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.
“Sins Of A Queen” - Italian Appetizers and Desserts was published Dec.14, 2010. She will be doing the launch through the month of January 2011.
This second book is marking Valentina's book collection now In the making. Valentina has plans of writing books on various subjects for the next few years. The third book she has been writing will be on the subject of Colors and it will be released by the end of 2011.
©Sins Of A Queen is available at:
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“Sins Of A Queen” will show the readers that it is not necessary to be a chef to cook good food, but it’s simply enough to eat those “make you feel good food" to feel like a Queen, those food that will give so much energy to illuminate an entire city.
The Queen will uncover how to prepare desserts with fruit in a healthy way and how to turn appetizers into meal size dishes to keep the readers young and fit, while eating good.
(Photo right: ©Valentina Cirasola)
Cooking is Valentina’s passion. She has a high knowledge of food and a few decades of experience in cooking for family, friends and herself; she knows how to prepare and serve them with fun.
She wrote this second book to benefit again the readers in every day life and especially when organizing parties with food. In writing this book Valentina wanted to target a variety of issues:
1. The recipes are fast to make and they are delicious. A busy working person can make a nice meal in less than and hour.
2. The recipes are healthy. They will help anyone staying on an excellent low calories diet. We want to stay young as long as possible. The book is a promise of youth!
3. The recipes will save money in the daily cooking and when organizing parties, because the ingredients are not expensive to buy and the readers don’t have to go to Paris to find them, therefore the book is cost conscious.
4. The recipes will impress anyone's guests. They might ask if the host has been going to the culinary academy to take lessons.
5. The easy recipes will help people who have never cooked to create tasty appetizers, meals, or desserts. The book will help people who are afraid of cooking and those who are very busy, because the instructions are easy to follow and the book is well laid-out.
6. Sins Of A Queen is entertaining. Valentina is witty and writes in a humoristic way. She has included stories of her life, anecdotes, historic notes and talks of traditions, in addition to her own personal hand drawings and photos. She designed the entire interior of the book and the colorful cover. The book is an hymn to her Italian land and to her Puglia origins, where she was born and raised.
While writing this book, Valentina was still doing what she likes to do the best: Designing!
Valentina’s main profession is in interior designing. She is the founder and owner of Valentina Interiors & Designs since 1990 with a special focus upon Kitchens and Wine Cellars. What a better designer than the one who cooks!
If as a designer she can balance beauty, harmony, comfort, color and style in people's home, as a cookbook author she can balance aromas, taste, flavors, calories and costs for dining table as well.
Valentina has been featured in California and Italy on a variety of predominant design magazines, like Vogue Italy and Gentry. Crossing the Ocean from Italy to USA with a luggage full of dreams, Valentina felt like a modern pioneer, she knew the jet she boarded that day held the key of the beginning of her success.
Her clients say “Valentina is a beautiful reality”, because she is a person of many interests. Other than being a successful designer who helps people realizing their dreams, she takes interest in cuisines of the world and she is especially interested in food in the history. She is an intellectual, entertainer, teacher, a world trotter and now she is also a published author.
Her first 2011 book signing event will happen:
January 16, 2011 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
232 E. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Copyright © 2011 Valentina
Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola, Designer and Author.
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Sins Of A Queen - Italian Appetizers and Desserts
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Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Brazilian Cherry and Pecan wood inlay. This is the kitchen
among many of my designs that Avaliving selected to feature this week. The area
where the refrigerator used to be became a space for wines and an area where to
taste cheeses, slicing prosciutto, basically an area where to prepare aperitifs.
The tall floor to ceiling cabinet hosts sixty bottles of red wines on roll-out
shelves. Clients did not really require a temperature controlled room for the
red wines, as they use them every day with friends and family visiting often. A
small refrigerator for white wines under the granite counter top was necessary
to free the space in the family refrigerator, already bursting with food
serving two growing boys and the family entertainments.
I strategically placed this wine area between the new door
to the dining room and the chef pantry. The supplies such as crackers,
toothpicks, dried nuts, fruits and stuff for aperitifs are now kept close by
the wines and the wines have easy access to the dining area with a new
passageway, saving the owner a trip around the wall.
Planning a well functioning kitchen is not just about
designing cabinetry to stuff the walls, but it’s about letting all the spaces
communicating with each others and their function.
The "anticato" tile floor I added really suited
the clients who are Italians and like me, they don’t care that the floor or
counters show a little ring of wines here and there, the signs of a good time
and the sign of a lived home. Natural stones will leave with us and will become
beautiful when they start showing the sign of life, just like our stones in
Europe are living through centuries and everyone admires thier beauty.
