Christmas My Way | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

This week, business coach Georgia Lee London interviewed me on BeLiveTV, an online TV feature of Facebook I use also for my business. The topic was Decorating Christmas. We spent the first few minutes talking about my business and personal life just as an introduction to her audience, then we moved on to Christmas and how to decorate it.

I like to admire all the joyous display of lights around the towns, highly decorated stores and homes illuminated over the top, just like everybody else, to me this huge display of lights is another form of art expression. The bigger the better is what most people think Christmas should be and that is fine. I can’t imagine Christmas not being so lit up anymore. There was a time in my life when my native country went through an austerity period of many years.

Now, I am here in the wealthiest country in the world, where people don’t mind spending $5,000 for Christmas decorations, I want to soak it in as much as I can, taking tours through neighbors and enjoy their labor to put up such a spectacle for the public. I saw a program on the Italian TV dedicated to the transformation of homes in Brooklyn N.Y. every year at Christmas and this is a photo I found of one of the Italian homes. Stunning, it looks like Disneyland. Their electric bill, I imagine, is huge for a couple of months.

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BrooklynNewYorkDykerHeights-Vincent Giulizio Photography

 

Deep down inside I have remained a person who likes “conservation”,  moderation and classy décor. I would never have such a display of power even if I had servants, labor, chauffeurs, and butlers.
To me, Christmas is about lighting up a way to our new self, welcoming a new year of opportunities to realize our dreams; it’s about resting, renewing our family and friends’ ties; share food and allow our “Supreme Being” (whomever or whatever it might be) to enter our life.  Everything else is just consumerism.

Here, in this video, one can see my ideas of decorating Christmas the easy way, easy on the pocket, easy to put up and take down. I care to create pleasant atmospheres around the home by displaying interesting vignettes in different corners of each room. The most important thing is to find a theme, choose the colors, sculpt with various light levels and never leave corners in the dark.

 

Your Christmas can be anything you like and if this event is not in your belief, celebrate your life. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

It’s my hope that through my writing and my suggestions I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through various expressions of décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, the third in line of my collection, ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors.
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Mid-Century All Over Again | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

It was just yesterday we wore hats and gloves sets, bright colors, belted pencil skirts and cigarette ankle length pants. Our homes reflected the same colors and boxy furniture, then called modernism filled the spaces. It was a total rebellion from the previous traditional style, a kind of self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expressions. New colorful gadgets and home technology inventions came out in 1950-60s. The advertisement of the era focused on making a woman’s life at home easier than ever, to allow her more time to dedicate to family, friends and social activities. The mid-century kitchens are still very modern today in terms of layout and design. I am so surprised to see that not much has changed except the choice of materials and colors.
This kitchen below could very well be one of the kitchens today with different colors, of course.

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I am wondering if the people of 1950-60s thought their furniture would become pieces of antiques in a short time of only 60 years. If they had kept it, today they would be valuable. A week ago, I visited a CB2 store, where I can find upscale modern furniture and this was exactly my consideration.

All the vignettes in the store incorporated the new retro mid-century style, colors of the new furniture collections are no longer so bright and abrasive as in the early original style, the shapes of the seating arrangements are a bit more round and everything seems to appeal to a younger population.

I love this semi-circular white maple desk by Brett Beldock.

SemiCircularDesk

Semi-circular desk by Brett Beldock

The Étagère is a classic of the era. This kind of furniture started as a set of open straight shelves for holding elegant tableware and vintage crystal decanters, with a cabinet at the base. It was a nice piece made to enjoy drinks. Later it became a bookshelf with shelves going in every direction.

Étagère

Étagère

I sat on this ample leather Shell shaped chair, cognac color. This is a real beauty, comfortable, buttery soft, hand stitched, $2,000.

ShellChair

Shell Chair by Estudio Bola

This peacock-blue, feminine Récamier re-evoke the 19th-Century fainting chair. The corsets literally took women’ breath away. Now, we can just pretend to faint on a sofa lounge.

