Resurfacing In 2023

It seems already long ago when we rolled into the new year. Usually, in December I leave everything I am doing to stay away from the internet and detox for a month. This time it took me longer as the last December’s energy in the Universe was so bad, I really didn’t want to be part of it. It was the first time in my life I did not celebrated Christmas and New Year, the food was ready and so was my beautifully decorated table, but the seasonal sickness hit me at that time made me not at all interested in the celebrations, although I tried.

Pope Benedict XVI passed away at Christmas Eve, leaving the world with the impostor Cardinal we have right now. One of my dear school friend also passed away on New Year’s Eve. The ugly news kept coming in December, I just couldn’t wait to go into another dimension full of colors and light.

I am just now resurfacing from my hibernation and it’s almost February. As I always say, January is a trial month, it doesn’t really count, at least for me. My new year is now full of colors as always, except for the white I have been wearing almost every day as a purification and cleansing.

My numerology coach says 2023 is the year of the skin, it means we must take care of our skin, choose a type of body detox to implement but also it means to hug people and become in contact with the skin of others. As we know lockdown put a great distance between people to the point that we use a fist or hit elbows as a salutation, hugs and kiss have disappeared from our daily socializing. Let’s return to be human again.

The number 7 is the karma’s number for 2023. This is the year of Neptune, the return of the warrior souls, it will be a year of sacrifice.

That’s the reason I chose to wear the color white for the whole month of January, it’s my way to detox from the accumulation of bold colors energy and outside influences. Colors, food detoxification, home purification and staying away from electromagnetism of electronic devices is my way to obey to certain laws that govern in the Cosmos.


These two pieces are my knitted creations available in my Etsy store. Although white is not my color, I can see the benefit of wearing it with some beige, gold and a bit of orange, all in a small quantity. The focus must be the white covering the body for purification.



This year, if you are a warrior and you want to be on top of what 2023 will do, save your soul by creating anything beautiful, anything that makes you happy, because the moment the opposite forces see your happiness doesn’t depend on what they do, their decline will start. Contrast negative forces by using colors, a lot of them and add love, which is never enough. Create, create, create.

“When there is no color, there is no energy and when there is no energy, there is no life” ~Caravaggio~ I totally agree, Ciao.

Valentina
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My Thanksgiving Table is Ready

Visiting stores in the month of November feels a little bit like taking a ride on the carousel. Stores are filled with an exceptional amount of merchandise, all very shiny and glittery. All decorating styles are there for all tastes and pockets, Sottish, English, American Country, Urban, Modern, Abstract, French, Evocative of the past, and so on.
I limit the amount of time I want to spend in stores at this time, otherwise I will be dumbfounded in a few hours. Luckily for me, I shop with my eyes. If I don’t see immediately the item I am looking for, or that special something that catches my eyes, it means it’s not there and leave.
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This year for Thanksgiving I am leaning towards a bit of Baroque style. As a table runner, I will use an Indian shantung fabric remanence from a jacket I made. It’s multicolors, shining with gold filaments. The tablecloth is a damask from Venice, Italy and the napkins is a fabric printed with paisleys.

I have always been attracted by gold and silver together, like the sun and the moon sometimes shine together in the sky. The energy they bring together is fantastic.

The chargers are not plates but mats heavily beaded and the napkin holders are made by me. My table décor often doesn’t match on purpose as I generally don’t match things in my daily life, except the shoes, I do match those. I love the intricate ideas that come in my mind when I decorate and find many ways to surprise people.


The two reindeers were too cute to pass up. They look almost like a McKenzie Childs’s design but they are not. Now, I need food, people and bubbles.


This is a day to really be thankful for our blessings. I wish all of you a great Thanksgiving. Ciao,
Valentina

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Modern Doors

Modern doors don’t have much interest, often are hollow inside, they are very linear to suit the minimalist style, they are made of fiberglass or man made material and the hardware is functional, visually have nothing special to communicate. Sometimes, I do find a client who appreciates wood, glass and some details in modern doors, that’s when my wheels spins with creativity. There is a lot of studying going into searching for something out of the ordinary and in some case finding a craftsman who can reproduce a modern style with attention to details could be a really challenge.