This wine area was part of the entire kitchen remodeling
with family and dining rooms included. There you have it, another example of
how I can change a kitchen from an ugly 1970 cooking area into a contemporary
dining, cooking and entertainment showcase. Thanks to Avaliving featuring it
this week, more people will have the chance to admire it.
(All photos are property of ©Valentina Interiors & Designs)
I am available to consult with the wine lovers out there and
to design a fabulous space fit for Bacchus. Ciao,
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Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved
Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a
passion for kitchens and cooking. She has been operating in the USA and Europe
since 1990. She loves to remodel
homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles, but especially loves to
design kitchens and wine grottos. She is also the autor of two Italian regional
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen - Italian Appetizers and Desserts
This year I feel very
honored to have been selected as one of the designers to decorate Christmas at the Historic Ainsley
House in Campbell, CA.
The theme was “Christmas
Around The World”. Being Italian born I thought of bringing a bit of the
Amalfi’s flavors into my decorations.
My color scheme has been platinum, green,
white, with a touch of purple and gold as accents throughout the guest bedroom,
boudoir, closet and cosmetic parlor. Visit my blog post: Caressing The Past
The Ainsley House will be
open everyday from Nov. 20th to Dec. 19th.
Calendar of events will
include: Holiday Teas and Tours, Holiday Boutique, Photo with Santa and Holiday
Open House. The proceeds will benefit the up keeping and maintenance of the
Please visit: http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/museum/tours.htm
I have enjoyed the experience
of caressing the past in a prestigious historic home and especially have
enjoyed the comments on my upside down tree.
(Photo of Christmas tree upside down is property of ©Valentina Interiors & Design)
Perhaps next year, I can be called
to decorate your Christmas with a special theme at your home. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a
trained 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.
I like to fantasize
about a period décor, the antiquity, traditions, elegant woods, beautiful but
simple furniture, how about you? Perhaps you see yourself sipping a glass of aged Bordeaux
wine while sitting by a carved stone fireplace, you know, that kind which has a
large mouth and a very tall mantel. I remember one of those in my grandmother’s
home when I used to stand in it and feel completely tall. It is a nice feeling
to go back in time and sense the enveloping of classicism and the warm atmosphere
of the past. Do you like to smell the wood and do you appreciate looking at the
craftsmanship of artisans who worked on wood like a sweet poetry? Then you
would like “Arte Povera” in your home.
Arte Povera, literally“Poor Art” is a movement which started in Italy in the decade between 1960 and
1970 by the Italian art critic and curator Germano Celant. It sprung up as a
rebellion and as a rejection of the convoluted and massive Italian furniture
used before World War II. Urban
artists from Genova, Milano, Torino and Roma exhibited their works in various
galleries showing a new concept of making art using poor and recycled materials
and bringing art into a new dimension. The ‘60s in Italy were turmoil times, every level of culture was
attacked by cynicism, skepticism and rejection of the past, but it was also a
time which a new consumerism was embraced. Italy, as the whole Europe was
enjoying a new post-war wealth, consuming every possible merchandise was a very
attractive idea. I remember the first Vesta and Lambretta (mopeds) and the
first, very exciting Fiat 500. What a jewels they were! Contradiction, modernity and simplicity
marked the ‘60s in Italy.
Arte Povera as I said
started as a rejection of the heavy and classic bourgeois art of the past. The
new concept of furnishing in the ‘60s was conceived with simplicity in mind,
taking inspiration from the simple woods and linear shapes of the farms and
country life, but some other furnishing were made with new everyday materials,
interchangeable, vibrant colors, anything and everything could have been used
as the new material, making Arte Povera so modern and surprisingly contemporary
even for this new millennium.
(Photo below: Masseria Torre Coccaro, Fasano. http://www.callea.it/realizzazioni.htm)
Last year I went on
vacation and spent a few days at a B&B in the Salento area, a southern
Italian region. The architecture was a typical farm house with stone walls and
vaulted ceiling also made of stones. Furnishing was made of decape’ farmer’s
pieces and soothing colors. My room was beautifully elegant in its simplicity
of Arte Povera, it was very homey and cozy, but the price was not at all poor.
I must say that since in Italy furnishing in the Arte Povera style is in high
demand, it has become very expensive.
