Collier Art | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What is a Collier? It is an old French word that usually refers to a piece of bulky and imposing jewelry necklace.
Not too long ago, a collier was worn together with earrings, a bracelet, and a ring all in the same style and colors, with the same precious stones. This coordinated ensemble was called a Parure.
Women wearing a parure wanted to show off the family wealth, their knowledge of fashion and appear well put together. I am sure the Queen of England has many parures in her secured vaults.
The social revolution of the ’60s pushed away many strict dressing rules, the matchy-matchy jewelry was one of those rules and in fact, today matching everything to the letter is considered a bit of a kitschy custom.

Seven years ago, I created my own line of custom-made colliers with colorful yarn. Just as always happens, I make something for me and wear it, then people want it. I remember a funny episode that happened to me in the street. A woman spotted me because I was wearing a very extravagant collier, she followed me to a cafe’.
I noticed her in the street following me and noticed her in the cafe’ staring at me, but I really didn’t want to make any fuss, until she asked permission to sit with me. She introduced herself and asked me at once where I had bought that piece of decoration hanging from my neck that really struck her fancy. To make a long story short, she bought it literally from my neck and left my outfit undecorated. In my purse, I carry the square device to take credit card payments, just in case I meet impulsive buyers like her and the purchase was made. She became my best client.

In my creations with yarn, fabrics, beads, glass and various embellishments my neckwarmers look like jeweled colliers and have two functions: keep the neck warm and embellish the clothes.
It is a nice alternative to a scarf, a fun and colorful way to play with accessories.

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Colliers Collection

©Colliers Collection by Valentina Cirasola


Fantasy Collier Ochre

©Fantasy Collier Ochre by Valentina Cirasola


Gray Collier

©Gray Collier by Valentina Cirasola


Every year I produce fun pieces, they don’t’ stay in y stock for very long. Now, I present my colliers at trade fairs and various exhibitions. Link to Etsy if you want to see what I do. Ciao,


Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Val in a Hat Shop

Valentina Cirasola is a trained fashion-interior designer and author, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She is the forthcoming author of a book on fashion subject: ©So Chic, So Stylish, due to be published March 2020. Get a copy of her books here: Barnes&Nobles:


A New Book Is On The Horizon | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer


RED-A Voyage Into Colors

RED-A Voyage Into Colors

The second version of my book on the subject of colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors (2019) will be republished and on the market very soon.

My previous publisher with whom I published the first version of this book in 2012 has asked me to raise his earning percentage on my sales to 50%. This is an absurd request, it would double the price of the book, making it unsellable. I refused to comply and as a result of it, the book was made “temporarily not available” on Amazon for many months.
I got discouraged for a while and tried to find a solution to return my book back on the market quickly, but books are not fritters and life gets in the way.

Today, with all the online opportunities, I thought it would be better to republish it on my own, as I have done already with a couple of books. I decided to divorce my previous publisher and place the ball in my court. I have worked on the second edition of ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors for a few months, added better information, better photographs, and eliminated what was not current anymore.

The first version was a hardcover, 135 pages, filled with my photographs. I thought of reducing the number of photos to lower the price, but then I remembered how hard it was to read a couple of books by other authors on the subject of colors and no photos to stop and ponder. It was hard to take. My new second version of this book will be softcover, smaller in size, with almost the same amount of pages and still filled with my photos. It will be available in paper format, and shortly after its publication will be available also as a Kindle and audio versions.

Right now, I am finishing up a few details, it is a matter of a few days and the new version will be out. Stay tuned.
“Creativity is the greatest form of rebellion.”



Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina with short hairValentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books so far, a blogger of many years and a storyteller. She has conceived a few new books of various subjects to which she is working simultaneously. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. A couple of years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host and she produces shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion. Find Valentina Design Universe TV here:
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Posing For A Fantasy Collection | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

I learned to crochet at the age of fourteen with my grandmama who taught me only two stitches, how to start and how to end a piece of work. I never thought so many moons later I would be still creating and presenting my work at professional trade fairs. My grandmama told me to learn any art and put it aside, one never knows in life…
Throughout my life, I have been a sponge for learning new art, new trade, new skills, and studying subject after subject, I guess that makes me a lifetime student.

