We don’t think much of all technology we use on a daily basis and how technology has improved our lives. Has it always been this way? Of course not, our modern comfort is a direct result of the discomfort of past generations. However, no improvements would have happened if family kept up with the costume of having servants to light candles or tending fireplaces, warming up water to fill bath tubs, or emptying chamber pots.
As the industrial revolution started at the end of the 18th century England, domestic technology began to develop, but it developed slowly. Hard to believe a cabinetmaker started to fiddle with mechanical inventions and came up with what was known as the Bramah Valve Closet. Bramah invented a toilet bowl that would seal the water inside and prevent the cesspool from re-entering the room. A few country houses were fitted with the new piping technology system, the rest of the populations thought it was just a fad, so much that even by the late 1900s, many English aristocrats preferred the portable tubs brought to the bedroom for their weekly bath in front of the fireplace and the chamber pot remained close by in a corner of the bedroom, or in some households in the corner of the kitchen or dining room.
Above: Copper Tub – Oil Bronze Finish – Approximately: $4,000.
In some special period décor of today’s homes, stand-alone tubs are still used as show pieces, some have claw feet, some sit on the floor, but they all function with modern plumbing and we don’t call them portable anymore. We have become servant less and more confidently depending on technology.
The Moen’s ioDigital tub – Iodigital Bath Technology (watch the video, it will surprise you) allows the user to fill up the tub with a remote control as far as 30 feet away.
The Moen’s ioDigital technology controls water to a desired temperature and volume, the device alerts when hot water runs low and tub overflows, it is also equipped with an anti-scalding feature and safety lock. The suggested retail price for the tub is around $1,200 less expensive than the stand-alone period copper tub (about $4,000) and around $2,500 for the “vertical spa” which includes rain shower head and body jets. We sure have come a long way and in a very short time! Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Italian Interior Designer in business since 1990. Being Italian born and raised, Valentina’s design work has been influenced by Classicism and stylish, timeless designs. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away your comfort. She loves to restore old homes, historic dwellings and she focuses on remodeling. She is the author of three books all available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles
Having a theme in mind is one of the important elements when styling a table. Creating light, dark, shadow and silhouettes are super ways to illuminate the space around the dining table. Repeat the same technique on the table with the decorations.
If a chandelier is over the table and candles on the table, you might want to create an ambience by turning the chandelier on dimmer and let the candles cast a warm shadow. Recessed down lighting over the dining table is a bit tricky. If a down lighting is not placed properly, all the people sitting at the dining table will have a dark shadow under the eyes and everyone will look a bit more aged than they really are.
Inside of a theme, select the season, texture and the colors you want to assemble. The solutions are endless as you can imagine. You have the choice of keeping every thing in the same coloration or texture, which gives the table a calming effect, but you can also have the choice of making a creative or funky arrangement.
Let’s take a few colors as examples.
If you want to create a tablescape with the sea in mind, the underwater world includes all the blues from the darkest ocean to blue sky, but also includes all the blue-green tonalities of the underwater garden vegetation.
For a nature inspired table setting, the green beauties will include all the variation of foliage colors to olive greens.
A fall arrangement will have a riot of colors to choose from. You can select the reds with an undertone of orange and pink; the oranges that lean towards pink, the purples with a red base, or you can mix browns bleeding into shades of grays.
If the colors of natural gems inspire you, add some metal texture to the tablescape. Gems and metals are both two elements formed in nature; they combine well with the drinking glasses and fabric cloth, two other kinds of texture found in nature.
Tablecloth and napkins must not be necessarily of the same set and colors. Actually if they don’t match is even better, will make the table an interesting canvas to look at.
In my arrangement of the end of the year I did not want the usual red tablecloth most people use for festivities. Instead, I chose to use a dark color scheme for the table setting. Metal candle lanterns, reminescence of old architecture illuminated the table to emulate the dark winter night, the light of the stars over a village and the new spiritual light that will infuse the night giving birth to the new year.
The year 2012 has been described as the year of the Aquarius, not as the ‘60s movies, but as a very spiritual year, a new era of rebirth and enlightenment. Colors will take inspirations from nature, but the exciting part is that we can create a mysterious combination with the undertone of each color and use it in a new way to set the mood, or create high contrast never done before.
This year let me help you projecting your personal image, your home image, or your party tables into new modern, graphic colors that will speak about you and your personality. The current millennium loves colors!
