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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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Mood Board for La Fortrezza Decor

Pulling to together the Fortress decor has been such fun. We have decided that 90% of the decor will be up-cycled, antiques, and vintage pieces. In Italy this is a very easy call since there are so many fantastic resources.

Pulling to together the Fortress decor has been such fun. We have decided that 90% of the decor will be up-cycled, antiques, and vintage pieces. In Italy this is a very easy call since there are so many fantastic resources. We’ve sourced our tile and are working on all of the other decor, too.

I wanted to share our mood board. If you’re interested in seeing the full picture, head over to my La Fortezza Project pinterest board.

We should be finished with phase one end of April, then we start phase two which includes the commercial kitchen and all the guest quarters. Pretty exciting. Follow along if you are not already on my instagram feed for updates.

xx

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Homesteading in Joshua Tree

I recently visited a quirky, well-appointed metal house. The Joshua Tree home belongs to my friend Mikel, and needless to say, it's awesome.

The view from the living room is spectacular!

The view from the living room is spectacular!

As most of you know, I recently visited Joshua Tree. Mostly because my dear friend Mikel invited me to tour his home there. He bought a ramshackled metal house in the middle of the dessert. The view sold the house along with the promise of peace and quiet which is something Mikel treasures as a TV producer/developer in Los Angeles; Mikel and I met when I was filming a pilot for HGTV.

The pilot never made it, but our friendship blossomed. We shot my own Bravo pilot a couple of years after meeting, and a creative bond was formed. I wanted to give you a tour of his house. Here’s the cool thing: you can rent this gorgeous location through Airbnb You can also follow the home on instagram.

The gallery wall in the garage, I think I need this in my life.

The gallery wall in the garage, I think I need this in my life.

Mikel has a quirky design sensibility. It’s whimsical and retro and my favorite, irreverently kitsch.

Thanks again Mikel for inviting me to your little piece of heaven, fair warning…I’ll be back! xx

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Steve McKenzie’s :: A Home Store with Heart & Soul

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Hi Everyone! Nicole here, Annette’s web-manager and friend. You might remember me from my post about being completely awestruck at one of Annette’s photoshoots back in the spring.

While Annette wraps-up her amazing summer in Italy, she asked if I would go on assignment for the blog and write up a little something about one of my favorite home decor shops in Atlanta, Steve McKenzie’s. The chance to gush about beautiful art, furniture, and home accessories? Say no more because I’m in!

Steve McKenzie’s is owned and operated by husband-wife duo, Steve & Jill McKenzie. Serving as an interiors and lifestyle store in Atlanta’s blossoming Westside Design District, Steve McKenzie’s is home to beautiful Grange furniture, art and prints by Thimblepress, ceramics by R. Wood, and much more. In fact, Steve McKenzie’s recently became the exclusive showroom for Cotton & Quill. Not too shabby for a shop that only opened in 2012; they clearly have the eye for design and the longevity to last. This well-curated space is not only showcases high end¬†brands, but also has a special place in its heart for local southern makers, making it a dream to explore and get lost in.

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Of course, I would be remiss not to mention that Steve is a brilliant artist and the man behind much of the art in the store, along with his own line of textiles carried exclusively at Steve McKenzie’s. Jill and Steve have this whole co-owner thing down to a science. When in the store, it is truly evident that they work as a partnership as Jill admiringly describes Steve’s artwork while making each customer feel right at home; she’s a true southern hostess.

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Not only does Steve McKenzie’s feature the very best in home decor, but they’re also embracing the community and lending a little creativity to Atlanta. Partnering with local artists and creatives like BlackCatTips, Steve McKenzie’s offers Saturday morning Kickstart Creativity classes regularly. On August 29th,¬†they’re helping everyone get ready for Atlanta’s upcoming Beltline lantern parade. For $30, you can join Xavier Neuner, the shop’s resident paper and party expert, get all of the lantern supplies you need, and enjoy a little creative class to jumpstart your weekend. Buy tickets here.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to visit my friends Jill & Steve at Steve McKenzie’s. You’re bound to find the prefect hostess gift, some stunning art, and books you just can’t live without.

xo, Nicole

photo credit: me portrait found on Erika Ward’s blog

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Inspiration Monday: Black and White


The black and white trend has been big for a while, but there is just something that keeps drawing me back to it. I love it softened up with vintage finds or big jolts of color or even super subtle tonal looks. It always feels fresh and almost like a museum backdrop to work with. Collections become art and frames become a little bit more noticeable. Here are some gorgeous homes (and Dwell Studio’s NY shop) that get the look just right in my opinion. Do you love it too?

I’m going to be sharing some trends I’ve noticed over here (In Italy and Greece) that I want to bring home with me. I also can’t wait to share my book trailer with you guys. Eek! Stay tuned…




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