Today, I see a shape, it doesn’t matter what it is glass, metal or ceramic, and I want to create my new crochet piece to evoke that shape. I see a fabric color mix or a design on cloth and I want to reproduce it with my own twist. Everything is a good source of inspiration. A lot of my pieces have sold as modern art for home décor,  and for fashion to wear. One piece is never reproduced twice, just can’t, I work without a pattern and I have no desire to spend the same amount of time twice to make a copy, I rather make something new and original instead.

This is my new collection for Autumn/Winter. Etsy is my store online, where I display many items even different than fashion, such as wood pens made of exotic wood, blank cards made from my photography and much more. In the next three months, I will be exhibiting in various local trade fairs in my area.

Grey Black Lame' Poncho

Grey Black Lame’ Poncho – SOLD


Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap

Purple Cheddar Shoulder Wrap –


Soft Colors Circles Cardigan

Soft Colors Circles Cardigan –


Purple-Multicolor Poncho

Purple-Multicolor Poncho –


Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers

Beige Sweater Red-Yellow Flowers – SOLD


Crazy Duster

Crazy Duster –


Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap

Blue-Sea Foam Shoulder Wrap –

This is a new crochet era, of course, there are many people making traditional crochet and many more like to explore new horizons. The important thing is to keep creating and expressing ourselves. Many updates of new items will come from now to December. Ciao,


Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val in a Hat Shop

Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. She produces her own line of clothing and accessories and designs custom outfit for special occasions when her clients requested it. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of five books.
Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors
or all others on Barnes&Nobles


A Ghost In The Kitchen Book Launch

Author and friend Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene this week is launching her new novel “A Ghost In The Kitchen”.

Her book launch is unusual and fun. She is taking all the participants helping her in the launch on a trolley, touring Savannah, Georgia. With the group, Teagan will be waiting for me on the bluff above the Riverwalk. The foundations of some of these buildings date back to the late 1700s, the author says.

Now that I have learned about Savannah, this historical part of the American East Coast, I want to go there and learn some more. I read that in the 1950s, many of Savannah’s historically and architecturally significant buildings were demolished until seven local women stepped up and formed the Historic Savannah Foundation to keep, preserve and restore the old buildings once lived by real families who made their marks there. Many of the Savannah historic homes have been converted into museums, restaurants or inns and are open to the public.
It seems that Savannah is one of the most haunted places in the area, and very appropriate for Teagan’s subject of her new novel Ghost In The Kitchen“. The Book is about a kitchen mystery, where a 1920’s flapper Pip is learning to cook with her grandmama…..but there is some king of supernatural going on…

Back to Teagan’s launch party, take a look at her books, she is a creative novelist and she writes fantasy stories. She is on Amazon.

A Ghost In The Kitchen

A Ghost In The Kitchen


So many books to read, don’t let time slip away. Happy reading. Ciao,

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Val in a Hat Shop

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian interior-fashion designer in business since 1990. She is passionate about colors and all expressive arts, including books, literature, music, and theatre. She is a “colorist”. To her, suggesting expressive art means to share the best energy with her clients/friends and nourish their soul. She trots the world and loves writing travel notes, from which she draws inspiration to design her interiors. She is the author of her book on the subject of colors: ©Red-A Voyage Into Colors.
All other books of her collection are on Barnes&Nobles  as well.

One Day In Geneva | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

It’s midnight, dark, winter and cold, I want to take a walk on a long straight street and smoke a cigarette. Geneva is very cold this time of the year, I am not used to it, and now it’s raining too. Illuminated stores across the street invite me to look at their merchandise, perhaps in the morning, I will be in the mood to buy something I can’t buy tonight. Their lights will go off at a programmed time, but now are still shining on beautiful objects for the nightcrawlers people like me. I want to go across the street, a red light tells me to halt. As far as my eyes can see, no cars are coming from any direction and the need to get under a protected portico in a hurry is stronger than getting wet waiting for the street light to change color.