Happy New Year, make it great, make it fun. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Fashion and Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990. She blends well fashion with interior and colors the world of her clients. She has been described as “the colorist” and loves to create the unusual.
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Jewel tone colors characterize the autumn months along with the bounty of earthy food. This year on my holiday table there will be truffles some friends brought me from Italy, a variety of soups and delicacy made from different squashes. I plan on making lot of risotto with wild mushrooms and prosciutto. I am in the mood for roasted chestnut and dried fruits to munch on while sitting by the fireplace reading interesting books during the holidays. Some of the dried fruit come from garden, in fact I made roasted apples vinegar to use on salads and roasted lemons for grilled or baked chicken.
My table will be colorful with ceramics I hand carried with me in the plane from Sorrento, in the South of Italy all the way across the ocean to the US.
Home-made breads will fill the air of my house. Yes, I make bread at least twice a month.
Since I have been in the process of writing my third book on the subject of Colors, I feel like bathing in colors in all my daily expressions, not that I didn't before, it just seems the feeling is elevated to the nth power.
This year, I will turn to nature for my holiday table decorations. It was easy to make napkin holders out of scrap fabrics and spray paint in gold a few real gourds to display on a cake stand.
Mums and pumpkins will be a novelty on anybody’s table this year, not only mine and not only for the table. To keep this arrangement fresh, use floral foam underneath the flowers, cut it in a round shape and cover it with mums. Group a few pumpkins in different shapes and size around the mums. Voila’ nature at your service inside and outside your home!
I am scattering pine cones in vases, bowls, to decorate a towel rack and even on the curtains as tie backs. Pine cones, because they are dark and woody, play well with other textures, such as ropes, glass, or golden balls.
Nature doesn’t go wrong in combining textures, colors are always the right colors to each season. I can enjoy the decorations for a while longer past the holidays if I fancy and once I discard them back into the nature, they will dissolve again to become part of the earth once more.
This is my advice this holiday season. Stay away from artificial decorations, be respectful of the environment, support your local artists and craft people, buy local, buy handmade and give unique gifts from your heart.
We will soon transition into winter, we will see bare trees, cold, rain and snow in some parts of the world. It will be a different beauty and as usual I will have a lot to say about decorating in the winter style, along with preparing some succulent heart warming food. For now, enjoy this moment, this season in all the colors and prepare to enter the holiday season with a thankful heart.
The highlight of this year for me was filming a variety of shows for an Italian T.V. station in Italy and I am very grateful for that. Also I met a cute 5 months old girl, the daughter of my new clients, two fine people for whom I am now working on remodeling their home. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to be of service to them.
If you are in a bound, or feel the stress of the holidays, relax and let me take care of your decorations for the holidays, or any organization you need to do to make your holiday event successful.
Happy Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer and former Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe since 1990. She blends well fashion with interior and colors the world of her clients. She has been described as “the colorist” and loves to create the unusual. She is also the author of two Italian regional cuisine books available on Amazon.
It is a pleasant surprise
to start the week with a project featured on Avaliving.
Thank you Ava for
choosing my projects among all the very talented designers hosted on this site.
Avaliving is a site for experienced designers who want to showcase their work
to consumers and help them decorating or restyling their homes through on-line
This week’s theme was a
timeless canopy bed. I presented my Renaissance Canopy Bed, which I designed
for a teenager who enjoyed the room until it was time to leave the nest to go
to college. This is still her room when she returns and she is still enjoying
the timeless décor.
Four-poster beds became
very popular around the early 1600. They usually had side curtains, which
afforded a great measure of warmth, as well as privacy to their occupants,
although personal privacy concept was taking off as an idea, it was relatively
unimportant at the time. Small kids still slept in the same room with the
parents, as they did in the Middle Age time, while the older kids slept in one
room all together. A desire for a greater measure of privacy was evidenced by
the separation of the masters from their servants, who usually had beds in the
smaller adjacent rooms, or near the kitchen.
Furniture was to be
admired and to convey the wealth of its owners, but the primary function was to
be used, just like today. Tables, chairs, containers furniture such as
credenzas and cupboards, curtained four-poster beds were of oak or walnut with
elegantly turned legs and often hand painted with the application of gold or
silver foil. Canopy beds, when
they were very ornate, found their place in the middle of the bedroom as a
focal point just to add style and character, or against the largest wall in the
Today we have kept the same
custom. In my room featured on Avaliving the canopy bed takes the center stage
in a very colorful room. It was custom designed accordingly to the girl’s
taste. The frame at the feet of the bed was hand-painted on wood in the style
of a Renaissance bucolic theme. A local metal worker, who executed my design,
forged the metal posts beautifully.
