Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Casa in Capri

I came across this idyllic "casa" while visiting one of my favorite blogs, Gervais de Bedee, yesterday.

I felt like I had escaped for a moment in time to the island of Capri.

One of the things I love about blogs is finding one that resonates with you and connects you to their world.

In this case, having a glimpse into Paul Gervais de Bedee's life is truly a fantasy world full of beauty and amazing places, villas, gardens, food and people in and around Lucca, Italy where he calls the Villa Massei home.

"Paul Gervais is a critically acclaimed writer, painter, landscape designer and intrepid explorer of life's pathways - particularly those involving a garden."

This little Capri casa is the holiday residence of friends of his from Lucca that was once the home of Raffaele La Capria, the Neapolitan author.

The casa is carved out of a rocky  mountain and therefore has windows only on one side.

This vignette serves as a "shrine" to the author, La Capria, whose typewriter still sits on the desk he left behind when he sold the casa to Paul's friends 15 years ago.

Treasures abound in this tiny island abode.

I was completely charmed and mesmerized by this casa and found myself scrolling up and down this post for the longest time taking in all the  little details of a life lived in such a place called Capri.

When I was done, I felt relaxed and happy.

I wanted to share it with you too, so I emailed Paul Gervais de Bedee and asked if I might post about it on La Dolfina.

He responded, of course, please go ahead and share!

So I hope you enjoyed a glimple of a casa in Capri  as much as I did!

To experience the world of Gervais de Bedee click here and here.

And please tell Paul I said "Ciao"

I will leave you with these final images of a 19th century gouche of the Grotta Azzura,

a still life of shells,

a Capri cliff,

and a shadow box of "Capri life."

 I would love to know, have you ever been to Capri?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Making it personal

Earlier this summer while enjoying a day at my local flea market I came across this cool metal emblem that I initially thought belonged to a vintage car.

But, the name Ariel together with the trident made me think that it might have been on a boat. 

A few spaces down yielded a classic red LL Bean Bag and the idea of riveting the emblem to the bag was born!

It has been my "go to" tote all summer long and I love how I was able to personalize it and make it uniquely my own.

And speaking of making it personal...

Check out what I saw at the thrift store this afternoon!

Not one, but TWO, amazing vintage wing back chairs that look very similar to those currently selling at Restoration Hardware.  

It was so tempting to drag them home and make them personal :)

What are you up to this weekend?


Monday, August 20, 2012

A new treasure for the laundry room

I couldn't resist bringing this home the other day...

and didn't think it would look this good in my little laundry closet.

But both the laundry fairy and I really love it!

What do you think?
Should I keep it?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Just wanting to make you smile today...