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Tuesday
Dec012015

An apartment in Rome

Continuing on from yesterday morning's classy Italian apartment is this totally sexy apartment also by architecture and interior design firm Quincoces-Dragò & Partners. Complete with bondage chairs. European minimalism to envy. 

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Locanda di Doris

Imagine an old tumble-down stone barn near Todi in Umbria, Italy. Imagine it fully rebuilt, stylishly furnished and waiting for you to come visit. Two suites, "Love" and "Passion", private garden, pool, olive grove, slow tourism. Locanda di Doris is the beautiful B&B created by Doris Sochaczewski and Valentino Fialdini. She’s Brazilian with European soul and he’s half Italian half Brazilian. Both are artists, stylists, food and wine lovers and trend watchers. No wonder the inn is so fabulous. I'm ready to book my flight. Trouble is I don't think I'd want to leave.

Photography by Valentino Fialdini.

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Monday
Nov302015

An apartment in Milan

I dream about moving to a European city and living in an apartment with original details, herringbone floors and really tall windows and the decor would be sparse and vintage. It would look exactly like this. Funny how this space gives off more of a "broke student" vibe if it were in North America. Amiright? By Milan architecture and design firm Quincoces-Dragò & Partners.

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Wednesday
Sep022015

Kitchen love

Kitchens are on my mind at the moment. My own is way overdue for a complete renovation. I'm drawn to these raw but beautifully crafted, rough but luxe kitchens by German-born, Italian-based designer Katrin Arens. Honesty, simplicity. Less is more. Reclaimed and re-used materials, rich with history and patina. Sigh.

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Friday
Aug282015

An Italian home in its original glory

For as long as I can remember I have dreamt about buying a very old home in Europe that is filled with glorious original details and maintaining that while modernizing bits as needed. This home in Italy was pretty much left intact by architecture and design firm Archiplan. Original materials were sealed to maintain their longevity, and some modern touches added to rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms. The result is stunning. 

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