A canopy bed can fit in
any style décor, even in a contemporary style with straight lines, dark wood
and neutral colors.
I like the spicy colors
in this photo (below). I find it very relaxing and vibrant. Vintage pillows on the
coral velvet settee that sits at the base of this bed bring a splash of colors,
while bringing life to a neutral color bedroom.
Have fun with a canopy
bed, take inspiration from the past, or look around in stores to adapt elements
that might be used for something else and make it your own. Not everything we
see is meant to have one function only.
As the professional who is always ready, I shall be prompt and
ready to help you with any of your needs, whether it will be decorating,
designing, or remodeling. Ciao,
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Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola has been in business as a designer since 1990. She has helped a variegated group of fun people realizing their dreams with homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. She is a designer well-known to bring originality to people’s homes. As an Italian designer and true to her origins, she provides only the best workmanship and design solutions.
In about a couple of weeks, I will be filming many California homes for an Italian T.V. station, in Italy.
The producer is looking for homes of all types from extravagant to traditional, from elegant to casual and definitively homes that are not Italianate looking.
The idea of the show is to highlight California living and to show to European audience how people live in these parts of the world.
American homes are characterized with large open spaces, rooms communicating with each other, high ceilings, grand foyers, lighting effects, exterior vegetation, 3 to 5 cars garage, all features so very different from European homes. In fact, not by accident the title of the show will be Dreaming California.
Some of the homes I designed for my clients will be filmed too, but there is one particular home I am interested in featuring, the Eichler home owned by one of my friend, an art painter. This style of home is the perfect setting for an artist, vibrant, modern, open and transparent.
Eichler style architecture was designed by real estate developer Joseph Eichler between 1950 and early ‘70s, as a post war innovative architecture, affordable for the mass and all races. GIs returning home after WWII needed to create families, thus building homes fast and cost-efficient was a high demand of the market in the ‘50s.
The Eichlers were the first track homes constructed with standard material in a remote location and shipped where the building sites were. For the very first time this innovative concept was applied to home’s production, just as in the car industry assembly lines. Prefabricated homes in different styles are still produced.
The indoor-outdoor concept of these homes was for the first time featured on brochures and marketing materials of the ‘50s, something we have returned to like sixty years later. The same concept is so much part of today’s living, feeling that inner peace that only nature can provide is well recreated today with large windows, sliding doors, mirror reflections, outdoor rooms, or even operable walls. Exactly how the Eichler home was conceived then.
The particular features that sold these homes were open floor plans, flat roofs, interior atrium, post and beams, large glass walls, radiant heating, cork flooring, wood paneling. The builder’s goal was to offer to everyone the same details of elegant homes with affordable and eco-friendly material. Ah! This is want homeowners want today too!
Living in an Eichler today doesn’t have the same meaning that had in the’50s, it seems that this very particular style of architecture attracts people with certain traits, it fits the artist’s profile and any person in a creative field.
The interior décor cannot be any different from modern, colorful, vibrant, eclectic, or even extravagant, it’s a must, otherwise will not fit the linear and simple architecture. A traditional décor will totally clash.
The owners of an Eichler home who lived in it since the ‘50s are now tired and are selling these beautiful properties, giving a good inventory to the real estate agencies.
Unfortunately, this architectural style marked the era of mass-produced track homes. Sixty years later the Eichler home has become almost historical architecture and no longer is considered a ‘track home’ for the mass. With a higher status label comes the high price too. I know my friend the artist will never leave her Eichler. She selected excellent furnishing by herself, accessorized it tastefully and added some travel memorabilia pieces for a touch of whimsy. She changed it into a small, but pleasant paradise and of course, to feed her soul, she created a colorful vegetation, she can enjoy from anywhere in the house, but especially from her studio while shi is painting her art.
(All photos taken by ©Valentina Cirasola inside the artist's home)
If you want to know more about it the Eichler style, or if you want to buy or sell one of these homes, I work with many realtors I can refer you to, but if you like to decorate and furnish one, you have fallen in the right place. Leave your name and contacts info in the box below and I will answer in 24 hours time. Ciao,
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Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola is a trained Italian
Interior Designer in business since 1990. Being Italian born and raised,
Valentina’s design work has been influenced by Classicism and stylish, timeless
designs. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without
taking away your comfort. She loves to restore old homes, historic dwellings
and she focuses on remodeling. Check out her published books:
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen - Italian Appetizers and Desserts
I have always made claims that kitchens look like soldiers lined up for a parade when cabinets are all the same size, when the look is uniform, when there is no change of colors, wood, nor striking details.