Jack Ward Unsplash - Switzerland

Jack Ward Unsplash – Switzerland


As I cross the street, I hear the sound of a whistle as if a policeman is whistling. It couldn’t be whistling at me, I am thinking, but he is. Where did he come from? A minute ago I was the only one in the street. He really dropped out of the blue. He is gracious at first, his voice is soft while he is giving a 10 Francs ticket for walking on the pedestrian zone with a red light. I am so surprised a small act like mine can cause a pedestrian to have a ticket, I tell him but he doesn’t listen. I also tell him that in Italy, no one gets a ticket for walking on a pedestrian zone with a red light, not even for J walking dodging cars in the moving traffic. I soon realized it is the wrong thing to say in this circumstance. The policeman hands me the ticket accusing me of not observing the law. I protest, argue with him as much as I can and he begins his intellectual speech of anarchy. In his opinion, my disobedience for crossing the road with the red light is a libertarian act, a rejection of society based on the order. My theoretical flexibility and individual action in deciding which laws to obey and which to ignore could result in a revolution against regimentation and consequently in terrorist acts, he says. Mind you at that time, the world didn’t know terrorism as we know it today.

By now, I have unleashed my persuasion arts. I am trying to tell him I am not a terrorist or an anarchist, that I have no intention of starting a revolution and that I have only crossed the road on the pedestrian zone with a red light. What harm my action could cause to others since I am the only one in the street in the deep night? He doesn’t want to listen and gives me another ticket for disturbance of the night peace.

I better shut my mouth and pay for my ticket. Walking away I am thinking some people are made in blocks on the assembly line, no creativity, no compassion, no flexibility and are not even equipped with a vision to see two inches away from their nose.

My hotel room overlooks Lake Geneva, and it has the cutest balcony. it’s an old building with stone stairs, decorative cast iron gated elevator with glass doors, the type we see in films of a different era, vaulted ceiling, and the bathroom in the corridor. I should have stayed on that cute balcony to smoke my cigarette in peace and enjoy the rain hitting the waters of the lake.

Bern - Clock Tower

Bern – Clock Tower


Since then, I have returned to Switzerland and had great experiences. That episode had gone unnoticed in the maze of my memories until today. I don’t know why it has returned….., I guess my traveling experiences always leave an impression on me. BTW, I have stopped smoking since then, that was many, many moons ago. Ciao,

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina with short hairValentina Cirasola is a storyteller by nature. Stories are very important to her design career to convey ideas because making someone’s home or personal images is not only about building around shapes, lines, forms, and colors. It is about the story one can create around their spaces and how they want to appear to others. It’s about life experiences and how Valentina can incorporate them in her clients’ homes. She is the author of five books, all available on Amazon Barnes&Nobles
The latest published books are ©The Road To Top Of The World
and ©Naled Lemons

Dress Up The Table With Faience | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Traveling to me is exploring the local history and famous landmarks, also pushing myself through unconventional paths to learn about the regional culture, find unusual things, places of certain interest, taste local food I usually don’t eat and meet people. In the Loire Valley in France, I visited the Gien store, a 200 years old factory of Faience earthenware, they produce “art for the table”. The name Faience is the conventional name in English for fine tin-glazed pottery on a buff earthenware body, a term also used to describe French, German, Spanish, Portuguese earthenwares. Faience technique is nothing new in the world of ceramic tableware, its origin goes back to the ancient Egyptian civilization. The Italian early form of tin-glazed earthenware was called Maiolica and the name Faenza derived from the town Faenza in the Romagna region near Ravenna. There in Faenza a majolica ware was painted on a clean, opaque pure-white ground and produced for export as early as the fifteenth century. Delftware is the equivalent Dutch for Faience earthenware.
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Gien Store

Gien Store

The Frech Gien company has served various aristocratic, nobles and upper bourgeois family of Europe personalizing their tableware with the family monograms or family coat-of-arms. During the years, the company has immortalized history of France with effigies on plates representing major monuments.

Gien - History of France

Gien – History of France

Gien created tableware reflecting the ’60s and ’70s years of colors and vibrant designs for a younger generation. From their archives, Gien has revived the florals and orientalism designs to create the set called “Dépareilées”, the mismatched items for a modern table setting.



Gien – Dépareilées Collection


Gien - Pont Aux Choux

Gien – Pont Aux Choux Collection

The iconic Pont Aux Choux Collection exists since 1821. It is chiseled to emulate small grain pattern, which design has passed the taste of time and seems to have connected many generations.

Gien - Floral

Gien – Floral



Gien – Horse

The plates with horses design remind me of some plates designed with mythology characters I saw in Greece. They are beautiful.


