Unusual | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

I planned to go to a vintage wine bar with a group of friends and asked them to meet me at the corner of….across from…. ,we will walk there together.
We got closer to the wine bar and someone surprisingly though I was taking the group to a church. The unusual façade, is in fact an architectural salvage from a gothic chapel. Inside, it is a very modern wine tasting room and hopefully we will pray to the best wines and best fun.
(Click on each photo to view it larger).

Not too far from there, if one needs to breathe some fresh air after the wines, can take a seat in the unusual  street living room fitted with a real functioning fireplace. In the winter days, when it doesn’t rain, sitting there soaking the feeble sun rays is cozy and warm.

(Below: Street fireplace in the street living room)

The lizard is an unusual fountain shooting a thin stream of water down instead of up.

Sitting at the round benches, surrounded by a nice vegetation, one can watch the exotic lizards playing with water in another unusual fountain.

The unusual large shells spout water in clay basins. What do they do on a white mosaic, kitchen counter like square box? They should have been on a beach vignette spouting water on a mermaid.

I would love to know why the Left Bank, a French restaurant chose a fat chef riding a pig for their sign. Such an unusual choice, but very fun. Somehow, when I see this sign, I think of their food as homey, traditionally French and country good.

The usual flat blue, clear sky of Northern California has nothing unusual. Hardly, we have clouds or colors in the sky, it’s a bit boring to photograph, but at least we have a spectacular weather.

This is Santana Row, South of San Francisco, designed as a European fashionable street with shopping-dining at the street, expensive lofts and apartments up above. It has been designed with nature in mind, that’s the reason of so much lush vegetation and symbols of nature.

During the day, leisure women do their best to spend free time there. Night crawler people and single women looking for exiting adventures crawl the streets and drinking joints in the evenings. The first few years of its existence, the place was quite deserted and stores could not make it. In fact, I decorated a beautiful shoe store, carrying European stylish shoes and closed in six months’ time due to lack of customer traffic. Now, Santana Row it’s an unusual busy place, very different from any American shopping centers, people seem to enjoy every bit of this European street feel, away from Europe. Life is good. Ciao,

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


As 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. Color is the focus of my business today, changing people’s energy and life force just by introducing them to colors they would have never imagined. Vogue Italia magazine, Gentry and many prominent magazines in California featured my work, I appeared on RAI, National Italian T.V. and nonetheless my story continues. Find copies of my book on colors ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors  and  the rest of my  books on

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