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COCOCOZY SPRING 2011

14 Jan

We’re pretty sure these cushions, with their Moorish quatrefoil design, would suit casa just right. Consider them added to our (growing) wish list. Check COCOCOZY’s new collection out for yourself.

COCOCOZY: COCOCOZY SPRING 2011 – MY FIRST HOME FURNISHINGS COLLECTION!.

Exterior Ispirazione

6 Aug

As you get to know us, you’ll learn that we love a good project and a good reno, and that we’re mostly of the Do It Yourself persuasion. That said, overhauling a home across the Atlantic isn’t the scale project we wanted to tackle — not just yet, anyway. That Casa del Sole needs no major renovations or repairs is one of the many wonderful things about this house.

One of the first projects we’ll take on is a quick and easy facelift to the casa’s exterior. Nothing says welcome — benvenuto! — nor piques interest as does a beautiful exterior. Mother and I threw around a few ideas for a color palette for the shutters and the front door — mustard? grass green? some degree of turquoise? We prematurely settled on a golden mustard. It would go so well with our casa’s name — house in the sun — we thought. But after stumbling upon photos of Colleta di Castelbianco in Liguria and La Batiste de Marie in Provence, there was little doubt that cornflower blue, with its simple, rustic and soothing hue, was it for us.

The main wall of the home’s exterior is in fantastic condition and in a neutral color, which works so well in our favor. We’ve come up with this inspiration board to guide us (here you can see a our friend hanging out in front of casa). With nothing more than a can of paint, a few pots and plants flanking the door and hanging from a window box,  and a small bistro for morning espresso or meals al fresco, we’ll give Casa del Sole’s exterior just the easy makeover she needs.

Tell us, what do you think of our scheme?  What inspires you in design and decor?

Featured image of La Batiste de Marie via Habitually Chic

A House in Italy

4 Aug

Monterosso Calabro

On July 23, we bought a small home in a small, rustic village in southern Italy. The home is part of a 12th century palazzo in the village of Monterosso Calabro, and we are its third owners. It’s a bit surreal, and completely fantastic.

This small home is a dream, to say the least. The venture is between myself, Bárbara, my husband, David, and my mother, Yolie. That said, it’s really a project for mother and I, who immediately after purchase began pulling inspiration photos, colors, furniture ideas, art, plants, flowers. We even chose a name for our Italian cat, Figaro (every good house needs a cat), whom we’ll rescue from a street upon arriving in our village. And that was just the beginning.

It cannot go without mention that I have loved this village from the time I was 13 years old and first visited. Today I am 30, and I am just as in love with Monterosso. I must thank my dear friends Gail, Ann and Joe for introducing me to Monterosso, and for changing my life in ways none of us could have then imagined.

This blog is journal of our family’s adventure in renovating, decorating and living in our house in the sun — in Nostra Casa del Sole. We hope you’ll join us as we muse about life in a village thousands of miles away from the daily lives that have made such an adventure possible.

Ciao Ciao!

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