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Muses and Visionaries Magazine Behind the Scenes


One of the coolest things about living in Italy all summer is that I get to do my styling work as well. It’s one of the big perks of being a freelancer. One of my favorite publications Muses and Visionaries Magazine  asked me to do a food/entertaining story for their September issue with my Italian bestie and uber interior designer Monica Damonte. If you read my blog or follow me on IG you know that she and I are the Eddie and Patsy of the Italian Riviera and St Tropez (stay tuned for St Tropez adventures coming on the blog soon).

For Monica entertaining is a snap. She lives in the most amazing house, my dream house and it’s set up for easy entertaining, but more on this coming up in the September issue of M&V Magazine.

Here are a few behind the scenes for you today. I think my favorite part of the entire day was shopping, well maybe drinking wine while prepping! We had the most amazing food and the wine was divine.


Local Olive Oil vendor down the street from the house, so amazing!






There will be some amazing recipes and some super cool tablescape ideas in this feature. You won’t want to miss it!

Look out for the September issue of M&V Magazine and follow all my behind the scenes in Italy on instagram.

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Style Lesson: Salone Internazionale del Mobile part 2


For those of you who have never been to the Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair) it’s a design mob scene. Held in a convention center the size of 10 football fields, it’s a wear your comfy shoes situation, and make sure to hydrate. This year once again I went with my dear friend and designer, Kelly Hines. We braved the Metro, we were sandwiched like sardines. Once we arrived we headed to her first appointment at Flexform. AMAZING place.

This year the special exhibit was the Cucina (kitchen) area, needless to say I spent hours wandering and chatting with chefs and Reps about new innovations in the kitchen.

I split my day and wandered around with my sweet Italian designer friend Monica Damonte and her darling daughter Victoria who studies interior design in Milan and has a really cool blog called Vickos Diary. They wanted to show me all their favorites. Right now Victoria is obsessed with Tom Dixon. Tom was in attendance and she was dying to have her photo made with him. So I grabbed him said he had a fan and wrangled them for a photo. He was less than thrilled as we caught him trying to dash out with a boxed salad in hand. Hence the sour look on his face. Geez.


Victoria with the very hungry Tom Dixon.


Flexform Showroom in full swing.


Kelly enjoying a little time off her feet at Flexform.


The most amazing Rossana kitchen, so beautifully finished, it was breathtaking.


A great Demo area was set up with various Italian Master Chefs demoing and cooking for the crowd.


All in all the Milan Furniture Fair is worthwhile. It’s truly a worldwide take on furnishings at an amazing venue. Well laid out, organized, and exciting. I love it every year, it never gets old.

Couple of tips:

1. Take the Metro to the Fair, you can buy an all inclusive ticket.

2. Wear comfortable attire. Wear comfy shoes.

3. Bring a roller bag, as the vendor websites are not updated and they will never send you the catalog, so if you like the line take the paper catalog!

4. Stay in Milan for the show for at least 4 days. That way you need not spend the entire day at the fair, it’s exhausting and visual overload. 5 hours at a time is plenty.

5. Take in the temporary displays in the various design districts like Brera.

6. Go to the parties, but have aperitivo first at the Armani Hotel or Bulgari Hotel, as there is very little food at these design parties.

7. Make hotel or apartment and restaurant reservations well in advance as everything is super insane.

Ciao tutti, more Milan inspiration to come… Stop by and let me know what you think! tanti baci


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Inspiration {Monica} Monday- Black and White

By now you all know I am here at our home in Italy for the summer. I come to relax, unwind and of course be inspired. I think everyone should take a moment and recharge their creative battery. No need to tell you that Italians have great style and I soak in as much as I can over 3 months time. One of the most creative people I know is a dear friend and interior designer that lives right here in my town, Monica Damonte . Last week I had the pleasure of watching her creative process in person while she re-merchandised her incredible retail store Odulia . Here are a few quick pics of the transformation. Let me know what you think and if you like black and white as a color palette?

Grazie mille Monica!

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