My idea of a fun kitchen is exactly the opposite. I like to see cabinets with different heights, some accent colors, some accent wood species, I like to see fenestration with glass and interior lights and especially I don’t like granite counters. So many varieties of stone material, why limit the choice to granite?
The primary characteristic of the kitchen is to store cooking and serving equipment. That function remains in any style, whether it is modern, classic, country, elegant, or funky. If the kitchen function is utilitarian and of service then why not design it with style in mind, with cabinets which give movement and rhythm to the space?
I love to add unique details to coordinate with a personal taste.
I love to create warm and refined atmosphere, with quality and robust material that will last in time, thus break the monotony of “all alike and uniform” cabinets.
I am a big believer in savings, even when designing kitchens.
(Photo found on http://www.tuttocasaesposi.it
I am showing here a new way some Italian manufacturers design kitchens in the walls. They are called the fitted kitchens. They are beautiful, stylish and made to save space and money.
Basically the kitchen is made only of solid wood doors, interior shelves are also made of wood, but the interior walls are made of usual sheet rock and painted to taste.
Cabinets are recessed and flush with the walls, so they don’t stand in attention.
The interior is as spacious as you like it to be, no need to stay with the standard solutions 18”-24”-27” and so on, doors will follow the interior width.
(Photo above: http://www.pecorellaarredi.it/cucine-in-muratura/w4u/prodotti/66268,7,133323)
The idea is to save on material and to attribute a feel of lived antiquity and rusticity while still having all the modernity of appliances and equipment. Of course the choices of style are endless, even contemporary.
The details on walls and hardware will beautify these kind of kitchens called fitted, even an elegant chandelier, totally unrelated to the rustic style will look so appropriate, suitable for those people who love to surround themselves with beautiful and exclusive things.
The style of fitted kitchen has been seen only in Europe so far, but if you like to know more about it, or if you would like to install a kitchen in your home like these samples, I am here to help, just place your name below in the box. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an
Italian Interior Designer with a passion for kitchens and cooking. She operates
in the USA and Europe. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces
into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine grottos. Check out her published books on
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Among all the small treasures my mother left me, there is a quaint salt container that stole my heart. It is a hand-made Capodimonte ceramic with a brass base and a silver spoon.
(Photo right: Capodimonte Salt Cellar property of ©Valentina Cirasola)
My mother put it out during the “feste terribili” meaning those important occasions when lot of guests came and the table was spectacularly made up. This small vessel contained salt as a courtesy to the guests and it was intended to pass around when needed. However, it was rarely used, if food is properly balanced with seasons and flavors, there is no need for additional salt. Adding salt to food served at the table is kind of offense for the chef or cook.
Before refrigeration was invented, salt and many different spices were so important for the conservation of meat and fish. In the haute cuisine of the Middle Ages spices were abundantly used for a couple of reasons, one was to prove a higher status symbol. Rich people could afford the high price of all the spices and thus consumed about 2 lb a day, but in more modest households the common spices used were the most affordable: vinegar, mustard, onion, garlic and of course salt. The second reason for using salt and spices was to cover up at times the dull taste of meat gone bad and unpleasant fish smell.
Salt consumption in the 13th century was in such a high demand for preservation of food that it was necessary to create beds of sea salt drawn from Oceans and Seas. It was course and dark with all the impurities of the sea, but better for curing meat than refined salt. The white variety of salt was used for cooking, thus it was more expensive.
Did the people in the Middle Ages used salt shakers at the table as we do today? No, but hear this.
In the British Museum I saw the Nef, a stunning elegant salt vessel used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This extravagant 15th century table piece was made in the shape of a ship with the most elaborate head masts, sails and even crew.
The particularity was that the Nef was placed in front of the most important person at table as a respect to their high status. After the VIP used it, the Nef was rolled from one end of the table to the other. The examples made with wheels were the most elegant, but most had legs or pedestals. The German style Nef had clock, music and figurines animated by a small engine.
(Photo Burghley Nef : https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O73113/the-burghley-nef-salt-cellar-unknown)
A Nef was usually made of silver, silver-gilt or gold, often further embellished with enamel and jewels. I would have wanted to own and cherish such an exquisite piece, just like my mother’s piece!