Today’s challenge is about a mixture of some modern interior and exterior doors.


I saw this door at a pasta making factory in the administrative office, it divides the foyer from the office.


I painted the red doors with yellow ovals. In contemporary homes I like to have one door different than others, it kills the boredom of all white doors and it adds some fun.


In this client’s home all interior doors were made of mahogany wood. This one in particular is a linen closet in one of the bathrooms with marbleized glass panel, a real chic choice.


The colorful circle in this large entry door makes an unusual design. The floor of the foyer is white marble and when the sun shines on that design, the floor becomes a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors.


One of the many exterior doors I have designed for clients with particular and interesting tastes. It was painted in a verdigris finish to make it look the door was bronze and had the same patina of bronze statues.

The Thursday Door Challenge organized by Dan Antion continues. Come and visit with us. I hope you have enjoyed this challenge as much as I have. Ciao,

Valentina
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I Created A Paradise Of Citrus

Many years ago, when I moved to California, the backyard of the house I purchased was burned by the sun, arid, no one needle of grass in site and nothing was growing. The climate was sunny and mild, I saw the potential for reproducing a Mediterranean garden with a small orchard, as I was used to. My vision was clear, the canvas was blank and I started to create.

I planted first citrus trees, lemons, blood and navel oranges, then apples, apricots, berries and a two avocado trees that have not produced anything. Then, I started to create vignettes of relaxation and beauty with garden furniture, fun décor, lighting and accessories, but I left a certain roughness to it, I didn’t want a manicured garden. These are the blood oranges growing over the arbor that bless me with health all year, except August and September. I really have made a small paradise in my backyard.

It was necessary to learn how to process all the fruit I was hoping to get and certainly, I did get a bounty from nature. I only used water, good organic fertilizer and my singing. Yes, plants feel and hear the voice of the person who loves them, the more I sing to them, the happier they get and produce more. I know they love the operatic voices of il Volo, Cecilia Bartoli, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso, and most of the sopranos/tenors I listen to. The result is a florid, thriving garden I can eat off of it.

Now, I make citrus juices mixed with other fruit or vegetable for the morning breakfast. I add nothing else to the mixture, no water, no sugar, no additives or coagulants. My juicer discards fibers and peels, what I get is pure juice.
This is oranges and raw beets.

This is a juice made with oranges, apricots and lemons.

Here I have a delicious glass of oranges and carrots.

Here there is mixture of red bell peppers, oranges and apples.
All these juices lend themselves to become an alcoholic spritzer made with a bit of bubbles or mineral water for a non-alcoholic refreshing drink.

Aside from juices, I use my oranges and lemons as house cleaning products, facial masks and facial treatment products. I don’t have to buy anything the market proposes any more and I avoid chemicals, or other unpronounceable stuff that enter our body when we use commercial made products. I talk about what to do with citrus in my booklet Naked Lemons, the book Facebook blocks every time I advertise it, as the word “naked” suggests pornography to their stupid algorithms.

I hope you will try some of these, there is nothing to it, it takes very little time to make a glass loaded with pleasure. Ciao.
Valentina
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Gate Doors of Italy

If you have ever visited Italy, you must have noticed a lot of gates in front of any entry, any doors and also windows.
Some are very pretty, elegant and go with the style of the building, but many times gates are functional and low key. The reason for the gates is a custom that in Italy started about thirty some years ago. Too many tourists wonder aimlessly everywhere even in private spaces and boats loaded with immigrants drop their human cargo every day on the coasts of Italy in search of a new life or fortune. I could get very political about this, but I will leave it for another forum.

Looking at this stair, I remember the stone steep stair leading to nowhere filled with plants at my grandmother’s exterior of the home. They were built, I guess to add some kind of interest to the outside with no other function, unless someone put the set of stairs there to give us kids an opportunity to bust our heads as often happened when we played and fell of of them. I was one of the kids who ended up in the hospital after a plunge in the empty space.


Doors in this part of the world are very simple, linear and often made of a common sturdy wood, but stairs are made of stones, steep, slippery and very treacherous.


