Tuesday, May 18, 2010

La Contessa


Up close & personal


"La Contessa has collected most of her life.  She would hunt with her Mother at a very young age for the rusted and unusual.  She had the good fortune to travel the world before the Italian husband appeared.  After  marriage and two beautiful sons were born they had the opportunity to live outside FLORENCE. ITALY. 

FLORENCE got under the skin of the Contessa, because she adored the antiquity and charm of the ancient city.  Honestly, there were not enough hours in the day to explore and take it all in!  When the time came to go back to the United States the Contessa arrived at the airport after all her belongings had been shipped with 18 pieces of luggage, two dogs, two cats and two sons!!  To this day Italian music and European like people influence the music, moods and the moves she takes.  And her home and shop reflect that".





















 (Sorry for the poor quality but you get the picture :)
 
During the tour she showed me her husband's office which was lined with these gorgeous photos... all framed exactly the same.   Over the years she has surprised him with one every Father's Day.  I was so taken with them that I asked if I could take pictures and she obliged.  You know that question that gets posed every so often...  If there was a fire and you could grab only a few items what would you grab?


Tomorrow... La Contessa's Tuscan Villa!
       

17 comments:

Karena said...

Therese what a lovely timeline of images! Beautiful....

Karena

Art by Karena

Tricia Rose said...

The boys grow taller and more handsome, and the Contessa doesn't change a bit!

Kathysue said...

terri, La Contessa looks and sounds like a verrry interesting lady. Look forward to hearing more about her and her surroundings, Kathysue

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

La Contessa looks like a gal after my own heart!

Wonderful post, Therese!

Hugs,
Anne

Knicky Knacks said...

How beautiful. We've started doing the same with our children although we are at the beginning of their young lives. Look forward to seeing the progress in our photos that adorn our walls as each new year approaches.

Debby Lee said...

She just seems like the coolest person ever! Can't wait to see more. xo

The Zhush said...

This peak into La Contessa's life is so fun!

lisa golightly said...

Looking forward to more ... where is her shop ? XO

FrenchBlue said...

How wonderful is she!?!? What a special lady. I love what she does for her husband on Father's Day every year:)
XO

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

It's so nice to have portraits done. I have long periods of time where there are very few photos of me. Of course that all changed with the camera explosion. I find that now I have to carry a fan with me to keep myself off of people's Facebook pages. Drives me nuts when they don't ask. (I know. Do I really live in the modern world?) Looking forward to more about La Contessa.
Catherine

Hamptontoes said...

Without a quesiton, I'd grab my photo albums or thumbdrive! My photos are my treasures!

La Petite Gallery said...

This Contessa is my kind of lady. The photo's are beautiful.

Theresa Cheek said...

Stop dangling the carrot! Bring on the villa!!!!!!!

joanny said...

Lovely Lady --Lucky Lady she was more beautiful with each passing year -- Love her hats, too, I am a hat kind of gal myself.

Thanks for posting -- Your photos are wonderful and you always seem to do a really good post on human interest stories about the charming people you encounter in your daily journeys. Such a life you have there.

Joanny

amy @ mango + palm said...

What a wonderful idea!

I lived in Florence for a few years and, no matter how long I've been gone, it always feels like home. :)

Mermaid Glass said...

Oh, I love this timeline of photos!

Privet and Holly said...

My heart is so touched by these photographs.
What an amazing idea. And a fabulous record of the years gone by.
Wish I'd thought about it!!!
Lovely!
xx P&H