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.

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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
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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.
Find copies of my book on colors ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors and the rest of my books
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Your Relationship With A Dining Room | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

I can’t remember when was last time I decorated or designed a dining room. In my parents’ home, Sunday family gathering was a big deal, therefore the dining room was used every lunch and dinner on Sunday, the rest of the week that room was kept in order.  After I moved away, nothing was the same. I went to live in European countries where the life style was different from my Italian life style and Sunday dinners were not deemed that important. By the time I arrived in America, I had seen a revolution of customs to make my Sunday dinners affair a memory of an ancient past.

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©Valentina Cirasola – Photo taken in ZGallery

My youthful friends and clients in America, ate at restaurant often (still do), when they ate at home, sat with a tray of food in front of the TV in the media room, man cave (such an ugly definition) or in living/family room. Most of my clients had a traditional dining room at one point (still do), with a table and seating for eight people, a credenza, a china cabinet storing in plain view an array of tableware never used. Such room was mainly dedicated to Thanksgiving or Christmas and even then, often got invited to someone else’s home, leaving their dining room completely ignored for the entire year.

One might think this society has no social skills anymore and it is not so, at least not in most cases.

 


Parties or various home social gatherings still happen, not formal sitting down dinners anymore. The new point of mingling is the kitchen, the great room and the outdoor room. I have refreshed some of the existing formal dining rooms my clients had with new colors, accessories and artwork, and still remain unused, the formality of dinners is gone.

 

All the parties I have been invited to in the last twenty years have been always buffet style. My younger clients don’t even own a dining table.

At this point, I started to think maybe creating rooms without dedicated functions is a better solution.
A dining table can change function into a working table and it doesn’t need to be in a room called dining room. In the photo below, I placed this everyday function rustic dining table in the family room, nearby the kitchen, facing the open living room on the other side of the fireplace and near the game room on the left. The lower level of this house is one large space with multiple functions, one can even take an occasional nap in the large window nook of the living room with the fireplace on.

 

A dining table can be placed near a window seat or nook to look out on the garden (photo below).

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Today, people work anywhere. A rustic wood table with benches is a modern solution for dining and other functions, it can even turn into a table for business meeting if the office is in the home.

 

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Except for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, all the other rooms can have multiple functions. Single people without kids can get away with sleeping anywhere in the house/apartment. The attitude toward our private spaces has changed, no longer we need to give names to rooms by their functions. No longer we need to place rugs down to defining an area, or relegate artwork only to the best part of the house, we can now have artwork in kitchens and bathrooms. Colors flow not to divide the house in the red room, the blue room , the yellow room, but to unite the spaces and expand the views.

I have beautiful boudoir lamps, floor lamps and artwork, both in my kitchen and bathrooms. I don’t have a dining room, my gatherings with friends happen between the living area and the kitchen. We sit on the floor cushions when seats are not enough.

Large kitchens sell the house. The best way to get a return on investment is to eliminate the dining room completely and take that space to create a larger kitchen.
Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

In my 28th years of design business I am having more fun than ever, experience eliminates stress and dictates the pace of work. I am evolving in different directions while still helping people realizing their dream spaces in homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. Colors are the main focus of my business today, changing people’s energy and life force just by introducing them to colors they would have never imagined. I am on TV once a month, that is my own TV show produced under my label Valentina Design Universe, bringing fun topics to my audience.
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Colors Around Food | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Doing colors for a restaurant is not the same as doing colors for the home. A restaurant is a place people spend money to eat, want to be jovial, want to be treated right and feel good in the environment they are paying for.
Colors must be inviting, pleasant, easy on the eye and meet everybody’s taste. In the home we can get away with blue and grey, not in a restaurant, unless the décor of the restaurant is done purposely in high-tech, contemporary, with exposed steel beams, glass, then it calls for cool industrial colors. If that is the case, lighting will be extraordinary to counter balance the office-type colors.

