Friday, May 21, 2010

La cucina famigliare


La Contessa's Kitchen & Garden

( click twice for up-close detail )

Take it all in...  as there is a lot to see!


No Italian kitchen would be complete without an espresso machine.


Love the quirky refrigerator with the wonderful basket on top






A chef's kitchen


I hear the Italian husband is a wonderful cook!


Love this detail



The door to the pantry


A peek inside... the pantry/laundry room complete with matching chandeliers






The bar, just off the kitchen



Love how they store the glassware!





Some refreshment is in order before we stroll about the contessa's garden



This cozy sitting nook is off to the right in front of the cabinet of glassware.



The dining space complete with farm table



I can imagine the fabulous meals and conversations that have taken place in this inviting space
 

The Contessa takes us into her secret garden...


where the vignettes continue outside...


Here she is explaining that the Italian husband had finally wired the chandelier from the tree branch.



Considering that this Tuscan Villa is in California and not Italy...


I was blown away by the size and privacy it afforded the Contessa and her Italian husband.


Even more so when I discovered that they had created this personal paradise with their own two hands and sweat equity!



We followed the Contessa down The Spanish Steps, 


and over the bridge of sighs...


as we took in the vistas, vignettes and vines that made up her secret garden.








The Contessa and her Italian husband have recently started to cultivate their own vegetable garden.









arrivo?





My Mom raises her glass, grateful to have spent a few hours in the Contessa's idyllic world


The best part is that we garnered an invitation to dinner on Memorial Day Weekend!!


Next up... the boudoir!

29 comments:

cjsullivan133 said...

Intoxicating!! Woo-whoo! I'm the first to post!!
Great photo's and story-telling Terri. I want to sit in her kitchen.. Going to slowy re-visit your great pictures.

ashlina {the decorista} said...

wow! that is intoxicating. i love it. looks like you had a blast. i adore the keep calm and carry on poster peeking out in the background...
thanks for sharing the photos terri...
have a beautiful weekend my love. XOOXO big hugs.

FrenchBlue said...

Terri,
It looks like you and your Mom went through the rabbit hole~~ Lucky girls! How fun, fabulous & inspiring!
XO

Nance Harper said...

It is all beautiful...but the mirror on the tree was so creative. I live in a loft, so no trees...now I am longing for a tree with a mirror !

1 Funky Woman said...

I don't think I closed my mouth the whole time I was reading! I so want to sit in her kitchen and drink espresso! What an amazing Treasure House! You and your mother are so lucky to be attending a Memorial Day Dinner! You will def. have to do a post on that. Take lots of pictures!

Tricia Rose said...

That certainly is living abundantly! what a larger-than-life (enhancing) woman!

Beach House Living said...

Goodness it looks like a bed and breakfast place instead of a private home. It must have been a wonderful time...Well, according to your Mom it was.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

What character! So inviting, and so lovely. I bet you could look around for hours! xx

Kathysue said...

I can tell this is a lady that lives life to its fullest!! Her garden is amazing, Kathysue

Lumo said...

Oh, my... I am slowly but surely getting jealous - you really get to visit amazing places!

Debby Lee said...

She is the coolest lady ever! Her house is like strolling through a vintage boutique. I wouldn't want to leave. xo

Jen said...

The gardens are just wonderful. The house looks like an antique store not a private home. Too much for me. Cleaning it would be a nightmare, but I would love to shop there.

Theresa Cheek said...

So much to take in! I covet the pulcinella hat! She has had a wonderful life....just look at all the treasures she surrounds herself with.

La Petite Gallery said...

You really put your heart in this post..AWESOME..yvonne

koralee said...

How totally enchanting...I love that kitchen! I love the personality it has. Hugs and thanks for sharing! xoxox

My Grama's Soul said...

I adored this post......the uniqueness and the playfullness of the owner knocked my socks off!!!

Loved it all!

Jo

Jen said...

What an A M A Z I N G space! The yellow walls and the mirror on the tree are my faves!! Cheers to you and your mom! Happy Weekend to you both!!

splendid market said...

Too fabulous. I love all of the details. Adding La Dolfina to the Splendid Market blogroll!!

Elizabeth said...

Now that is a kitchen!!!! I could easily see myself spending hours cooking in it and chatting with friends. I would kill for that wolf stove and the espresso machine!
Thank you for taking so many great photos, so that we can all drool over the Contessas kitchen:)

The Plush Pad/The Adorned Life said...

GORGEOUS! What a treat! By looking at these photos, I just feel relaxed. It's like another world.
Have a blast Memorial Day Weekend! I bet it'll be fabulous. xoxo

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Absolutely charming and gorgeous! What a treat for you and your Mom. Looks like so much fun. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

This is just glorious!
I love the use of yellow here, just perfect.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
Anne

shari @ little blue deer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pics, as always! I LOVE your virtual tours! That yellow kitchen is wonderful, but my very favorite thing out of all of these is the mirror on the tree! A mirror on a tree! Love!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Just catching up Terri! Love La Contessa and the Hen House. What a great peek into her home and learning more about her!!! Fun!

my favorite and my best said...

fabulous!!!!!!

Cashon&Co said...

That yellow just makes me happy to look at, so I can imagine how happy it makes you feel when you are actually in that room. Love the double chandeliers in the pantry. What a great day xoxo

pretty pink tulips said...

What a place! Great tour! Love the garden....and good for you on scoring that invite!!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Wow! Talk about a feast for the eyes...bet you all did have the best time enjoying this day! Wonderful tour!!!

Mermaid Glass said...

It's so wonderful to see that someone is living the life I envision for myself. The gardens alone left me speechless. Congrats to lucky you!