Récamier

Récamier by Julia Von Werz

This year mid-century style is mostly about black and white, sleek, urban, minimalist with a faint interjection of brown and natural colors.

RoundTable

Round Table

 

Black Chair

Black Chair

 

CB2 Dining

Dining at CB2

 

And black is Christmas décor as well, this year. Christmas means many things to many people. It doesn’t have to be red, green and gold. A black Christmas décor is definitely not for me but I understand the sophistication of black. 

Black Christmas Decor

CB2 Display

The logs on a leather carrier look really elegant and unless the fireplace is an existing one, grandfathered in, the logs will remain a decorative item due to the clean air conservation program many cities have adopted.

 

Leather Wood Holder

Leather Wood Holder

 

If Mid-Century is your style and you are thinking of upgrading your furniture, start your selection here. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

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, 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 four books. The latest newly published book is ©The Road To Top Of The World.
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Horsefeathers | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

In Europe, I was used to leaving the house, stroll the streets filled with many shops of a different kind, sit at a cafe or do window licking if I didn’t have anything to buy. Go out to walk at leisure, it’s the way of life in Europe. Shopping over there happens when people really need things, discounts come at the end of seasons, not every day, thus window shopping is a pastime. I love the feel and relationship I could create with small shoppe’s owners. However, due to the massive online buying convenience, even the structure of European streets is slowly changing and small stores are capitulating to online giant merchant corporations. A few days ago, in a networking event, I was telling a group of business women that the life of a designer doesn’t stop at 5:00 pm. Designers are in the constant “mode of searching” for clients. Sometimes, not all the accessories and artwork are in place when we finish a major remodeling or decorating. Choosing artwork is a very personal thing, is like choosing perfumes. Usually, at the end of a project, clients want to take care of their artwork selection, but if something is left open, we will keep an eye open for those details left to complete.

I just remembered this episode. I was walking in a small American town, doing window shopping and spending the afternoon of leisure with myself. Horsefeathers, I exclaimed! I spotted a huge wooden horse through the store window display selling Italian ceramics. The horse was placed in a dining area as a suggestion, I couldn’t help noticing it. It would have been perfect for the dining room in a client’s home. She liked horses and was looking for a gigantic one for her dining room, a type of playful horse, very whimsical, an icebreaker and a conversational piece. Why putting a horse in a dining room? Why not? The store must have read my mind. I took a picture, sent it to the client, told her the price and voila’ she got her horse.

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This is just to say feel free to have an ordinary house, it’s your space, but if you want to have an extravagant, unusual and tasteful décor, the sky is the limit and nothing stops you from showing some personality, or whimsy. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

It’s my hope that through my writing and my stories I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need. Check out my book on the subject of colors ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, or my latest travel narrative: ©The Road To Top Of The World. 
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Born A Libra Under Venus | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Planet Venus the lover and planet Uranium the visionary passed over me the instant I came out in the light and in this world. Ever since my life has been a colorful succession of events. Venus seduces me in every moment of the day with beauty and Uranium shows me the path. I was gifted with many talents that I have successfully blended into my profession, but the intention of my planets was to keep them hidden for my enjoyment, instead, I made a business from all them.  The projection of how people see me is incredible, but they don’t realize, I must work twice as hard to be credible and be taken seriously.

(Photo: https://www.123rf.com/clipart – Artist: Kisslilly)

A Libra like myself has powerful emotions and knows how to control them. Libra people are attracted intensely by people who share our same love of beauty, otherwise, we totally ignore them.

Being ruled by Venus, a Libra seeks peace, harmony, and balance, three keywords I use as the foundation to build a stylish home or a wardrobe.
The charge of a Libra is positive, that always reflects in the work I do. In fact, I think my home interiors seem happier, more colorful, less structured than others, but always harmoniously balanced. The characteristic of a Libra is to balance, unfortunately, aside from the preoccupation of having everything always perfect, we tend to put on the scale even people and situations, when they don’t meet our criterion, we let them off the scale.