If food is good but people leave reviews about the lack of ambience, most likely it has to do with colors and décor. It was the case of this restaurant. The owner painted walls/ceiling grey and black, added black tables and grey chairs thinking the modern, clean look, linear design would be suiting to people, but the space originally was not planned to be an industrial style.  Apparently, their customers did not like it a bit, thus the owner called me, the Queen of colors, to find solutions for this place that looks more an office for geeks, than a restaurant.

The first thing I want to git rid of is the black fascia at the ceiling line, it makes the place really heavy like a hood. I substituted it with a view of a street lined up with restaurants scene. At least it is a colorful and happy scene, people sitting across from that wall, will have something interesting to look at, instead of a black wall.

Colors of the entire establishment will change to sunny colors. I think eating in a public place is an experience that engages all the senses, not just the papillæ buds. One wants to look at beautiful décor, soak in the ambience to feel relaxed, enjoy the fire if there is one, taste wines that will encourage conversation, be under a beautiful lighting that enhances the food and gives a glow to people’s faces. A successful restaurant must think of all these elements as one more thing to offer with good food. Why people would spend money to go out to eat, if the restaurant is less attractive than the ambience at home?

Below is the previous black wall, now decorated with a scene on panel printed digitally.

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This is the previous black wall and grey ceiling as it was.

 

These are the colors I have chosen, with other décor to beautify the place. The look I am trying to achieve is a shimmering effect of seeing and not seeing through mirrors and transparencies. I want mirrors on the walls with colorful mosaic frames. Illuminated glass turtle for a funky décor, will appear as if the turtles are walking the walls. Travertino stacked stones and glass blocks will decorate an area to hide workers in the kitchen. Wood panels (in my drawing) with  mirror insets will divide a few areas in the dining room. The holes with the mirrors are large, medium, small for a playful game and will reflect various areas and not just faces.

 

The work will be done in stages, due to the foot traffic the restaurant has every day. I hope to see the work finished in no time. 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 on-line design consultations through Skype and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world.  She is the author of three books, all-available on
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A Good Interview In New York | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

The week starts with Monday and my week started with a good interview.
Star Host Rick Delgado interviewed me for a radio show in New York “The Professional’s Roundtable” at All Business Media FM.

(photo of Rick Delgado from http://www.AllBusinessMediaFM.com)

 

Rick Delgado interviewed some notables, just to name a few:
Steve Martin
Rhiana
Mayor Gavin Newsom (Mayor San Francisco, CA)
Adam Ferrara (Top Gear)
Barry Williams (Greg Brady/Brady Bunch)
Jim Breuer (Saturday Night Live)
Hall & Oates
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show)
Mario Cantone (Sex & the City/The View/Match Game)

And now should I consider myself one of them? Here is the link to my radio interview, if you would like to listen to:

http://allbusinessmediafm.com/archives/valentina-cirasola-07-02-18-interior-and-fashion-designer/

The interview was about my activity as a designer in both fields of home interior and fashion.
I guess, when they found me searching the internet, the duality of my business struck their attention, they might have thought it is not common to find a designer who comprises two activities under the same business. Actually, it is not that difficult.

Designing my way has only one verb in common: Build.
In designing a home, I take care of lines, shapes, forms and colors, just the same as designing a personal image with clothes. I build these elements adding harmony and balance to make an appealing result, which is easy on the eyes and favorable to each personality I worked for. Nothing to it, especially when I have done it for decades and I was exposed to style since a young age.

Interview here:
http://allbusinessmediafm.com/archives/valentina-cirasola-07-02-18-interior-and-fashion-designer/

I am very grateful All Business Media FM in New York found me and I am grateful for the honor to have been interviewed by Rick Delgado.
It was a great experience being on the air with him. Now, I just have to wait for some good results. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com 

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior and Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She blends fashion and interior business well in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to create the unusual, as much as she likes to restyle people’s images. She is a story-teller and finds inspirations everywhere to write her stories. She needs your story to design your dream, whatever it might be. She is a public speaker, a mentor and author. Check out her books on
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