Behind the Design with Carola Vannini

Carola Vannini is a talented Rome based architect whose designs are the true definition of timeless sophistication.  With a minimalistic yet elevated aesthetic, Carola has the ability to transform worn and dated interiors into timeless, elegant, dream worthy spaces.  Since discovering her work, I have spent a lot of time admiring her designs both on Instagram and on her own website.  I absolutely love how she uses backlighting to create beautiful lit from within interiors in a variety of spaces.  As an admirer of her work, I was very excited when she agreed to be a part of Stylishly Zen’s Behind the Design series:

  1. Did you always know that you wanted to work in architecture? Has it always been your passion?

I actually didn’t.  I never thought of being an architect before signing into my university classes.  It was a surprise for me to find out such an interesting world.
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  1. How would you describe your design esthetic?

I would describe it as a balance between ancient and contemporary minimalism.  My motto is “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and I totally believe so.

  1. Where do you find your inspiration from?

It depends on every peculiar case. I always adjust my taste to the environment I have to deal with and, of course, with the clients’ taste and needs.
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  1. What has been your most challenging project so far? Why was it so challenging?

It is definitely the one I am still working on at the moment. It is a new construction Barn House in Tuscany. A very big project that I had to design from scratch.  Now it is almost completed even though I am still working on the garden and landscape design of it.

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  1. What is your favourite project to date?

Among the completed ones, it is Navona Penthouse. I am very attached to that project because I had a great feeling with my clients and brought me a  lot of satisfaction when it got published on last April issue of AD Italia.

  1. How long does it take for you to normally complete a project?

From the design to the final step, I would say one year. But then, again, it depend on the case.
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  1. What is your favourite part about working in architecture?

The design part, where creativity can flow out of my head. Afterwords, the works themselves can get pretty stressing and tiring. Less creative and more practical.

  1. Any favourite travel destinations that you like to escape too?Why?

I really enjoy Greece, especially the small islands. But my heart is actually in Thailand. A little too far from me to escape there only for a few days though.
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  1. How would you describe the design style/esthetic in Italy?

There is always a cassic and elegant touch. No matter what, if you were born in Italy, you breath beauty since your first day of life and I truly believe that this effects us all. Not  only architects.

  1. Do you have a favourite type of project to work on (private/public)? Why?

 I mainly work on residential and I like it very much. I would really to go back to some public space design though, such as restaurants or hotels.
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  1. What wellness practices do you incorporate into your lifestyle to help you deliver such beautiful projects? (This can range from workouts, nutrition, meditation practice, etc)

I am a pilates and yoga fanatic. I really think that my daily workout is the best moment of my day; so useful for me to take a break and go back into myself. It helps me to face the rest of may time with much more energy and positive attitude.
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  1. Any words of wisdom for someone who is just starting out their design career?

Don’t give up your ideas for your clients’ ones. If you are really convinced that something is right that way, try to take them by hand and gently make them understand  your point.  You are the architect, right?
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Thank you for stopping by and special thanks to Carola for taking the time to participate in this month’s Behind the Design.  To see more of Carola’s work you can visit her website at http://www.carolavannini.com or check her out on Instagram @carolavannini

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images courtesy of Carola Vannini

Fresh Colour Palettes for the Holiday Season

Happy December Everyone!

I LOVE the holiday season!  While this year it feels like the holiday season came very quickly, I am still enjoying all of the ugly Christmas sweaters and cookie recipes that are currently flooding my Instagram account.  While I won’t be hosting a holiday meal this year, there are a few colour palettes that I am loving for the holiday season.  These colours work for both table settings and holiday fashion, enjoy!

Winter White

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There is something so beautiful about an all white outfit or table setting.  It is so simple and delicate yet a monochrome table setting or outfit has a lot of impact.  A touch of greenery on the table helps to tie the entire image together as in the picture above.  For an all white outfit it’s best to keep it simple.  A full white suit or white denim paired with white t-shirt are great ways to pull off this look without stressing about it.

