(Photos above: ©Valentina Interiors & Designs)
(Photo above: ©Valentina Interiors & Designs)
Where there is nature there is color and art.
Where there is food there is color and health.
Where there is color there is music and happiness.
A house without colors is a stale home.
A fashion without colors is a boring attitude.
Colors emanate positivism, project a positive image towards others and put others in a good disposition towards us.
One of my clients says I designed an edible house for her. She wants to eat it every time she comes home. Her color scheme came from a food list I was supposed to buy for myself that day.
Spread colors in your home, in your garden, on your dinner table and in your wardrobe. Enjoy each day color by color and if colors intimidate you, ask me, I am here to help. It’s easy when two people row the boat. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola has been in business as an interior designer since 1990 improving people’s life by changing their spaces. Often people describe her as “the colorist” for a reason. She lives in a colorful world, wrote a book on colors RED-A Voyage Into Colors and loves to color her clients’ environments by creating the unusual. Her deep interest in food led her as an autodidact in the studies of food in history, natural remedies, nutrition and well-being, then finally she wrote two books on Italian regional cuisine. Find Valentina’s books on Amazon and Barnes&Nobles
What do the Récamier, Méridienne and Fainting Sofa have in common? Three reclining chairs of the past and present home décor that have in common one idea: Relaxation. Ancient population understood the benefits of relaxation and included in their daily life.
For Egyptians, Greeks and Romans the idea of relaxing often on the ‘kline’ - a type of day beds - was part of the daily routine as early as the 8th century BC. The modern Greek word ‘symposion’ means 'to drink together' in a party atmosphere with music and conversation while even conducting business. The Romans adopted the daybed for reclining in the daytime and during meals and at night they slept on. This type of daybed was widely used in the Orient as well, where there was no distinction between sleeping furniture and daytime furniture.
(Madame Juliette Récamier above. Painting by: Jacques Louis David)
Récamier Sofa (above) took the name from Madame Juliette Récamier, a French society leader, whose salon drew Parisians from the leading literary and political circles of the early 19th century. After Madame Récamier’s guests were well fed, she would preside over the discussions while reclining on a sofa, usually wrapped in a yellow shawl. That’s how Jacques-Louis David depicted her. It seems that a bit of gossip is appropriate with a Récamier: Madame Juliette Récamier married at the age of 15 Jacques-Rose Récamier, a rich banker nearly 30 years her senior and a relative of the gourmand Brillat-Savarin, who wrote a few books on the philosophy of cooking and taste. Fantastic books, I read them all and strongly suggest them. A rumor arose that Jacques-Rose Récamier was Juliette’s natural father who married her to make her his heir. The Récamier marriage was never consummated and Juliette remained a virgin until at least the age of forty.
Méridienne - a type of asymmetrical day-bed (above) - has a high head-rest, and a lower foot-rest, joined by a sloping piece. Every grand house of France in the early 19th century had one for every room. Its typical use was for resting in the middle of the day, when the sun is near the meridian, a practice still in use in the South of Europe and Mediterranean basin.
(Edouart Manet above - Fainting Sofa)
Fainting Sofa has a back raised at one end, often wraps around and extends along the entire length of the piece. Fainting sofa deserved separate rooms in the 19th century home décor, only used by women to faint on, due to their tight corsets restricting blood flow. However, another peculiar use of this chair made it go down in history. Sex between married people was intended only for procreation. Society's false modesty prevented women of high social background from taking care of their men’ frivolous sex desires, it was considered an indecent behavior left only for prostitutes. That constricted way of thinking caused female hysteria, considered a real ‘disease’ that needed to be treated by home visiting doctors and midwives through manual pelvic massage. It was a recurrent need often requiring hours for the intimate procedure to work, thus creating a room for privacy and a chair for comfort was of the utmost importance.
(Méridienne in my client's home - Photo above: ©Valentina Interiors & Designs)
We cannot build our future if we don’t know history. Today, when possible, I like to place one Méridienne or a Fainting Sofa in my client’s home and I can’t help smiling…..Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola has been a lifetime designer in fashion and interiors. Her extensive knowledge of colors and materials led her in both directions successfully. She is well-know for designing custom furniture. She cares to make spacious and functional pieces, but she doesn’t forget to introduce the element of surprise, sinuous lines, attractive shapes and colors in the style fit for each of her special clients. She is the author of RED - A Voyage Into Colors, Check out her three books on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles
Only 100 years ago candles represented the light bulb that illuminated the world through centuries. Today we use candles to create an atmosphere, not save on electricity. With candles human beings beat the dark of darkness and once they understood that the light of the flame had magical powers, they used candles for spiritual or religious rituals. First with animal fat, then with paraffin and with further addition of colors and scents, human being invented candles for any commercial use.