Decape’ style, or Shabby
Chic is one style comprised in the Arte Povera. This is the perfect style to
renovate old furniture that has little value. With a few paint techniques, it
is possible to exalt the simple beauty of an old piece and to create a romantic
In the kitchen I have
designed for one of my client (photo), the kitchen cabinets were made of oak
stained in dark walnut, the client brought in an old dining table from a farmer
that really added character to the kitchen room. The look we were after was
that of a country Italian kitchen, but every detail was well studied and
executed with the same care and passion characteristic of the poor farmers
making their own furniture by hand. My experience of decades in interior
designing allows me to rebuild or restore any décor by taking care of the small
details that will change your home into a master piece, even if it is decorated
as a “Poor Art”.
(photos of Italian Country Kitchen in the style of Arte Povera by ©Valentina Cirasola)
If you have a creative
vein, you can tackle a project of refinishing a piece of furniture in the
decape’ or poor art style, but if you want a look well-researched and sophisticated
in the Arte Povera you should considered working with a professional. This
is why many people are discovering the benefits of working with me as their
trusted interior designer and consultant, someone who can make you feel at home
in all of your dreams and decisions. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer in business since 1990. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles. 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.
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A year ago, I was talking to a friend about making one month of the year a special month for a special celebration, something out of the ordinary, but easy to remember and to implement. Suddenly, I thought of "style". Some people are born with style, some will learn it through life school and some other people will never have any.
Style is about knowing how to eat a simple sandwich and how to dress for a cocktail; style is about choosing the right flatware for a casual, or a formal dinner. Style is about knowing how to walk on heels, or flat shoes; how to talk in a stressful situation, or before an audience, or knowing how to get out of embarrassing moments.
Style covers every aspects of our life. I thought this is a good subject to talk about.
As a Renaissance woman, I am in constant search of ways to improve my business while I am helping others with theirs. Collaborating with successful businesses is one thing I have done many times during the course of my design career. These days the economy is not friendly for anyone, these are times to stick together, fuse our efforts and keep on chipping a piece every day.
I finally decided that I like the autumn, I am Italian and October is my birthday month, all three good reasons to make the month of October the right month to celebrate the "Italian Life In Style". I have organized four events, one a week, with different stores and establishments in the area where I operate, the San Francisco Bay Area.
The first event will happen on Oct.13, 2010 with Frette House for luxurious Italian bed and bath items.
Other events will be in collaboration with Italian restaurants, wineries and spa, where I will be talking about style inside and out and entertain guests of the stores with funny stories and real fact. I don't forget to include a few laughs, they come naturally and free of charge.
This new idea has open the way for next year events, they will be bigger and different. The power of imagination is limitless. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola has been in business as a designer since 1990. Being Italian born and raised, her design work has been influenced by Classicism and stylish, timeless designs. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. Check out her published books:
Has ever happened to you
to see people in the street as if they had just woke up, didn’t have time to go
through the daily ablutions and catapulted themselves into a new day? It has
happened to me. I think those people are afraid of mirrors and the revelation
they could experience if they see their image reflected through the
Fashion, always aiming to
new experiences, has determined the style of an era, its colors, shapes and
forms, sometimes through the invention of many accessories of minor importance.
Some of the accessories considered “amusements”, were in high demand, highly
paid and sometimes reputed indispensable.
All those secondary
accessories that fashion has created through the centuries, we still find them
attractive today and have transferred them into our homes. Mirror is one those
(Photo right: The book “Le Bon Genre" was published 1817 .
Vyvyan Holland, Hand Coloured Fashion Plates 1770 to 1899, p. 51)
From the 12th century to
17th century mirrors took a stage in women fashion. With the invention of the
glass soon followed the invention of mirrors too. By applying a heavy coat of
aluminum or silver to the backside of one sheet of flat plate glass, the
reflective surface was invented.
The most preferred
mirrors were the hand mirrors and the pocket mirrors. Women carried mirrors on
gold chain as necklaces, or tied to their waist and even attached to the middle
of their hand fans. Made of highly decorative materials as ivory, or
tortoise-shell frames, embellished with engravings on silver with a gold tone,
mirrors taught women the art of vanity and coquetry.
Looking at oneself in the
mirror became such an important practice of vanity that mirrors became larger,
oversized and made to hung on walls to get the full effect of the entire body.
And that is how kings and queens, castles and aristocratic homes decorated at
least one of the many rooms as the “Room of Mirrors” generally used for grand
gala and dancing halls delighting us with their beauty to these days.
(Photo: Genova Royal Palace Museum -Museo di Palazzo Reale on TripAdvisor)
Many artistic craft shops
were born through the centuries to keep up with the demand of several fashion
accessories, some of which have unfortunately disappeared to give way to mass
In Italy it is very
common to hear people since a young age speaking of beauty: “bello” – “che
bello” – “come e’ bello” – “che bellezza” – “che finezza” – all adjectives that
show how appreciative people are about beauty or fine things and how much they
like to fill their own life with these objects.