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Pewter and Gold
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E45BE8F5-95E6-4127-B42F-C8F3CA2AFE32I love the look for pewter and gold together but it is a colour combination that is often overlooked.  When I came across the image above on Instagram the other day, I was once again reminded what a strong impact this colour combination can have.  Pewter toughens up the glamour of the gold just enough without overpowering it.  Whether featured on a table setting or combined in an outfit, this colour combination has staying power into 2020 and beyond.  I also love how black helps to anchor a table setting of pewter and gold, don’t be afraid to mix it up and play around with this colour combination.

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Pale Pink and Deep Red

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I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Images via http://www.pinterest.com, http://www.homestolove.co.nz, http://www.townandcountrymag.com, @aninebing, @figtny, @styleslusso, @nicolewarne, @lenaterlutter

Five Fashion Faves for Fall

Hi Everyone!

When it comes to fashion and style Fall is my favourite season.  It’s the season where beautifully textured fabrics and rich colours combine for some fabulous fashion.  Normally, my go to style for fall and winter is leggings, layers and chunky knits and this fall is no exception.  There are a few other trends though that have really captured my attention this season, trends that I have been and plan to incorporate into my wardrobe throughout fall and winter.  These trends don’t require a lot of effort or thought, yet they look great and can help step up anybody’s style game.  Some of my favourite style stars such as Aylin Keoing and Pernille Teisbek, have been demonstrating on Instagram over the past few months how to wear multiple trends at once, and the result is sooooooooo great!  Their looks are the perfect motivation (at least for me) to try to mix up my look a bit.  Here are my fashion faves for AW 19/20:

The Teddy Coat

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While this trend my seem a bit out out there for some people, Pernille Teisbeck demonstrates that this can be both casual or more upscale.  Depending on the fit of the teddy coat, the look can be sleek and elegant or casual and undone.  Both looks are gorgeous and the perfect way to stay warm when the temperature dips.

The Sweater Dress

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A sweater dress is not a new trend to fall fashion but this season the fit and the styling have really elevated a staple in many people’s fall wardrobes.  Oversized and paired with ankle booties, over the knee boots or even sneakers, the sweater dress is the perfect way to dress up without having to stress over your outfit.

Leather

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Leather looks amazing when paired with chunky knits,  Whether worn as leggings, pants, a skirt or even a leather blazer, leather (or faux leather) adds the perfect amount of edge to most outfits and can help your outfit go from bland to fab with very little effort.

Combat Boots

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With Daniel Lee at the helm, Bottega Veneta has been killing it in the fashion game.  While my love for their padded sandals is no secret, I have also been obsessing over their pouches and combat boots – it is all so FABULOUS!!!!!!!!  The combat boot is an especially great trend for fall and winter.  It adds a bit of edge to an outfit, while also being comfortable and practical for the colder weather.

The Oversized Blazer

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I have always been a blazer girl, so when I first saw Fall’s oversized blazer trend I was super excited.  Paired with leather or jeans, layers and combat boots this trend is versatile and wearable for many different styles and lifestyles.  In the past I have normally gravitated towards eye-catching wool blazers, but this season I am adding muted tones with a more masculine look to my wardrobe.  Paired with leather leggings and combat boots my look is set for the season!

What trends are you loving for fall and winter this year?  Let me know how you would style it in the comments below!