(as seen on Palo Alto Weekly)
One must keep in mind that candles keep the energy of all the people that collaborated in the making, therefore it is imperative to purify candles before using them. One way to purify a candle is to immerge it in a container full of rock salt keeping it in vertical position, otherwise a simple cloth will suffice to rub all strangers’ energies from the candle.
If you are health conscious as I am, you should care about the air you breathe as well. Breathing the fumes from a commercial candle made with paraffin is not the greatest thing you could do. Paraffin derives from crude oil, the same crude oil that is refined to obtain petrol and petroleum-based products.
Burning paraffin candles means you will breathe substances that may be carcinogenic, such as formaldehyde, acrolein (from propylene), benzene, toluene (type of solvent) and acetaldehyde. All of these products contained in commercial paraffin candles will contribute to the pollution of the air in your home and aggravate any possible allergy you might already have.
Candles made from bees’ wax are the best, they are natural, save your health, the air you breathe in your home and burn sweet like honey. Bees have a life span of 12-17 days, during this short time they produce a waxy substance in their stomach and with that they build their cells to store honey. After the honey production is all done, beekeepers scrape the honey and discard the wax, or often sell it to candle makers. Bees’ wax is more expensive than the paraffin, is very yellow and compact, made into square shape cakes, or rolled out in a cylinder shape and that’s how it is sold.
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Our beautiful nature offers additional natural solutions for candle making art. Soybeans and palm trees are excellent sources for a natural wax, their juices are biodegradable, no fossil fuels are needed to produce this type of wax and candles made with plants products burn slower than the paraffin candle.
If you are into candle art, you might want to consider colors that are suitable for your spirit and personality. Colors affect us in a positive or negative ways. Color will help us creating a message, a mood, a feeling, a character, or harmony. Just like everything else, colors play a large role in candles, it all depends if you want to attract some energy to you or take it away from you. I deal with colors for the beauty and benefits they bring to our person, perhaps coloring a candle to your advantage will be the topic of my next article.
Love and light, ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest RED - A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors. Amazon and Barnes & Nobles
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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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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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.
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
A maze of garden vignettes and strategically placed pathways hide a series of beautiful condos each with its own personality and mostly inhabited by couple without kids, or well to do retired people.
From downstairs in the garden a faint opera music resounds in my ears and as I get closer to the entry door, the voice of Pavarotti singing an aria fills the air.
This is Josephine‘s home, a retired widow, a traveler, an artist painter, a social butterfly, involved with many committees, social gathering and charitable events. Did I forget dancer?
Josephine’s home is a theatre, at the turning of each corner there is a new scene, my eyes keep staying attentive, there is so much to capture. Nothing matches in her décor, but everything fits together well. Amazing how some people try to do the matchy-matchy dance and end up with a boring décor.
Josephine likes to be surrounded by her travel memories, her art, which she paints like a pro and color, lot of colors.
The first thing a visitor will notice is the Italian kitchen made by Scavolini, shiny, Ferrari red, young looking, but Josephine is a vibrant lady in her 70s. She refuses to act her age, to dress for her age, or accepting a tranquil home in all beige tones.
The Ferrari red kitchen hits you like a sudden rush of blood to the brain and all the notes of an Italian ‘farsa’ appear to be written all over it.
The black granite counter is jagged, never seen before, with three Murano glass pendants playing a diagonal line of light over the counter. Josephine doesn’t like “common” and doesn’t like to follow other people’s taste. She has been the perfect client for me!
Unlike many people, she is at ease with mirrors and likes them scattered in her décor, in unusual places.
She has one mirror artistically placed in a living room over a slipper chair and a Venetian mask peeping from the top. Then I see another mirror in the studio’s bathroom into which a grouping of more Venetian masks reflects from the opposite wall.
It’s like theatre curtains opening up for a new act, I go through a corridor and I spot another mirror, enter a new space and see myself in a French mirror set around some Oriental vases.
A shimmering is also coming out from an umbrella stand full of umbrellas decorated with edges of roses and mirrors. Fun, whimsy, feminine!
Earlier, I said Josephine feels at ease with so many mirrors, but the real reason is that she likes to sing opera’s arias while she is taking care of house business or paper work and watch herself reflected in all the mirrors.
Her home is her stage and her play. She has a young soul.
I am so happy to have helped her realizing her dream and thank you Avaliving for having selected my project to feature in your theme week:
Designing with mirrors.
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.
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Copyright © 2011 Valentina
Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
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.
RED-A Voyage Into Colors, her new book on the subject colors is about ready to be published.
Check out her previous books
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of 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.
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.
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 fitted kitchens, 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, All Rights Reserved
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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