Wednesday, March 31, 2010
today I woke up and the sky was grey. Very windy and chilly outside - and it is not much warmer inside.
Sleeping with hot-water bottles makes the nights cosier. During the days I am wearing wool sweaters - sometimes two layers.
However, the good news is, that the wind here at the seaside blows away always the clowds quiet quickly and we have sunshine everyday. The weather forecast (the link is on my blogroll) is surprisingly reliable.
We have been to the house daily since our arrival on Sunday. Yesterday we ordered the following material to continue and finish the attic (mansard) :
- material to insolate the roof (it also absorbs noise, smell and humidity)
- white paint for the beams under the roof
- and the parquet flooring (white painted oak panels)
We also bought some spare paint for the main facade to paint over some spots and kids scrawl.
I have made lots of picures yet - not many from the house as there is nothing new - except some more mould in the basement (well, we need to speed up to finish) - but pictures from the area. The other night we saw Stromboli at sunset. But so far I have not figured out why I am not able to upload picures to my blog (and even to my emails). I am here at Angelo's laptop, all different and in Ialian.
I will be back soon with pics. Also from the inside of the house as CC and Angelo are right now there to prepare the wooden beams for the paint job.
Saluti della Calabria
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I sat down for a quick interview this week with the blog Hall Ready. Well – that’s not exactly the truth – I actually sat down with my computer and answered a few questions sent to me via email. Somehow pretending I was interviewed in a studio with lights and cameras sounds more romantic than just typing out a few quick answers.
Kate Shaw, a photographer, writes the blog Hall Ready which has a very interesting premise: it is dedicated to showing how best to show art in the home. Shaw writes about purchasing art, framing it, and hanging it. So naturally my interview centered around art in my home (of which I have very very little!)
Look Ma – no art!!!! Hall Ready ask me what was the newest piece of art work I had hanging in my house: it’s my antique French barometer purchased on 1st Dibs.
Antique mirror: Hall Ready asked me what was the artwork I’ve owned for the longest period of time. The answer is this mirror that once hung in my parents house.
To read the Cote de Texas interview on Art in the Home, go to Hall Ready HERE. Thanks Kate!!!
And don’t forget, Wednesday is the last day to enter the great DOXA Design Group giveaway. Go HERE for all the information on how to enter.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
A few months ago I was thrilled beyond words when House Beautiful named Cote de Texas as the “go-to blog” to read all about what they called “The Ruralists” design trend. Imagine being in the same company as Axel Vervoordt and Bobby McAlpine. It was enough to make my head swell about two sizes bigger! The buzzwords House Beautiful used to describe this design style are: handmade, pure, sophisticated, global country and miles of linen. Well, I do want to one day wrap myself up in miles and miles of pure linen – I can’t imagine anything better.
After the House Beautiful article, Jaime Rogers who runs the online marketplace DOXA Design Group, took note of the Ruralists designation. DOXA is a one stop shop for online purchasing of anything home decor related. What sets DOXA apart from other online sites is how the merchandise is presented. In order to simplify the process, DOXA has divided its goods into design categories. For instance, there are the other House Beautiful Trends categorized – such as The Glams, and The New Victorians. And there are Collections such as: Positano, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, and Upper East Side. Other sections are divided by color. Each section is filled with the merchandise that goes with that particular style. If you are looking to decorate a room in a “Glam” style – DOXA has gathered all the chairs, sofas, tables, mirrors, lamps, etc. that fit that particular style. I love to go to DOXA when I am working on a new design project and see what’s available under a certain style or color theme – it makes my job so much easier to have it all already organized! Here are a few of my favorite items from the new Ruralist Trend Collection on DOXA.
The Monarch Sofa Bench
Since the Ruralist Trend group is so new to DOXA, and in order to spread the word, DOXA is generously offering Cote de Texas readers a giveaway! In addition, 3 Fine Grains is also contributing to the giveaway. 3 Fine Grains is a wonderful Etsy shop owned by Kymberley Fraser that specializes in grain sack pillows, furniture and other goodies. DOXA will soon be carrying some of Kym’s merchandise in the Ruralist Collection. In order to see 3 Fine Grains merchandise, go HERE.
1. The Rules:
In order to enter the giveaway, simply go to DOXA Design Group HERE, pick out one item you would like for your own. Then, come back to this comment section at Cote de Texas and let me know which item you picked! It’s that simple. I’ll pick two winners, randomly.
2. The Giveaways:
There will be a first and second place winner.
The first place winner will receive a choice between an Antique Grain Sack or an Antique Grain Sack Pillow ($400 Value) and a $250 DOXA Home Gift Certificate.
The Second Place winner will receive a $100 DOXA Home Gift Certificate.
DOXA also offers interior design services. Check the web site for more information.
The contest closes at midnight this Wednesday, so hurry up and go to DOXA Design Group HERE, pick out your item, and leave me the comment. Good luck to everyone!!!!!
Additionally, DOXA is offering a discount to all CdT readers: For the next two weeks, on all orders over $500, there will be a 15% off discount. Use the code CDT15. And for more information about DOXA, please be sure to visit their blog HERE.
Lastly, Willow Decor, a design blog, has a great story about 3Fine Grains, to read it, go HERE.