The purpose of mirrors is
to reflect and to double any image.
They should be placed
anywhere they can reflect and double the beauty, therefore carefully think of
their placement when you hang mirrors on the walls. If placed in a corner they
make the opposite corner look larger, especially if in the opposite corner
there is a light source nearby, the lighting reflected in the mirror will
illuminate the room in such a way that the space will appear visually larger.
As a designer, I can
create the unexpected by placing mirrors in strategic places and I am not
afraid of placing them in uncommon areas. By grouping many together, regardless
of shapes and forms, I can recreate the large window effect in rooms with only
one small window, thus reflecting the natural light coming from that one
(Photo right: http://foter.com/explore/trestle-console-table)
To turn the area under a
staircase into a lively area, I can place mirrors with lighting shining into
with the aids of plants disguising the fixtures.
In the summer time, when the
fire is off, a fireplace is beautiful with a mirror insert and lights inside.
The fireplace will no longer be a black hole, but a transformed tri-dimensional
Tall mirrors placed
vertically on the walls can also reflect heat. Sun reflected in mirrors
produces heat and then fire, be careful not to burn the house down.
Composition of mirror
with frames of all shapes, sizes and color look stunning together and they are
The “looking-glass” will
tell the truth about ourselves. Before I speak to an audience, I go to my
favorite mirror and question it. I see how I look, what aspect of myself to
improve, what gestures to do or not to do.
(Photo left: Venetian mirrors from Wisteria)
Let the looking-glass be
your friend, it will keep all your secrets and it will tell you all your
mistakes, then it is up to you to fix them.
In most cultures there is
a common belief that when breaking a mirror, seven years of bad luck await for
you and if you believe, it will happen.
Let me help you with all
your decorating or remodeling dilemmas. Together we can go further and my
designing adventure can continue on. Love to hear your comments. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola, is a trained designer and =owner of Valentina Interior & Designs in business since 1990. She works on consultation and
produces design concepts for remodeling and new home designs for interiors and exteriors. She also provides consultation on décor restyling and
home fashion. Valentina has been featured in Italy on: “Vogue” magazine and many
prominent publications in California. She also has made three appearances on T.V.
Comcast Channel 15.
This week Avaliving is
featuring one of my projects for the theme: Small Bathroom Solutions. The small
bathroom I presented was designed for a 17-year young girl, but in reality I
was designing it for her mother.
The girl was very
sophisticated and had a very clear image of her room and attached bathroom when
we were in the “remodeling mode” of the entire home.
She also knew that in a
couple of years from that remodeling, she would have been gone off to college,
so she let her mother having fun in the design process.
The mother wanted nothing
but the best for her only girl in the family.
The cabinet was made in
Mahogany with inserts of Lace Maple and produced locally in California by a
master Italian ebonist. The area for counter top was minimal, therefore
purchasing an expensive stone, a beautiful Opera Fantastico marble was not a
big expense at all. The door handles are real silver 925.
The shower enclosure in contrasting
colors was made in a combination of Italian marbles and stones left over pieces
from other remodeling projects the owners did in previous years in some of
their properties. Italian wall lighting and wall faux finish in a delicate sea
foam set the tone for this 10x9 bathroom and soften the bold colors of the stones.
I found my inspiration
from the collection of many jewelry pieces made of natural rocks and precious
gems the owner showed me one day while we were shooting the breeze sitting on
the freshly installed hard wood floor. She had beautiful examples of
lapislazzuli, quarts, corals, African copal and more and more. All of those eccentric pieces were set
in gold, silver and other precious metals, which led me to the next inspiration
for the bedroom of the girl:
“the golden tone room”,
very Italian and very romantic. I will elaborate on this room at a different
(Photos are property of ©ValentinaInteriors & Designs)
For now, I want to conclude with a couple of thoughts on small bathrooms or any small spaces.
A small bathroom, whether
it is a powder room or a full bath is one place a designer can propose
expensive material without breaking the budget and almost have a license to do
it. It is the right place a
designer can show off abilities to make everything fit in a reduced floor plan
and still produce a functional bathroom with all the amenities needed and more. Saving material from
previous projects and know how to use them together again in a new space is a
magic only the expert with clinical eye can pull off.
My goal as a designer is
exactly that: to help, to inform, to bring innovations, to re-use artistically
resources already available and ultimately not to break client's budget in the
Small spaces are for
genius. To fill a vast space with things and stuff is very easy, to make a
small space work intelligently is a challenge I really love!