The dinner table of Middle Ages and Renaissance always fascinated me. No silverware only knives, no napkins, no refined glassware, but they had spices in abundance and during the grand feasts they even had the grandest effects with gold and silver leaf gilding the beaks and feet of roasted birds, pheasants, swans and peacocks.
It amazes me to think how so many sophisticated effects were achieved in dark kitchens, full of smoke, unhygienic, no automation, heat, long hours of preparation and cooking handling heavy pots.
This proves what I have always thought: if you know how to orchestrate a meal, you can do it anywhere, “small kitchens are for geniuses”.
Remembering my mom, I often put out her Capodimonte ceramic salt vessel on my table, right along with a less pretentious container made from Himalayan salt intended for salt.
I am here to help you finding any historical object, any gadget for kitchens, or any extravagant piece for your home in furnishing or art, just leave your name in the box below. Ciao,
Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a passion for kitchens and cooking. She operates in the USA and Europe. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine grottos. She is the author of two published Italian regional cuisine books, available on Amazon and in various locations:
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen
As featured on Avaliving, a site for designers directed to consumers. Thank you Avaliving for choosing my project among many others.
Offering design consultations on-line any where in the world without leaving my office is a new addition to my business, resulting in a huge savings for the consumers.
(Photo: ©Valentina Cirasola)
The Story of this room:
Any unused corner in the house is a good opportunity to turn it into a chatting, reading, or breakfast area. Sometimes is just enough to have a bistro table, a couple of wrought iron chairs and real flower on the table to create an inviting scene.
My Client had an empty corner in a large room she didn’t know what to do with it, especially because the room was a mismatch of eclectic furniture.
(Photo: ©Valentina Cirasola)
My goal was to create an “out of the ordinary” corner, a bit on the Bohemian French style and create vignettes in the rest of her large room that would communicate with each others while keeping each its own identity.
Each vignette would offer a certain activity: a game area, a reading area near a built-in bookshelf, a T.V. area with comfortable divans and club chairs and a conversation area.
I wanted the transformation of the space to be cohesive with these activities, I wanted to be comfortable for all the family members of all ages (family made of many women and a husband) and harmonious with all the shapes and colors.
The Client wanted to keep the majority of the mismatched furniture. That was my challenge! Some of them remained in the large room and some got relocated in other rooms. Floating furniture is something I do when I am engaged to stage a home for sale.
My inspiration for the breakfast corner came from a couple of pictures I have in my library, one of which, a 1940 Hotel, particularly struck my fancy.
The room came out a colorful one, a bit nostalgic and very Bohemian in the style of romantic French. The mood is a combination of comfortable, feminine, and quirky. To some of the painted furniture I added custom jewelery as door knobs.
Colors had to be vibrant! Plum, Chartreuse and golden beige, warm and cold palette always result in a playful role.
(Photo: 40 Winks Hotel in London).
The unused corner turned out to be a versatile corner, breakfast in the morning, reading or music listening in the evening, extra seating when there is company. The unused corner is now very busy.
Do you have an unused corner in your home you don’t know what to do with it?
Ask me, I have many solutions, even using the same furniture you already own, if they are in good condition. Repurposing something old becomes very new in a different space of the house and in a different light.
Leave your name in the box below and tell me how I can help you. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer and former Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe since 1990. She blends well fashion with interior and colors the world of her clients. She has been described as “the colorist” and loves to create the unusual. She is the author of the forthcoming book on the subject of colors: RED-A Voyage Into Colors will be ready soon. Check out her two published books:
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen
Getting up in the morning with that roaring sound of my
Italian professional espresso maker really gets my blood going. Aside from the
sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window there is no better sound I
like to hear in the morning.
Espresso is my lifetime lover I can’t do without it. My coffee
has always been the same type for years, a blend of Brazilian green coffee
beans that I toast myself to my liking. Espresso requires special Italian
machines to make it frothy, thick and short.
One type of very common machine for family consumption is
made for a stove top and produces one cup (small machine) up to twenty-four
cups (very tall). The other kind is the café type with a few levels, one for
each cup and with the feature that selects to make one or many cups at once; cappuccino and
steam feature, temperature/pressure gauge and more buttons that you know what
to do. You get the picture, it is a professional machine, which performs for
high traffic cafés.
