One Day In Napa | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Design

Moving away from the chaotic metropolitan area feels very good, I can already taste the pleasure of wines. Leaving behind the super crowded freeway and slipping down a country road feels even better. Nature starts to feel real and aromatic. The sound of the wine train that takes visitors from one vineyard to another reminds me very much of the local train in Puglia of many years ago with the beautiful round and imposing façade of an old smokey locomotive. The train greets us in the wine valley. Life here starts to appear slower and not marked by time, the only time that really needs to be marked is the harvest of the grapes.

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Sattui Winery


Locomotive wine train

Locomotive wine train

It’s so nice to see long stretches of land planted with vineyards, everything is so lush and bucolic. I start to see the Mediterranean style homes the old Italian emigrants preferred, and old Victorian-style homes built before 1887, wrought iron on doors and gates, wine barrels everywhere as decorative items of stores and vineyards.

The air is sultry, of course, it’s a valley away from the sea breeze. Grapes don’t like winds or an abrupt change of weather, they like it hot and calm.


Napa View

Napa Vineyards


Middle-class people inhabit the outskirt of the wine valley, they are mostly workers of the vineyards, homes are down to earth and convenience stores serve them. The change in lifestyle is immediately noticeable when approaching the fancy vineyard establishments where people go for wine tasting and shopping for high-class or imported food. Here, days go by tasting wines, eating specialty food, and international variety of cheeses. I think that’s the reason people are so relaxed here. Life is easier when it is not stuck in the same groove.


Mid-Day Sultriness



Napa Historic Building


The views are beautiful, no matter what. St.Helena is very posh, art stores, tourist shops, boutiques, and decorating shops cater to sophisticated people. Prices and originality are very high, I love to discover them all, at least I get my eyes filled with creativity.
This Italian original wine press is from around the 1700s, I would love to have it for my garden, next to my Bacchus’s face hanging on the wall.



Home décor stores appeal to me more than anything else. In this store, the atmosphere is dark and minimalist. It displays home items generally a family with kids will not choose to have. The furniture here is theatrical and very playful.


Store Display

What do you do with a metal mannequin dressed in a cotton funky dress or with a rusted bucket and a thick rope spilling out? Nothing, they are nice details that make you wonder. The stone wall behind the bucket gives that natural character, in fact, stones, and metal are two elements found in nature. Between the 1950s-70s a lot of homes had stone interior walls as an accent, then builders got away from using stones and started to build homes without characters, resembling more like shoe boxes.



This table is set for people who like to converse on intelligent topics, while they are sipping a lot of wine and eating small morsels of food, that’s the way I imagine it. It’s dark, minimalist, metal plates, golden tone flatware, glass top table, tall back wicker chairs, but I don’t think a lot of eating is happening here. This décor is suited for single people, high rollers, definitely not for a family with kids.



I love this swivel chair, it feels like a seed pod.


Flag Swivel Chair

Flag Swivel Chair

I was intrigued by these bergère chairs, they feel very baroque in style, except the legs are too short and the backs too high. They have been revisited in a modern key.



Napa Store

What I am trying to prove with this post is that an interior décor style must fit your lifestyle, otherwise, as beautiful or posh it might be, you will never feel comfortable in it. I will be happy to help you find your style. Ciao,


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Valentina Cirasola transforms and creates spaces realizing people’s dreams in homes, offices, interiors, and exteriors. She infuses your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. Valentina is well-known for bringing originality on any project and for thinking outside the box. Her interiors are not made with cookie cutters, they only follow the client’s inspiration, lifestyle, and personality. She offers online design consultations through Skype or Zoom and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world.  She is the author of five books.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    May 11, 2020 @ 04:41:43

    I enjoyed your interesting pictures and thoughts, Valentina.



  2. Teagan R. Geneviene
    May 10, 2020 @ 19:55:05

    What fun, Valentina! I never thought about a train going from one vineyard to another for wine tasting. I’m captivated by the idea. I enjoyed this virtual daytrip with you. The historic Free Mason’s building looks unique in its colors and style. I went inside the one in Alexandria, VA (DC) when I lived there. It was very intriguing, just looking (we didn’t get a tour). Marble everywhere, and echoes. There is a photo here
    I expect the one you photographed has a lot more charm and personality. Thank you for the tour. Hugs on the wing.



    • Valentina
      May 10, 2020 @ 20:07:58

      Teagan, the wine train is a memorable experience through various vineyards and wine tasting of different productions. A few years ago, the train was remodeled in the 1920s Liberty style, it is very classy and elegant. The attendants are in livery and white gloves. Champagne is a must on board. I returned many times on board of the wine train for Halloween too.



  3. Oh, the Places We See
    May 09, 2020 @ 13:53:28

    Love all these photos, but the one of the store display made me go back again. You’ve really honed in on some great places and pictures!



  4. cindy knoke
    May 09, 2020 @ 04:29:55

    Just such a wonderful eclectic collection of NoCal! Thank you.



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