Tie It Or Let It Flow | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

What is home decorating? Most people would think of furniture, accessories and colors. In my world, decorating is much more than that. Decorating is creating a vision, a personal style. It is about layering textures, dimension and asymmetric lines. Decorating is also about knowing how to relate to the environment outside the door. Train your eyes to see your surroundings, look at the color in the nature, accent what is out there and bring that beauty in a mixed bag inside the home. The view outside the windows most likely will affect a few choices for your interior décor. That was my intention when I chose this curtain with chiffon roses for this sliding door.  I wanted the beautiful outdoor setting to come inside this bedroom. (Click on this photo to view it larger).

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Window treatments are not called window coverings any more, because they are not made exclusively to cover, but to reveal the environment. Window treatments can block the sun and can block the light when you need more sleep; they can give you privacy and can also provide more insulation to save energy, but mostly are designed to create magical atmospheres. They are supposed to add fantasy, beauty and whimsy to your interior.

My inspiration for window treatments comes from anywhere. I like to create transparencies and games of textures with fabrics and experimenting with unusual solutions. I am not afraid to decorate a window with lot of sheer fabrics of different colors touching a heavily distressed wall, or to have silks in industrial looking rooms. A traditional room can very well host a modern style window treatment for a dynamic atmosphere.

Did you know that the fashion industry is the first to dictates new trends in home décor, as well as in cars designs and everything else that involves our life?  Home transparencies came about when a few years ago, fashion designers invented the lingerie effect in clothing, using soft layers over soft textures to create dimensions. Window treatments, which carry the same concept of layering fabrics, layering colors and textures also makes a personalized home. Do you want to leave your window treatments loose to allow your curtains to flow freely in the soft breeze when you leave the windows open or do you want to tie them back as usual? If you choose to tie them back choices are numerous.

(photos via Pinterest – Credits given to the respective owners)

Style is the ability to combine ensembles of ideas in a such a way that people perceive it as creative and original. In decorating a home you must experiment with your emotions and create your own vision. People might call you extravagant and eccentric, so what?! It would be better than being banal, normal and have a common place to return to. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

FedoraHatStampAs a designer in business since 1990, I am interested in helping people designing their interior and exterior spaces with an overall feeling of peace, relaxation and harmony that will draw them home eagerly.
I am always looking to add that special touch with original findings to the spaces I design. Featured on Vogue Italia magazine, Gentry and many prominent magazines in California, appeared on RAI, National Italian T.V., my stories continues. Find copies of my three books on
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  1. frangrinels
    May 09, 2016 @ 21:57:15

    Hi Valentina,

    I am writing you to see if while you are on your trip to Puglia, if you might be able to help me. Do you visit the Ostuni studio of Giuseppe Roma, the artist that hand carves wooden spoons from olive wood? I was in Puglia last month and while in Ostuni I met Giuseppe Roma in his studio. I bought one right-handed stirring spoon as a gift for a friend. After carrying it around in my suitcase for a few weeks, I decided I really wanted one for myself. Before leaving Puglia, I made a trip to Ostuni to buy a left-handed stirring spoon for myself, but the studio of Signore Roma was closed—probably for an early lunch break, but I was unable to wait. I have his address: Sig. Giuseppe Roma Via Bixio Continelli nr. 107 72017 Ostuni (Br) Italy If you plan to go to his studio, I am hoping you could ask him how I might be able to buy a left-handed stirring spoon of olive wood from him, pay him, and have it shipped to me in Cupertino, California.

    Maybe, you know a place that carries his olive wood spoons that I could buy from on line?

    If you have no suggestions for me, don’t worry, I know I have little chance of getting a spoon of his, but if he is not on your shopping list while in Puglia, I highly recommend you visit him!

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog!

    Fran Grinels Fran Grinels Design (Jewelry) >

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    • Valentina
      May 10, 2016 @ 04:04:31

      Fran, thank you for letting me know about Giuseppe Roma. I am not sure what my trip manager has planned for my group at this time, perhaps we will go to Ostuni and I hope to be lucky not to find Sig.Giuseppe’s store closed. In any case you will hear from me in a few days. Thank you,
      Valentina

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  2. Valentina
    May 12, 2016 @ 14:23:46

    Fran, we will not be going to Ostuni during this trip. I suggest you to write him a letter, it will be easier to reach him that way. His olive wood spoons are gorgeous.
    I looked olive wood spoons up on the internet, they are cute, but not as beautiful as Giuseppe’s spoons, he puts his heart into his work. I hope you get them. Salute.

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