Why Italian design leads the way

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A good homemade cappuccino was recently on my mind, one that I could make in the comfort of my home and would preferably take me back to Rome.
Not an easy task, since I believe that the best espresso and cappuccino is made in Sant’Eustachio Caffe in Rome, located right behind the Pantheon.
Yet, I was hopeful and so, the Italian taste and not last the Italian design of the machine were my criteria.
I didn’t have to go very far.
The new Espressamente illy cafes are fairly new to the U.S market and are as unique as each city they are in. The Italian espresso giant opened its first free-standing American Espressamente illy cafe in San Francisco only a year ago. Their attention to design and style is distinctly Italian-illy. And so are their machines. They offer the best of both worlds. Their striking design and the truly Italian taste are combined in illy.
For me the best coffee hands down and so is the Italian design.
The photos speak for themselves.

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Change in the Living room – Before and after

To dress up these two living room windows was quite a challenge for a while for the owner of the house. One window was deeply set with a different length and height then the other one.
I suggested a cornice to cover the height differences and make them equal height. The deeply set window disappeared once the cornice was placed on the outside of it.
The small patterned fabric was chosen to allow further transformation in the room, either in the form of a new furniture or just accessories.

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A different take on the reading nook

It was clear to me from the start that this nook needed more drama since it was such a great space and I wanted to make it quite special for the little girl.
Turning it into the reading nook with a cushion was a done deal, but I thought that a great chandelier would provide the much-needed drama.
I chose window curtains that would sparkle when the chandelier was lit. The nook turned out to be a quite a dazzling place to read a favorite book.

Curvy kitchens

These sleek, sexy, curvy lines in the kitchens are so attractive. It is a design trend that should endure the time and become even more popular thanks to the trend towards open – plan living. Wide range of kitchen designers embraced this curvy design. Here is a sample of them.

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Picture rail

The first time I came across a picture rail was in a magazine article.   I loved it right away. No nails! If you have tons of photos randomly hanged or staged all over your place and who doesn’t really, you might like it too.

All it took was an extra molding, molding hooks and a rope. If you choose a rope that is the same color as a wall color, it will become virtually invisible.

The picture rail makes it easy to add on pictures as your gallery grows. Just an idea….

These two pictures are going to make my gallery of favorite cities in the world.

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The Lego table

Is the Lego toy an essential part of the life of your children? If you are flooded with Lego creations you know what I mean. Sometimes I think that it is the best toy in the world, but when I have to pick up the tiniest parts of it, i usually change my mind.  There is never enough space.
Until I looked twice at this old table my boys had since they were little. I bought extra Lego bases at the store and with a little of help by jigsaw and glue, the table was transformed into a generous space for plenty of Lego creations.
And there are fewer pieces on the floor :)

The Power of Ceiling

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Don’t ever underestimate the power of the ceiling. That is the one blank wall that has a lot to offer and often goes unnoticed.

Here are some great ceilings I have seen in the past month that  speak  volumes.

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Colors and beyond

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If you would ask me where do I find the most of my color inspirations I would tell you in the nature. Some of the most beautiful color palettes are to be found around us. Check out the slideshow.