Casa Lazzari










On the border of Toscana and Umbria, is a charming & rustic Italian villa just waiting for guests to arrive. This old stone building with terracotta shingles was renovated in 2008 to accommodate 12. It's architectural elements are wonderful, rustic wood beams are exposed in every room and hallway. The multilevel layout allows for private spaces with surprises around every corner and up every set of stairs. Decorated impeccably with creams and neutral tones, it is a breathtaking escape. For those of you who love to cook, heaven awaits you. Outfitted with 2 ovens, hotplates, extra large fridge, and a pizza oven outdoors, you will gladly enjoy preparing some of the tastiest and inspired meals ever. And when you need a break, ancient villages nearby boast some of the most authentic Italian restaurants of the region. Not sold yet? Firenze and Siena are just a couple of hours of away. If you feel the need to shop, watch people outfitted in the most stylish clothes of the season, or just just sit at an outdoor cafe listening to local music, the city is easily accessible.
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There are a few ways to enjoy Italy.. if you are under 25, and can sleep on surfaces other than a bed, I suggest backpacking. However, for those of you with discerning taste, there is a villa located on a hillside, along a private country road, with a pool and a gourmet kitchen, .... fresh linens and modern appointments await you .... and it is the only way to experience a culture that is rich in art, history, design, and cuisine.
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All images from Italian Villas, and for more information on Casa Lazzari, click here.

Sage Moss Apple Pea, Jade Grass Verdigris



Looking to add some colour to your neutral home but don't know where to begin? Alas, the answer lies here. You can't go wrong when you take inspiration from colours that grace the natural world. And that is exactly what Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wisely did for this Newport Beach home. The source of inspiration, a pear tree, just before full blossom. With soft greens, rich buds, white flowers, and gray branches. Doesn't that sound beautiful?



This Dining room is exquisite with it's warm cognac table, contrasting beautifully against the cooler taupe and gray. The green botanical prints and potted florals add a punch of lively colour, and the crystal chandelier is incredibly dramatic. (Dining Chairs and Chandelier by Dennis & Leen)
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Every room has a refreshing twist on the inspirational theme and colour palette. There are wonderful surprises at every corner. In the bedroom, simple and tasteful Iron bed that mimics branches, botanical print on curtains.. and a recurrence of that soft pear green in bedding. The introduction of yellow is carried straight through to the outdoors with lemon trees sitting in planters.
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Although this home is filled with many antiques and traditional pieces, it feels very updated and refreshed. The brilliant layers of green are revitalizing, just as nature intended.
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Photo Credit: Veranda Magazine, July August 2009

Eco Impact: Whitewash & Co

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Furniture shopping isn’t quite what it used to be. Long ago, when you were in need of some home furnishings, you could easily find the best tradesmen in town to make the perfect accoutrement. Today, you have to search through a vast selection of products available at various price points and styles. Products are manufactured, foreign and local, at so many levels of quality that it can be quite a challenge determining exactly what you are buying. Thankfully, people like Jo Alcorn are around to clear the sawdust, and educate shoppers on smart, valuable and eco-friendly buying decisions. She founded Whitewash & Co on the principles of quality, traditional craftsmanship and respect for our earth.



W&C’s exquisite line of furniture is made by true craftsmen, using only solid wood, traditional sewing and support techniques, and carefully selected eco-friendly materials. Jo Alcorn’s longstanding design career has provided her access to a diverse client base with a wide range of d├ęcor preferences. It’s obvious that each piece of furniture was designed with these clients in mind. Styles are elegant and classic. Quality is uncompromised, and built to succeed into the next generation.




Jo Alcorn’s commitment to finding innovative design, eco products and methods is inspiring. “We believe the green movement is important for this generation and the generations to come….keeping the carbon foot print down, will strengthen the economy and support local businesses.” It is wonderful to see the widespread awareness of the environmental impact in our community. Clearly outlining these values and practices allows consumers some insight into the influence of their buying decision. In the long run, investing in quality is a better value for your pocket, and for the environment.
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For more information about Whitewash & Co and Jo Alcorn, please visit W&C

Dining in Style

Barry Dixon

Elissa Cullman
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Mica Ertegun
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Mariette Himes Gomez

McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier

Suzanne Kasler

Nancy Price
. Charles Faudree
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Ashley Whitaker

Gary McBourne

Keller Donovan

Thad Hayes

A formal dining room is a very special place in a home. Here is where family and friends come together to celebrate. It's the room that will have the most pictures taken in it, because you can get the most number of people into a single frame. And it's a room that you will look back on with many fond memories. It is no wonder why many considerations go into planning the perfect room for entertaining. Do you typically have big parties, or small intimate ones - or both. How do you serve your meals, elegantly plated or help yourself. Are you a group of adults who linger with a glass of wine afterwards or are you outnumbered by children who are anxious to get the eating over with.
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Sophisticated formal or Casual classic, your dining room says a lot about who you are. A round table is perfect for engaging in stimulating conversation. A server nearby is great for avoiding frequent trips to the kitchen. A generous sized room is ideal for creating a good flow of traffic. Whether your gatherings are large or small, formal or casual, simple or sophisticated there are some key elements to dining in style. Comfortable seats will make your guests want to stay a while, a little colour will give a lot of energy, a dramatic light fixture will make you feel like celebrating, a floral arrangement for liveliness, and big windows so you can let natural light in and avoid feeling crowded. With a little food & some good company, your dining room will be the space for making beautiful memories and perfect pictures.
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Photo Credits: House Beautiful, Veranda, Architectural Digest

Peaceful and Pretty

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Architectural Digest Mar 2003, William Hodgins
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I have been dreaming of an escape like this one for quite some time now. Quiet and Quaint, a place to enjoy freely all my favorite things. Reading, Writing, Cooking, Sleeping in the sun.. my mind feels rested just looking over these images. Maybe it's the feminine touches that are so inviting, the scalloped edges, the white flowers, that beautiful pink floral bedspread. Or is it the soft blue palette that feels cool and calm that is calling me to rest. Interior Designer William Hodgins restored this bright space to, what it may have looked like back in 1916. Beautifully detailed crown mouldings and trim, and a dark stained floors to contrast all the softness. Modern touches include floor to ceiling French doors and windows, perfect for letting in light and a gorgeous view of the river. Filled with fine art & collectables, this 100 year old property has finally found the owner it deserves. I just wish I knew her.

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