Alberto Cavalier spends his days with his father in this superb, tiny studio. They not only make and gild their own photo and mirror frames, but also create fabulous gilded masks, traditional moretto doorstops and carved and gilded lampstands.
A glance at the balcony above me as we strolled through Assisi yielded more than I expected. The plasterwork of the balcony underside and ornament above, the wrought iron, the painted underside of the roof line and the patina on all: mmmm!
On our trip to Italy, we checked into a hotel on the spur of the moment in Stresa, a charming town on Lake Maggiore. We went up to our room to deposit our luggage, looked out the window and this is what we saw.
This dining room, designed by Melissa Rufty, exhibits both the classic and sultry style of New Orleans. The fabulous mirror was created with an old overdoor and antiqued glass. A subtle, tone-on-tone damask covers the walls.
As I looked closer, the gorgeous accessories became evident: the gilt-wood candlesticks (actually, real silver leaf), the Italian consoles, the charming fireplace and the fresh combination of colors. (Notice the change of bench in front of the fireplace for these photos. I like the orange with the turquoise pillows and the lime green chairs.)