Saturday, March 31, 2012

Visions of Italy

 

We recently returned from a wonderful trip to Tuscany.  I have returned totally inspired by the beauty of the countryside, the architecture, and the fabulous food and wine. 

 

Montepulciano

 

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Somewhere in Tuscany!

 

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                              Piensa  (For your horse)

 

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The Hills near Bergamo

 

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Tuscan Doorway

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Ceiling Pitti Palace

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Tuscan Shutters

 

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Beautiful Bellagio Lake Cuomo

 

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                              Varenna Lake Cuomo

 

 

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Citta Alta (Bergamo)

 

 

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Another Tuscan Door

 

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Streets of Florence

 

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Boboli Gardens Florence

 

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Rome at dusk via the Spanish Steps

 

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Italian Wedding

 

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View from Siena 

 

Have you been to Italy?  If so what are your impressions?

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bathrooms Outside of the Box

 

In the past ten years or so we have seen  a trend toward lavish master baths that are attached to equally lavish master suites.  They are all quite lovely I agree but the baths of late that have captivated me are the ones that use repurposed materials and finishes in artful ways.

Style Icon Jill Brinson’s repurposed French Draper’s Table

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She has the TV stashed in the mirrored cupboard!

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Jill brinson via house beautiful

 

Isn’t this pretty?

love the console turned vanity<br />

Love the urn repurposed into a sink…the columns..love it all

wow ~ the urns ~ one as a sink! & the columns!  gorgeous

Console table repurposed as vanity

 

clever

 

 

Love the simple rusticity of the wood, iron, and stone. 

French inspired, unique

Segreto Finishes via Pinterest

Love the old shutters repurposed into a medicine cabinet door below

love the use of the old  cabinet door

via bhg.com via pinterest

Love the old lanterns suspended from an old beam

sink and the hanging lanterns from the beam.

via pinterest

 

Gorgeous Vintage Fragment Valance for the Shower Curtain

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via pinterest

 

Can’t go wrong with old shutters

inside..outside shutters

via google uk

 

The use of two arched windows together to make one fabulous mirror is genius

Pair of arched iron windowpane mirrors in powder room; Amy Morris

Amy Morris Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles via pinterest

Love this Asian Console Repurposed into a Vanity

 

Circa-1860 Asian table as vanity w/  Turkish bowl as basin; Amelia Handegan

 

 

Repurposed Mirror and Old Garden Sink Perfection!

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via pinterest

 

The master of Less is More Daryl Carter….love it!

 

rustic & modern perfection

Love the mirror out of old ceiling tiles, stone garden sinks!

love all the different textures<br />wendy owens

Wendy Owens via pinterest

What do you think?  Would you prefer a traditional bathroom or one that tweaks the imagination like those above?  I would love to hear your comments!