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The home between the manor house and the old village bakery was a horse stable in the past. The stable itself dates back from the XV century, when it was part of an old settlement (borgo). When my husband got it ten years ago it was pretty much in poor conditions. He decided to restore it, starting from scratch. The walls were reinforced, maintaining the original mix of stones, bricks and sand, and the original fireplace, made of a creamy Vicenza’s stone, surmounted by old logs, was fixed. The house has been called “Casa Rotta”. The pun is between casa rotta (broken house) and casa rossa (red house).This nickname was given by our nephews during the restoration and that name stuck.

screen shot 2012 09 10 at 11 27 58 pm2 THE BROKEN HOUSEThe shocking pink oleander is so beautiful and quite poisonous, but it gives a graceful touch to the garden.

screen shot 2012 09 11 at 12 34 51 pm THE BROKEN HOUSEThis deer lamp I bought at a flea market characterizes our porch.

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The look of a house, when viewed from the street, delivers a strong first impression to the occasional passenger. Real estate agents call it the “curb appeal”, and it’s an important factor, when selling a house. But the curb appeal is more than that. The image we all want to suggest from outside is a hint of what’s to be found inside.

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The Lion, like the eagle, symbolizes dominance or dominion. Its representation is important in heraldry, and in fable is referred to as the “King of beasts”.   The Sun is its astrological equivalent, referring to the animal’s strength, its golden brown color, and the ray-like mane of the male. The lion represents both religious and stately power, and leadership. For Christians the lion is a manifestation of Christ as judge and teacher, and it’s the emblem of St. Mark. For us it’s simply a cat friend who protects our home. I found it years ago in a small botanical garden in Brescia. It probably comes from an abandoned park of a big italian Villa.

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After having traveled a while around the world and having worked for more than ten years in the fashion business, as a manager for Max Mara and Pinko in Turin, I moved to Milan.  Soon I felt the need to express my imagination and my creativity in another way. Then, while restoring and furnishing our little country house, I discovered a real enthusiasm for interior design. Soon my passion turned into a never ending learning process, full of challenges and rewards. My dream is now to make it a full time act.

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I love succulents! Even though they look so unattractive with their spines I have softened them by putting them in these recycled coffee and tea cups.

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