Italian House Update

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Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update.

We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, “in process.”

Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process."

In the meantime, I am getting used to country life. Our renovation is slowing down in the dog days of summer, and the truth is, I a need a break from the constant banging, drilling and sawing, not to mention the bulldozer which Italian men love to work with. These guys love a bulldozer; they use it for digging, lifting and moving earth. But mostly they like the macho-ness of it all.

I am starting to see the fruits of the garden grow; we enjoyed eggplant and basil on our pizza the other night. It’s so satisfying to be eating out of the garden.

Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process." Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process." Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process."

The main house is comfortable, and the kitchen works like a dream. I have been cooking like crazy. So the country life, the house and the studio are all working like a charm.

We feel like we have breathed life into this ancient fortress; the thick walls are welcoming and protective. When there are not a million construction workers on site, like on the weekends, it’s really quiet and still.

Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process." Well I have lived in our place for 2 months. Time for a house update! We are still waiting for our residency cards, they are, as they say, "in process."

In Italy they say the house finds you, and I truly believe it. I feel quite at home. A sense of calm has washed over me.

We still have a ways to go, but just having this space in the countryside makes me enormously happy. Oh and Vivi likes it too.

I hope you will join us for a retreat someday, so we can show you around the Fortress in person.

xx Annette

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IKEA’s Jassa Collection: A Colorful Bazaar

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

As you all know, Ikea is one of my stylist’s secrets. It’s a great place to find funky, affordable, and chic items for your home and beyond. I’ve even been known to use Ikea items for photoshoots from time to time.

Ikea’s latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It’s colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. It just screams outdoor entertaining and summer style.

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

The textiles are bold, and the furniture is so fun. It’s just a little bit vintage, but full of modernity. I just love it all.

Toss the oversized pillows on the floor for additional cozy seating, grab a large basket or two to hold blankets or beach towels around the pool, or plan an dinner party around the royal blue splattered serving wear. Most of all, plan some springtime fun!

xx Annette

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Dispatch from Milan:: Villa Necchi Campiglio

I am Love Villa Necchi Campiglio Villa Necchi Campiglio If you have not seen Luca Guadagnino’s movie I am Love, you need to immediately…and not just because it is set in the place I call home in Italy, in Milan, and on the Riviera. It’s one of the most beautifully shot and styled movies of the 21st century.

One of the major stars of the movie is Villa Necchi Campiglio, a beautifully appointed Art Deco masterpiece that warrants it’s star status. Of course the brightest star in the movie is Tilda Swinton who plays Emma, a mother of three and wife of the wealthy Milanese industrialist.

Much like the real life of the original Milanese industrialist family that lived there, the movie mirrors their life; a life full of drama and trials and tribulations.

Villa Necchi Campiglio is in the city center of Milan. Although it’s in a residential neighborhood, it looks like it’s in the outskirts in the suburbs.

I had the great pleasure of touring the home, Villa Necchi Campigilo; it is an exquisite representation of Art Deco architecture. The doors opened to the public after a full renovation in 2008. The property was bequeathed to Italy’s national trust (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano) following the death of the heirless Gigina Necchi Campiglio in 2001. Interestingly, I overheard one of the guides telling someone that the family had long run out of money; the last heir was in her 90’s when she died, and the house was in disrepair. It’s so wonderful that the Italian trust so lovingly renovated it to it’s current glory.

It was designed by Milanese Architect Piero Portaluppi during the 1930s. In addition to designing this home, he worked on some of his most important projects in Milan including Villa Campiglio (1932-1935). Villa Necchi Campiglio was designed in 1932 for Angelo Campiglio, his wife Gigina Necchi and her sister Nedda. The Necchis were an industrialist family who manufactured sewing machines. If you look carefully ,you can see many details that are a subtle nod to that fact. Delicate roping on the ceilings and scallops as well. The house is an elegant backdrop to the beautiful family collections housed all around.

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Villa Necchi Campiglio

One of my favorite places was on the second floor: the bathrooms and the dressing rooms were modern, functional, and so elegant. I also loved the dining room which you see many times in the movie; it’s warm and stunning with sharkskin walls and an enormous dining table. On the ceiling there is a relief of astrological signs. Villa Necchi Campiglio

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Villa Necchi Campiglio

I highly suggest you take the tour next time you’re visiting MIlan. It’s a morning or afternoon well spent. This house is one of the most elegant and pleasingly modern spaces I have visited. I loved every scrumptious morsel of it.

xx, Annette

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Minted Curated Collection

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my big announcement on Monday morning: a curated collection for Minted. I am thrilled to partner with Minted as one of their first curators.

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite party and home essentials by Minted, and they’re now available to you in one, beautiful place. Some of my favorite items are Minted’s new home decor linens and fabrics.

Stock up on linens because they are a great way to bring a little jazz to each party without breaking the bank. In fact, Minted’s table linens start at only $24 for 2 napkins. A steal.

Then, use Minted’s pillow collection to swap out your sofa accessories for different party themes.

I’ve pulled some of my favorite items from my curated collection to show you how to create a winter cocktail party using Minted’s home and paper lines. I love the moodiness of the black and white.

I am thrilled to partner with Minted as one of their first curators. Shop my collection! | http://www.minted.com/store/annettejosephstyle

I would probably want to replicate this gorgeous flower arrangement from a recent dinner I had with the Minted team, gorgeous right?

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  1. Scallops Pillow
  2. Painted Oval Chain Pillow
  3. Pop. Fizz. Clink. party invitation
  4. Florals Table Runner
  5. Brushed Scallops napkins

Of course, Minted has loads of lovely items for spring, too, and I am equally as excited to start using them to brighten up my table and home for the impending warmer weather. How darling is this floral table runner? Find the items here along with tons of others in my Curated Collection for Minted.

What Minted items are you most excited to add to your own party closet?

xx, Annette

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Sage Living:: the design book with soul

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Last weekend I curled up with my friend Anne Sage‘s new design book, Sage Living, Decorate for the Life You Want. I wasn’t surprised that it was beautiful or unique because that pretty much sums up Anne in a nutshell.

However, what did surprise me was that this book is really a helpful guide on how to be happy at home. It’s a simple premise, but it’s never been done. Anne is not only brilliant in her approach to design and how it ties to our sense of well being, but this book will have you looking at your spaces and how you live in a fresh new way.

Lucky for me she agreed to come along and share her expertise with my June Style + Photo Workshop students in Italy this summer. Of course she wowed the crowd, and she will be back next June to do it again!

Lucky for you she has written one of the most soulful design books out there. While most design books cover beautiful spaces page after page, chapter after chapter, in a rather formulaic fashion, Anne goes the extra mile and illustrates the relationship between our home and our happiness.

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Anne reminds us that “Your best life starts at home.”

In Sage Living, Anne Sage opens the door to 28 covetable dwellings designed to boost the dreams of their occupants, from the sunny kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler. With page after page of stunning interiors and design tips for every room, Sage Living goes beneath the stylized surface to help you decorate for the life you want.

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When Anne asked me if she could photograph the entertaining spaces in our home for this book, I was not only honored, but excited to share why our home is the place that makes me and my entire family feel happy, centered, and at ease. We have created a place to make everyone feel comfortable and relaxed.

You may know Anne as the City Sage, but I know her as a smart cookie. This book will change the way you look at your space and yes, even your life. I urge you to pick up a copy. It’s not only a design book; it goes deep and will have you thinking about the way you live in the most important space in your life: your home.

Thank you Anne for including our home. Our happiest place.

Photos : via Emily Johnston

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