their minimalist design whether old or new? And besides all being via Welcome Beyond? They're all united by the fact that we'd rather be there than here. Stop dreaming and go.

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Tuesday
Jun072016

Italian colour riot

I'm on a mission, a colour mission and the interwebs have taken me to La Minervetta Maison, a boutique hotel in Sorrento, Italy. With a decorating style not for the faint hearted it draws its inspiration from fishing villages and all things nautical, the Memphis movement and the whole 80s vibe. Fun and in your face it's the perfect spot for one piece swim suits, floaty kaftans, incredibly large floppy straw hats, platform espadrilles and enough gold jewellery to drown you in the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. Part theatre and movie set, part Italian maximalism. But sadly my quest continues for the ultimate colour overload. As much as the hotel makes me want to whistle Neapolitan love songs there are still all those white walls.

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