Gien Tableware

Gien Tableware

With the holidays approaching, this might be a good idea to revamp the old table setting, and making it a little more “French” chic.



Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina with short hairValentina 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, only follow 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. The latest newly published book is ©The Road To Top Of The World and ©Naked Lemons – All books are available on








Dressing Up In The Golden Age | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

What a great self-treat was last night to watch Downtown Abbey film premiere. Stunning costumes, interesting dialog, sizzling lines, fast-paced scenes, moments of hilarity and the grand atmosphere of the period set, all contributed to a couple of hours of great entertainment. If you want to be extrapolated from today’s reality and fall into the grandeur of a golden age, this is the film to watch.

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Downton Abbey Movie Poster

Downton Abbey Movie Poster

It was the premiere of the film, I felt to dress up for the occasion. We are having an Indian Summer here, it was too warm for this kind of layering, I couldn’t wait to get inside the air-conditioned cinema. Some people came dressed as they could trying to be like the Downtonians, some came with just a hat and jeans, some wore a large gypsy skirt with a long plastic pearl necklace and some others came in shorts with a parasol. It was funny but to each its own.

In my fashion studies at the Italian University, I studied the history of costume, which knowledge has helped me through my life when buying clothes. Every piece of clothing I buy is a well thought out study of how and when this new piece will be used. I always ask myself these questions: “Can it go with a period style, and if yes, which historical period can represent? What else do I need to purchase for a specific period that goes with the new piece?  Can I use the new piece in a modern outfit? If yes, which is the modern combination I can use the new piece?
I have a photographic memory, which allows me to scan my wardrobe in a minute and see what I own while I am buying new clothes and study their proper use. Pretty lucky, eh?!



Downton Abbey Outfit


Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere

Accessories for Downton Abbey Film Premiere – Martinez Valero shoes

Another system I follow when buying clothes is to go mentally through my social activities. What do I do the most?
I go to theatre plays, shows, and Opera a lot. To me, these outfits must be original, not too elegant because sometimes I go to matinée shows, but I like them to have original details.
I visit Museums and art shows at the reception openings, thus these clothes must be artistic and colorful.
I attend fundraising and charitable events, these clothes must be cocktail style, modern, colorful and showing off my personality.
Occasionally, I am invited to particular restaurants to experience something special or ethnic, these clothes must be playful and smart elegant.
I visit clients, and for this, I am always well dressed in a feminine way, not business-like. I have always despised that the look of women dressed in men’s business suits.
I don’t go to sports events, thus I don’t have clothes for sports activities and very rarely I go to pop music concerts for which I wear the only jeans I own, leather pants, or a pair of gold pants.
I trot the world with comfortable clothes, not too flashy, stylish, versatile and colorful. All the clothes and shoes I own are interchangeable and can easily be adapted to a period-style or become a modern outfit. As you see, I don’t buy clothes just to buy or because they are on sale, I buy them with a purpose in mind. Getting dressed is my art and appearing good on every occasion is my goal.

The biggest concern when owning a wardrobe full of interchangeable clothes is to keep the same weight through the years, now that is a real challenge!

Let’s go back to Downtown Abbey film and the beautiful women fashion. In the Golden Age, colors were soft, or even muted, mostly solid and if fabrics had a pattern it was tone on tone, never a boisterous jam of designs. The daytime outfits were mostly long dresses revealing the calves or were made of two pieces, a long tunic over a long skirt. They were embellished with some decorative embroiders, lace, or passementerie. The waist was long to counterbalance the length of the dress and the sleeves usually were lightweight and transparent. Evening gowns revealed a sophisticated décolletage and sparked a lot more with rhinestone or paillettes.
Since the hemline rose, shoes were visible and attractive, made in a solid color or double face (two colors), were often leather, suede and even fabric for the elegant affairs. T-strap style shoes were very popular with Louis Heels (the same as my shoes in the photos) or Tango Heels.
Hats and gloves were the mandatory accessories for a daytime outfit, occasionally in this era women carried a parasol.
It was such a different time, I felt elegant, and at the same time, I felt as if I came out of a nostalgia shop. The evening was pleasant, the film was great, be sure to watch it if you like this sort of thing, however, outside, the reality looked so harsh in comparison. Ciao.
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved



Valentina with short hairValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on


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