One can feel the sense of antiquity in places like this and Italy has plenty of them. Walking on those stones when it rains it’s very tricky and funny, especially for women wearing skirts. It is not so uncommon to find uneven pavement that collects rain water underneath, stepping on one of them means to get cold dirty water squirted up the crotch. That’s when Italian women get creative vocally, a must see spectacle!


Well, if we must have security gates, let them be an oasis of flowers, succulent plants and evergreen bushes.


Even public buildings might have protection gates, but they are open during working hours and closed at night. Who do they protect?

Dan Antion offers an opportunity to learn about doors in the world with his Thursday Door Challenge. This is my participation for today’s challenge. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
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Patrician Doors

This building in Valenzano, in the province of Bari, Italy might have been, long time ago, the home of a wealthy family. A split pediment with a family crest over the balcony is an indication a patrician family lived there. The main entry is a classical Italian “portone” entry with curved top and a pillar on each side with two simple caps. The corner entry was an expensive feature of a building then, just as much as it is today in any country.

This town is quaint and quiet, I visit it every time I go back to Bari my home town and still wonder who lives there.

Valenzano, Bari – Italy

This is Palazzo Mincuzzi in downtown Bari, Italy. The building is located in Via Sparano, the most expensive shopping street of the city, it is at the same level of Via Margutta in Rome, Via Montenapoleone in Milan or Fifth Ave in New York.

The Mincuzzi Family commissioned the project that the architect Aldo Focignano’ built between 1926 e il 1928 as one of the first commercial architecture of the XX century. Here again, a corner door of an expensive building that became a landmark of the city, makes a grand enty.

Unfortunately, a few years ago, the administrator of the city decided to eliminate all the beautiful palm trees that lined both sidewalks and provided refreshing shades in the heat of the Summer. Via Sparano now in the morning is blinded by the sun, drenched in heat of over 40 C. (100+ F) and is not a friendly place to stroll and window licking.

Dan Antion offers an opportunity to learn about doors in the world with his Thursday Door Challenge. This is my participation for today’s challenge. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
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First Rain In Color

Yesterday, we had the first rain of the season and perhaps the last before a long time, it was a gift coming down from the sky. Here in California never rains, the sky is always flat blue and rarely has clouds. We have sun and soft wind, no seasons, it’s beautiful and boring at the same time, as a photographer would describe it. The soul needs a change of season to get rejuvenate and the body will respond better from summer to winter to new vibrations.

We bag for rain here, often I feel I want to do the rain dance, like Indians did. It was strange to see all that water released on our heads like a bomb. I watched it hypnotized for a while, the sound of the water hitting the ground was music. Finally my trees and plants are now clean of spider webs, they will grow more luxuriant, the air feels refreshed and maybe I will fall asleep with the sound of rain beating on the roof.

I had to get out just for the pleasure, I wanted to get wet and wear luminous colors. I don’t have to wear grey and dark colors just because the sky is grey. My raincoat is chartreuse green, I took out an apple green hat, a large hand painted scarf with all those colors mixed in the blue, a pair of jeans, a string of pearls and I was ready to celebrate this bounty from the sky.
What colors will I wear in the next rain? Ciao,

Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel. Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

The 28 Of Every Month

In numerology the number 28 represents the end and the beginning of a cycle, the moon’s cycles, the woman’s cycle, the cycle of life, the cycle of this earth. In ancient time the month was considered 28 days long and not 30 or 31 days. Through the sacred mathematic, human beings communicates with the universe, our numbers are embedded in our DNA, which has the frequency of Fibonacci sequence of numbers. Our DNA  talks about sound, frequency and numbers related to the day we are born, even our name and last name have a vibration related to numbers that determine our life moves.  The number 28 represents the Crown chakra (head).

The colors of the number 28 have everything to do with the hues and vibrations of the sun: gold, yellow, copper, orange. The number 28 is a very strong number because it represents the head, decision, ideas, goals and communicates with the solar plexus, where liver and gallbladder are located.