I hope that you have a fabulous day!  XXS

Photo Credits:

@newbottega, @stylegator, @rebelattitude, @pernilleteisbaek, http://www.pinterest.com, @streetrends, @statuslusso, @aylin_koening, @daily_style_fashion, @mdfhima

 

 

 

Five Faves

As this year (and this decade) wind down, it feels like the days are going faster and there have been more then a few moments where I am struggling to stay in the moment.  Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?  With two months left in 2019 my goal is to try and stay in the moment as much as possible, develop a deep breathing practice that I can actually stick to (I will keep you posted on how that goes), and work on things that actually make me happy such as this blog and decorating my apartment.  For now though, here are the five things that I am currently loving:

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It was love at first sight when I first saw this padded shoulder t-shirt on Instagram and the fact that it was sold out only made me want it more (clearly I am a marketer’s dream).  Despite the fact that it is ridiculously expensive for a t-shirt, I signed up for the waitlist and immediately ordered it when it (finally!) came back into stock. The quality is fantastic and it fits really well.  As basic as this t-shirt may seem to some, it makes me really happy and I love wearing therefore making it my perfect t-shirt.

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While I haven’t seen every episode, I occasionally enjoy watching My Next Guest with David Letterman.  While scrolling thru Netflix the other day though, I came across his most recent special featuring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and I nearly screamed with excitement.  While I rarely have an opportunity to enjoy a Bollywood movie, like many other people on this planet Shah Rukh Khan is one of my favourite actors – he is just so damn cool!  The interview was fantastic as he is charismatic, humble, articulate and interesting.  I highly encourage you to check out this special to see just why this man is one of the most famous actors on the planet even if you have never heard of him before this.

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This cashew butter is a recent discovery for me and it is safe to say that I am hooked.  Made in small batches, Logan Petit Lot’s mission is to offer new twists on classic flavours of nut butters.  Cashew Coffee is by far my favourite and I enjoy a spoonful on top of my chia pudding every morning.  It has minimal ingredients, taste great and I love the fact that it is locally made – a win win in my opinion.

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I have heard a lot about a lot of the benefits of positive thinking and yes I have read The Secret in the hopes that it would help me to shift my mindset and put me on a more positive path.  Needless to say I find it a struggle to keep a positive and focused mindset all of the time and I tend to fall off of the proverbial bandwagon fairly often.  When I heard about Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book though, I was willing to give the whole attracting your dreams to you concept another try.  I have not yet finished reading it, but so far it is an enjoyable read that offers a number of tools to help you to attract what you want into your life.  This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put in the effort, but this book helps you to become more self aware.  I am by no means willing to say that I am some success story, aside from greater self awareness I don’t think that there has been any other shifts in my life at the moment.  But even if the only thing that I get from this book is greater self awareness I will be happy that I read this book.

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I have been in love Eye Swoon’s Athena Calderone’s New York home from the moment that I saw it.  It has since been profiled (along with Athena herself) in a few major publications including Architectural Digest and Porter magazine.  I recently came across this image of her living room on Pinterest and I once again fell in love with this space as it is chic and modern, yet comfortable and cool.  Athena has managed to strike just the right balance of fabulous throughout her home.  This picture along with many others of the home are on my vision board to help motivate me to capture the same vibe and perfect balance in my own home.

Thank you for stopping by today, let me know what you are loving this month in the comments below!  XXS

Images via http://www.frankieshop.com, netflix.com and http://www.pinterest.com

 

Inspring Interior

Hi Everyone!

Maybe it’s the season, but lately I have really been feeling the need to nest and get my home comfortably decorated for the winter.  My winter plans include spending a lot of time hibernating indoors and I want to make sure that my place is warm, welcoming and comfortable.  I was scouring magazines and online sites looking for inspiration when I came across today’s Inspiring Interior.

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Actress Lea Michele is well known for her role on Glee and her gorgeous voice.  Her recently listed LA home is just as stunning as the actress herself.  With four bedrooms and four bathrooms this light and spacious home is both welcoming and chic.

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Just under 3200 square feet, this home would be perfect for all types of residents including families, couples or even a solo dweller like me.

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Marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, a pivoting glass door, light colour palette, textured accents and large fireplace all help to give this home a charming yet modern vibe.

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The outdoor area features a pool and a covered area to relax and enjoy the beautiful LA weather.  Overall this house is warm, welcoming, spacious and chic which is exactly the vibe that I would like to bring into my own home.

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I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Photo Credit:www.dwell.com