I am Valentina, Italian born, in Bari the capital of Puglia region. I was born into a family of artists, designers and food connoisseurs.
When I moved away from my family and started to cook for myself out of necessity, it was as if by miracle, all those years watching, eating and tasting translated to doing.
I recalled the perfection how every dish was supposed to look and taste. Watching my family and eating good food every day, gave me the expertise of a professional chef.
I had a funny episode in my cooking life and the only one of this kind: once, I cooked spaghetti without adding water in the pot and of course it was as if I had started fire crackers in my kitchen.
Gino Cassano, a life time friend says:
“She is a creative master in the art of living who makes little distinction between work and play”.
I am a curious person, interested in a variety of subjects, the reason why my life is a continuous evolvement of colorful events. I am an avid, passionate cook, avid reader, speak four languages and a world trotter.
I also take interest in cuisines of the world and I am especially interested in food in the history.
Today, living in America, among many things, I teach cooking from my Region of Puglia, spreading lightheartedness and joy, while passing my notions of good life and health through good eating.
I firmly believe that: “Puglia’s food will keep you young longer than you want to”. The people of my land are long-lived, they are my inspiration.
I had fun writing Italian cultural cookbooks while still doing what I love: designing homes!
My main profession in fact is in interior designing with a special focus upon Kitchens. What a better designer than the ones who cooks! My passions are showing up in every aspects of my life.
I have been in business as a certified interior designer since 1990, working in my company Valentina Interiors & Designs and have served a variegated group of fun people in Europe and in United States. To remodel homes and to turn unattractive spaces into castles is the specialty of my business, but to design kitchens and wine grottos is my love, as you can imagine. Those are the rooms of a home that make people feel good.
One of the most fundamental area in people’s lives is the HOME. Home is where people return to relax; a place that props anyone up in time of crisis. It is the center of everything and a lot of the answers to questions of life are there. In simple words, I would have to say that I am harmonizing people’s lives by finding their excellence, creating their energy and adding beauty, while designing their palates too.
I have loved my profession for so long and never have given signs of wanting to quit.
It was the right time to write a book for the design field, therefore ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors was born. It is a book on the subject of colors and how colors affects us in life.
Author of two Italian regional cuisine books:
Book #1 – ©Come mia Nonna – A Return To Simplicity
published by OutskirtsPress, Nov. 26, 2009.
Book #2 – ©Sins of A Queen – Italian Appetizers and Desserts
published by OutskirtsPress, Dec. 14, 2010.
Book #3 on the subject of colors – ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
published by OutskirtsPress, Sept. 28, 2012.
I will be busy for the next few years writing my collection of books. The next one will be on the subject of ©Home From A To Z and Beyond, a design book I am longing to add to people’s library and ©Bring Nature In, both in the making. Stay tuned, they might be released simultaneously soon.
There are also a few ebooks in my literary plans and a few teleseminars.
Visit my design site: http://www.Valentinadesigns.com
Visit my design blog: https://valentinaexpressions.com/category/home-designs-master
Welcome to my world. Benvenuti nel mio mondo.
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