Don’t forget about the visual. Sometimes people look at photos of designer’s projects, the first thing that comes to mind is the cost and that might discourage people from hiring a particular designer. Pictures give the perception of high cost due to many tricks used in photography, but that is the reason why we, designers employ professional photographers, to alter the perception of something done on a budget. We want everybody to look good.
Thank you Avaliving for considering my projects. Ciao,
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Many times I wonder why people think cabinets intended for kitchens and baths must be just square boxes lined up like soldiers either on the walls or on the floor. Cabinets are utilitarian items and must serve a purpose of storing lot of cooking arsenal, food and products. Their functionality determines their bulky status, we know that, but we can at least improve their look by using certain strategies.
Mixing expensive wood on few panels with less expensive wood is a way to save and improve; mixing colors adds interest and movement. Using recycled wood, or hammered metal doors here and there will give your guests something to talk about. Counter tops don’t have to be all the same colors and the same materials and islands don’t have to be a box either. Look at this beautiful antique table repurposed and made into an island.
Kitchen and bath cabinets I see around are so uniform, so even, so square, so boxy and so boring! They are as common as they can be.
I didn’t have to become a designer to like different things, shapes and forms. I became a designer just because my thinking is different and I can offer so many different solutions to the people I want to serve.
Let me tell you, curves in home furnishing and cabinetries have never gone out of fashion, just like curvaceous women have always existed in history, in paintings and even more so in modern times. Plastic surgery enhances those parts of a woman God forgot to add, or just about.
Curved lines in kitchen cabinetries create rhythm and flow other than saving floor space, as we all know those 2 or 3 inches make a difference on a floor plan. Curved corners bring so much harmony in the stark look of any cabinetry.
Think of a space as a whole, don’t look at the price of the curved cabinetry. Choose warm color wood species, add warm colors in the hard surfaces material and walls; open up some cabinets by adding glass door front with interior glass shelves and lighting; mix closed cabinets with open shelves and just wait to see how pleasurable the kitchen will be.
Curves in bathroom cabinetries make an easier flow with less points of danger. Curved cabinetry fit well in contemporary décor as well as in traditional style.
Producing custom made curved cabinetry has many advantages and no disadvantages that I can list, contrary to what most people think. The cost to produce curves is higher than boxy, squared cabinets, I agree, but originality is priceless, in this world of “common looks and common places”. Would you not like to enter your kitchen or bathroom and say to yourself: “Yes, this is me!”. I think you would, especially when guided by a designer that will follow your dreams and allow that to happen. Today, being original is a way to preserve your personality and your soul.
Furthermore, consider that home fashion décor doesn’t change every three months as fashion does, so it makes sense investing once in a good cabinetry material made with superior craftsmanship that will last more than a decade, thus stretching your money for a long period of time. Take a look of this bath vanity I designed for one of my client. Bath Vanity
Author of the book: Come Mia Nonna–A Return to Simplicity
Red, the most passionate
colors of all the spectrum. Some people fear it for the excitement, agitation
and stirring up that red might bring to their day. Did you think red is an
occasional color, good only for Christmas and Valentine's day? I hope not. At
Christmas time the only red showing up in my decorations is a wreath of
oversize red roses hanging on my entry door.
contrarian", I like to use red in August. Gardens and orchards are a
delight to enjoy with all the reds they produce; tomatoes make their best
appearance in this month. My home grown tomatoes are juicy and beefy and they
looks so good in a cluster on the vine.
Red in all tints and
tones is going away from dining rooms, making an imposing entrance in areas of
the home you wouldn't imagine and it is becoming very creative all on its own.
My master painter used
red in his bedroom and it looks stunning. Think about it. Most of our time
spent in the bedroom is spent with the eyes closed, sleeping, but when we get
up in the morning, red is perfect to energize and stimulate our cells to start
a productive day in a positive way.
One of my colleagues made
a red column to host double ovens, microwave and cabinets in a kitchen with a
real personality, tailored to express individuality. Note, the island is made
from an antique Queen Ann table. What a fabulous idea! Old furniture can be
re-used in a new way. Possibilities are infinite.
European kitchens show
red sparingly, but in a playful way, mixing it with natural woods or with
highly lacquered cabinetry in white, smoky gray or black.
Now let's go where the new August Red is going.
Closet doors are beautiful in color. Imagine a red closets in the bedroom, matte lacquer over teak wood, surrounded by pearl gray walls done in Venetian stucco and a highly polished concrete floor.
Red is going in interior doors with a tri-dimensional effect.
In one of my project in Italy, I have used only one red interior door as the accent door. It was the door to the home office, but as the element of surprise, intrigues people and the question is always: "What is there behind that door?"