Libra belongs to the element air, it is the sign of ethics, logic, and justice, prefers laws that work and that everybody respects, rather than living in a freestyle society, where rules don’t matter. That same ethics establishes the foundation of our life, we thrive on long-lasting relationships with friends and loved ones.

A few famous people were born on the day I was born as a Libra.
October 22, 1811 – Franz Liszt Composer
October 22, 1917 – Margot Fontaine Dancer
October 22, 1942 – Annette Funicello

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The color of a Libra come from lapis lazuli, amethyst, clear quartz. The sun enters Libra on or around September 23, the day of the autumnal equinox. Even though the colors of Libra gravitate around a blue palette, there is a lot positive predisposition towards the warm colors of Autumn, especially orange and the yellow. The walls of my bedroom are a pretty blue ocean, the morning sunrays reverberating on the walls gives me a feeling of a big hug from the Universe and my day starts in a positive way.

This brief description will help you understand someone you might know in the Libra sign. If you give them a gift, remember their colors, if you live with a Libra person, also remember they like order. Keep in mind they are loyal people, when they get hurt, are very clever hiding their feelings. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com 

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in interior and exterior, color analysis, kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also was seen on RAI, Italian National TV, and has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of four published books, one of which ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors. Her newly published book The Road to Top Of The World is available on
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Yellow For Manifesting | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

September comes and I feel the end of the year is already here. With schools reopened, I am sure many feel the same way, thrown back in a hectic routing of preparing kids’ lunch, homework, taking them back and forth to game practices and school events. I don’t have kids, thus I am out of this kind of routine. I have clients who push to finish their work before the holiday start and that happens very soon with Halloween.

September reminds us that nature will go on hibernation soon, leaves will turn yellow and will fall to the ground lifeless. That’s the dark side of yellow, but we are not going to look at that for the moment.
September is the month to manifest new ideas and new things we want to happen in the new year, in business or personal life.

Yellow is the color to focus on for manifesting. The sun wakes us up every day, fills our rooms with a bright light and illuminates most of our day. The sun acts like a battery charger and so does yellow. As long as we manifest our wants, needs and desire imagining a yellow light going through our body, surrounding ourselves with yellow flowers or objects, wearing yellow/gold clothes and eating yellow food, we will vibrate as if the sun is going through our body.  It will take a few days, but we will see a clear picture in front of us and we will take actions to make things happening the way we want.

 

Then we will go to green, the heart chakra, because we will feel at peace that what we have manifested is taking shape with our actions.
Luckily, most of my walls are yellow, from dark to light and golden, I get naturally energized. However even I need a bit more yellow when manifesting. This week, I have worn ochre, sun yellow, light Chartreuse and golden, mixed with blues, brown, greys, bronze and white.

Yellow food has a large part in manifesting, it instills positivity. For me it is not difficult to do, I love food and I love to cook. This week, I picked up some yellow mini peppers and stuffed them open face or whole with various ingredients and then baked them. These are some of the ingredients I use often for a fun variety of the same recipe:
1. canned tuna, olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive oil, salt & pepper.
2. ground meat, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spices, beaten egg, olive oil, salt & pepper.
3. rice, cherry tomatoes, any cheese you like, beaten eggs, olive oil, salt & pepper.
The list could on forever.

Mini peppers stuffed open face with saffron rice, spinach, beaten eggs, breadcrumbs, spices, olive oil, salt & pepper.


This is a salad of briefly boiled yellow beet with pomegranate, basil leaves, olive oil, salt & pepper. There is no better way to get energized with yellow food, but the healthy way.