A coffee maker in Italy like everything in my country must
have style, we just don’t settle for functionality, we want beauty in the
Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) using architectural
features of Italian buildings designed many attractive famous espresso makers all produced
by Alessi. He is considered to be the greatest Italian architect of the second
half of the 20th century. It has been said: “Aldo Rossi is an author of
abstraction, geometrical patterns and silent evocation created some of the most
intensely poetic works of architecture and design in his age”.
In his products he utilizes geometrical shapes to make
profound design statements. Aldo Rossi designed the Pens espresso makers,
Cupola espresso maker in 1984 and
La Conica espresso maker in 1988.
designs reflect the harmony and the beauty of the classic architecture of
Aldo Rossi has been
called ‘a poet who happens to be
an architect’. His theory on the nature of design is about offering an
alternative to the technological and functional emphasis of modernism. Italians
love to roll around in antiquity even when making coffee. Our eyes rejoice in
the presence of a Brunelleschi’s cupola, Medieval Towers or Palladian’s
Now transfer all that beauty into food and gadgets to
serve those food and you have pure pleasure. Espresso for Italians has the same
importance as tea for British. It
is one of the many pleasures of the day in the Italian life and it is good for
I read a very encouraging article on the New York Times
about coffee health.
In some researches has been found that caffeine might prove
to be a way to stimulate hair growth in men going bald. Coffee could protect
people against multiple sclerosis. Habitual coffee consumption is associated
with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a
significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease. Harvard Medical Study
says coffee drinking may help against heart disease. Women who drink coffee are
(much) less likely to commit suicide.
Abstinence from Coffee drinking might lead to early death. Who would have ever thought of all these benefits!
(All photos property of architect Aldo Rossi)
With this in mind, let us keep the habit of making coffee,
but let us brew it in the classicism of Italian architecture where romance is
written on buildings the world admires.
I am here ready to help you with the selection of special
objects, gadgets and kitchen wear and to design that special Italian kitchen for you, just leave your name in the box below and I shall answer you in 24 hours time. Love to hear your comments. Ciao,
Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a
passion for kitchens and cooking. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn
unattractive spaces into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine
grottos. She is
the author of two regional Italian cookbooks:
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen - Italian Appetizers and Desserts
Spring is almost at our door, it is time to refresh the look of interior spaces and to buy furniture. Those of you who have just finished a home remodeling, after such a big sacrifice and hardship, now is the moment to make the new areas shine, sit back, relax and enjoy the new spaces with comfortable furniture.
Before rushing to furniture stores with a renewed excitement (remember last time you bought furniture?) is important to know the shifts that have occurred in the market with supply and demand, the shift in consumer thinking or choices and about imported furniture or locally produced furniture.
The annual world market furniture show at High Point in North Carolina will happen April 2-7, 2011. It is the world runway for home fashions and it happens one month after the New York’s Fashion Week. There you will find an enormous selection of furniture and accessories of all styles and historic periods. The show is overwhelming and super stuffed with beautiful furniture, but all of that will reach local stores at some point during the year, so we can all enjoy new home fashion and finally make a purchase.
This is basically what you need to keep in mind when buying furniture. Decide how much you want to spend and the quality you want in your home, then look at what you are buying.
The most common furniture are made of melamine material, veneer, laminate, solid wood and a lot more. I will just talk about a few.
The majority of furniture are made of sawdust pushed together with various resins with the exterior surface made of plastic derivates printed and colored as wood. When the resins are not treated at a high temperature (this is an information never disclosed to consumers) they emanate a formaldehyde gas which is carcinogenic and irritating for the lungs. The odor is not pleasant and emission can last many years. To reduce the emission, these kind of furniture are covered with the an exterior layer of melamine. Furniture with veneer and honeycomb: the exterior face has a layer of about one millimeter thick of real wood, the interior is made with a honeycomb structure which doesn’t allow doors and drawers to bow with time. Furniture with veneer exterior are good lasting furniture, priced affordably.
Real wood furniture, antique or contemporary are the stars of any interiors, they have all the characteristics of elegance, beauty, style, durability and they are pricy. Real wood furniture fall in the category of luxury, but knowing the right ebonist (artistic furniture maker) real wood furniture can be produced locally at a better price offered in the market.
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Valentina Cirasola has been in business as a designer since 1990. She has helped a variegated group of fun people realizing their dreams with homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. She is a designer well-known to bring originality to people’s homes.
She also designs furniture and has been successful in producing them locally with local artists craftsmen.