The addition of 2+8 = 10, the perfect number. If you are a 10 means you are excellent in everything you do. Do you remember the 1979 Film 10 with Bo Derek? She was perfect in her body measurements and she was beautiful. The title was not a casual choice, the producers must have known the importance of numerology.

Numbers are like a tailored dress, fit differently on each person. Let’s start a new cycle of life with a total positive attitude. Ciao.
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel. Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Doors To Eternity

I have always wondered how the eternity will be? Will I have as colorful home as I have now where my soul will go to? Will I have the company of people I loved in this life? Will food and wines be part of my eternity? Egyptians resolved these questions when they were alive. As soon Pharaohs were crowned the work for the home of their eternity started, of course that was a privilege for the ruling class, as they were considered the extension of God on Earth.

This past week, I visited the interactive exhibition of Pharaoh Ramses II and his gold at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition was excellent and the interactive show was incredibly interesting as if I was in the streets of Thebes, on the Nile and inside the Pyramids among the Egyptians breathing their culture and lifestyle of millennia ago.
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Ramses II built an impressive mortuary temple in Thebes to safeguard his soul.

Drawings and colors of the Temple’s ceiling as well as murals and tombs decorative paintings have been recreated inside the museum.

The Temple Façade (below) is oriented to face the rising sun. Rays illuminate the four colossal statues of Ramses II, the smaller sculpture of Nefertari, his wife, the statue of Isitnofret, his second wife and their children. As the sun moves in, floods the temple interior with light.

Ramses II was a prolific man, he created 100 children with 8 wives.

The photograph below is the entry excavated in the pyramid built for Ramses II.

The Pharaohs’ tomb builders decorated walls and ceilings with painted scenes, they envisioned blue skies with stars and inserted symbols of magic spells from the Egyptian Book od Dead.

The dead Pharaoh was buried across the Nile from Thebes in the Valley of the Kings with everything he needed to continue his afterlife as God.

I would love to show the gold collection of the Pharaoh, but this post is about doors, their functions, history and what they hide behind.

Dan Antion offers an opportunity to learn about doors in the world with his Thursday Door Challenge. This is my participation for today’s challenge. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Arch Entryway To Little Italy

A door or an arch are both passages that take us from an exterior to an interior space or even into another space in time and history.
It was not too long ago, March 2015, when I was awarded for my participation in the design concept of the arch for the Little Italy in San Jose, CA.
A team of architect, builder, designer, iron worker, stone fabricator, cement layer, lighting designer, investors and many more people in the committee of the Little Italy city project worked at the unison to make this come true. It was a many years effort from all of us volunteering to build something that was in the hearts of older and younger generations of Italians immigrated to this country for the continuation of our culture and traditions, but also as a bridge between other ethnicities of the area.

Little Italy Arch, San Jose, CA

It was a beautiful moment when we finally saw the arch raised and illuminated. That day, a huge celebration in the streets defining the Little Italy area was in order. Many people attended the award ceremony and afterwards they danced in the streets at the tunes of mandolins, accordions, guitars and the voice of the Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito.

Full view of the Little Italy Arch, San Jose, CA

The piazzetta is now full of bricks of various sizes with the name of donors to remember them in the posterity. Since then, we organized grand galas to raise money for the future public works in the area, many merchants established shops, an art & craft festival takes place every August, every October people fill the streets dancing to the sounds of Italian music, eat Italian specialties and feel as if they are in Italy for one day. A Museum of Italian culture is currently being built.

Brick from donors layed in the Little Italy’s piazzetta

Bronze plaque installed on the base of the arch with all the names of professionals participating to the design concept.

The plaque I received at the award ceremony

The plaque I received for my contribution in the design concept of this arch is still in my studio, I see it every day and proudly reminds me that I made a difference in my community together with a lot of other generous and professional people.

Myself celebrating with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito

It’s always a pleasure to be embraced by the handsome Pasquale Esposito, our Italian tenor.
If you ever have the chance to be in this area, stop by the Little Italy, in San Jose, CA.

Dan Antion offers the opportunity to learn about doors in the world with his Thursday Door Challenge, please visit with us, it’s fun to see various interpretations of doors. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2022 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

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