Manifesting something you want to happen in your life happens in the center of the body, exactly in the stomach, where the gold chakra is located. You first think something in your mind, then it gets reworked or felt in the stomach, the gold is activated with your actions and the result will come. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in interior and exterior, color analysis, kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She was featured on RAI – Italian National TV and has made four appearances in shows on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.
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The Story Of Your Home |Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Last week, I participated to a Challenge on Facebook Live and all the benefits a business can draw from doing live videos from that platform. I decided my dedicate my fifth day video to the story of your home.  Does a home have a story? Yes, absolutely. In Italy, my native country, we believe that the first person walking by when the foundation of a home are laid out, is the person that leaves his/her spirit in the house. Chinese people believe the entry door must be set toward East, where the sun rises, to give a positive and lucky feeling to the house. These might be superstitions, but I can tell you that every time I went  into a house I was buying, a sensation in my stomach and on my skin told me if I was welcomed there or not. If the feeling was positive and I felt good about the house, I started the process of buying and thinking of the décor.

Yesterday, someone made a comment after she saw this video below, on how to transition from Mediterranean style into a coastal style when she will move to a different house and was kind of worried all her expensive Mediterranean style furniture was not going to fit in the coastal style.
My first approach to that would be to think of colors first. Second, if when furniture are good, beautiful and expensive, go out of style and need to be updated.

Coastal colors are not only made of light blue, white and light green. Looking at the colors of my shell collection and my underwater flora/fauna photo, it comes apparent the Sea colors comes from algae, coral reef, fish, rocks and sand. In coastal colors is easy to find yellow, orange, red, purple, greens in all shades, beiges, muted colors, greys and even black.

My shell collection

 

Underwater life and colors

In the ’90s it was the rage the have at least a kitchen, if not the entire home in Tuscan/Mediterranean style. Everybody went with beiges, browns and dark burgundy, as if there wasn’t anything else in the market. I had the impression people had lost fantasy and couldn’t imagine anything else. Mediterranean colors and style are beautiful and very colorful, the interpretation was wrong. The Mediterranean basin is a sunny, very warm area of the world, it is colorful and cheerful, reflecting the weather.

I am not sure why in the US, Mediterranean style was interpreted with beiges, dark burgundy and browns, so very gloomy! I am glad that fad is gone.
In my gallery, I am showing the correct colors of Mediterranean style for those who want to do it right. It is still a good style for a home.

 

 

Photo Source: Romeo Cuomo FB – https://www.facebook.com/romeo.cuomo

Now, go on, find your color palette and start your story.

In my video, I tell just about all, however, I am here ready and prompt to help. It is easy to rock the boat together.

 

thanks for watching. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in interior and exterior, color analysis, kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also was seen on RAI – Italian National TV and has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.

Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

 

Challenges | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

This week, I am participating to a 5 days Facebook Live Challenge organized by Georgia Lee London.

Today #4 Challenge is about how to overcome the fear of being live on videos, TV, Facebook live, and any media where our face is visible to the world. So far, challenges have been relatively easy to do, but today the topic is a bit strange for me. Today, my video will be about my fear of running out of material during the live event and start rambling. Even someone as talkative as I am can fear not having enough questions for the guests, running out of time, or having a shallow topic nobody wants to watch, or maybe not being able to respond effectively to some tricky moments while the live event is going on.

Day #2 Challenge was: Share something to save time. In this Facebook Live video I am sharing a simple tip that will save time for everybody’s involved in a home remodeling, a restyling of one or more rooms, or decorating a new home. Hope you like video.

Sorry, it looks as if I am not looking into the camera and in fact I am not, my camera is incorporated in my huge Mac monitor and I am still trying to find the correct place for the camera or the correct position for myself. It’s all about the challenge, things we need to face and fix.

 

 

Some people participating to this week’s challenge have shared some heavy fears and disclosed with courage episodes of their lives they had buried in the maze of their mind. Brave people!

What is your challenge and is it difficult to talk about it? If you like to share, I am here. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2018 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.
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