Antiquariato Finds

Antiquariato Finds

That good ol’ feeling… Always get a rush out of vintage. 🙂 Here, just some of the most inspired from the big Antiquariato (used-goods fest) in Ancona. Just look at those colors, the illustrations – the thought they put into it – WILD!




Wrapping up summer / Fra turns 30

Wrapping up summer / Fra turns 30

The cool winds have hit, summer is over. Yes folks, that was it. Time to dig out those sweaters from that dark forgettable spot in the cabinet seemingly not too long ago. Naturally melancholy kicks in, but not this instance. Summer 2011 marked a big change in our lives from the birth of Adamo, the realization that we have reached that “grown up” stage in our lives (marked also by Fra’s 30th birthday today) and knowing all this is just a prelude of things to come.

Happy Birthday! featuring DIY French Toast “cake” with banana strawberry cream “frosting”
Thank you Fra. I/we never thought we’d be here celebrating this day with all that has changed/happened in  our lives. You’ve surprised me constantly with your big heart, patience and unique perspective – I’m so proud of you! Bravo amore, I look forward to more adventures with you. 🙂
Also Adamo says Ciao!
Oliveto in Mogliano

Oliveto in Mogliano

Its summer, the perfect time to invite friends over for dinner outdoors. What better place to be than in the countryside – in this instance, Oliveto, an olive farm in Mogliano, a small town set in the hills of Marche. Tamsin, the artist/designer who I met through Etsy by chance (or destiny!), runs the place with her husband Aldo.


This is my first summer in the Italian countryside. Last year’s was spent mostly in sea-side Sardinia, so I never really had that “Italian” feeling you get from watching movies like Under the Tuscan Sun or Eat, Pray, Love. All the better, I think, as I’ve developed my own feelings about being in this country, not all of which are movie-worthy. hehe..

Still, it is a sight to see. A nice smell in the air with all the vegetation, so green and lush against the pale brick walls. Everyone a bit more perky, sociable, and finally we can wear less clothes (and flipflops!).

Oliveto gave me that Italian feeling. Its just so rustic and irresistible. Flowers jutting out from nowhere begging to get noticed even when you don’t see them, they’ll get you by the lungs!

This is a discovery – Elderflower cordial. Its fermented elderflower with sugar and lemon that just makes you want to wear a victorian gown while taking a nice cool sip. Respect the Elders!


Dinner Date at the Balcony

Dinner Date at the Balcony

Spending the whole day indoors working, cleaning, and whatnot, I thought having dinner at the balcony would be fresh change of atmosphere.

Its a small space but with the use of a yoga mat and some pretty fabric, we made ourselves the guests of our first outdoor restaurant. 🙂

We had a big lunch so for dinner was a simple salad with heirloom tomatoes, basil, celery, and a mix of greens together with lemon tahini dressing. On the side we had some samosas and veggie balls.

Swallows all over the sky around sunset.

Wedding in Alassio

Wedding in Alassio

From Wedding in Alassio
About a month ago we witnessed a lovely wedding in Alassio, a sweet little town by the sea in the northern region of Leguria where roads take you to Italy’s neighbor, France. Francesca, the bride, looked amazing with her dress, a simple yet elegant gown colored with light blue stripes reflecting the color of the sea and sky in spring. Edward, the groom, blushed and smiling under the sun and us happy, enjoying the weather and the wonderful company – it was a pleasure indeed.

Corrado, a friend greets the bride

Oh, and I designed the wedding invite too! It was their idea to have a retro postcard with an image of old Alassio and its shoreline.

Old black and white photo of Alassio reframed, sepiafied and redistressed
The next morning, Alassio still looking like it did in the postcard