Be Inspired In My Design Universe | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Watching people getting marriage proposals, getting serenaded, playing neighborly bingo, and singing from balconies in Europe has been my latest divertissement. Me, I am OK being quiet on all fronts, blogging, on social platforms and with my design work. It’s even hard to write when there is no life around us. I am keeping in touch through video calls and messages with people who had disappeared from my life and I am happy to know they are all alive and kicking.

As the world turns, days have become all the same, Sundays, Mondays or Friday are all mixed in as if making a cake. I am allowing myself to feel what I feel in this strange situation, instead of beating myself up for not being a superhuman and not producing as I did a few months ago. Some days, I do see a glimmer of light and I think rebirth is approaching, it will be better than ever before when it will happen, I am excited already.

Due to the closing of many businesses, I can’t even produce TV shows in the studio with cameramen and the whole crew of technicians, we are still on the social distancing mode for a little while longer ☹️🥺.  I miss being in the TV studio, preparing the stage and the shows. I thought why not bringing online the same shows? I started a mini-series called “Inspiration From…” My guests are varied and speak about their trades, specialties or quirks.

Click on each photo to view the show or click on each name to visit their web homes.

The first guest was a young Ballerina, Paola. She catapulted me and the audience in her fascinating world of classical dance and the glamour of theatre performances. She is very disciplined in how she spends her days and pursuing her dancing career goals. With her will, she can inspire the stones, if that is possible.

 

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Paola Ballerina

Author James J. Cudney IV talked about his art of writing. Is it challenging being an author of contemporary and mystery fiction? I believe it is. To produce these kinds of novels, one must include good drama and a good dose of suspense without giving out all the secrets until the very last page. Two of his books have been translated into the Portuguese language, how lovely. 😀

 

Author James J Cudney IV

Author James J Cudney IV


How can the day not be delightful with a chef on board? 
Chef Rosa Mariotti makes extravagant fancy food look so easy and maybe they are to those who cook for passion or for work. Her food is spiced up with the right salts. Who knew so many salts from all over the world are available to us !!!!
Her food and her food photography are a huge inspiration, if you like to eat well like I do.

Rosa Mariotti

Chef Rosa Mariotti

A musician specialized in Renaissance music, Gabriella Perugini, performed on the show with a lute. She says a sound is a form of energy produced by vibrations, which in turn are caused by the movement of particles. The sounds she produces with Medieval and Renaissance instruments are multisensory, as she involves all the senses of the audience using scents, chocolate, flowers, poetry, paintings to amplify the experience.

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Musician Gabriella Perugini

Next week, my guest will be a sweet woman from London, England, Sandra Phillips, who is not in the fashion business but loves being in fashion her own way. She uses pre-loved clothes to make her own interpretation and then she produces a daily drawing of every outfit she wears. A fun way to see her style combination though each day. Instagram as DressIntoArt . She will inspire people to reuse and upcycle clothes while saving the environment and limiting child exploitation. I will post the link to her show next week.z

Sandra Phillips

Dress Into Art

 

Would you like to be in my Design Universe and be an inspiration to other people? The series “Inspiration From…” will continue only for a short while, please contact me if you like to participate. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. 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 few years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion.
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Inspiration From An Author | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

My Saturday started with an inspiration. Author James J.Cudney IV was a great guest on my online show Valentina Design Universe. I am starting a new short series of shows, called “Inspiration From…” for only a couple of weeks, to help people coping with the forced shelter-in and social distancing. The topics will be related to various fields, just to keep people interested. This is a tough time for everyone, I am doing what I can to alleviate the solitude we feel at this time.

James was a gracious guest, he is not camera-shy and a pleasure to listen to. Watch the show here.
He has a few books in the making and I hope we can see some of them by the end of this year. Perhaps, when he publishes the new book, he will return to the show.

I learned that when writing a mystery novel, it’s best not to disclose all the secrets at the beginning. That would be my downfall if I were writing a novel, it would be a short 3 pages novel.

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James inspired me to continue to write the two books I had started last year when I was launching  The Road To Top Of The World and Red – A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition, and I had to leave the half-written books in the funnel.

After the show yesterday, I prepared the dough for bread and focaccia for the week, while the dough was rising, I looked at the files of one of the two books and wrote two chapters. This morning on Sunday I wrote one chapter. Sometimes, we just need a little push from outside and for this, I will say thank you, James, you relieved me of my momentary torpor.

Who knows, perhaps the world was turning too fast and we all needed to slow down. I don’t want to get into political discussions, it’s pointless, the damage is done. However, I can say I was doing and feeling good the way I was turning before this pandemic. Now, I feel like a sack of potatoes without even one sprout growing.

My guest for next week has been infected with the coronavirus, she is so sweet, I wish her well and a speedy recovery.
If anyone wants to participate in my short online TV series “Inspiration From…” please contact me and we will have a show remotely on your favorite topic and you will talk how you can inspire others.
Stay safe, stay well. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. 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. Three 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.  https://valentinadesignuniverse.com
Get a copy of her books here:
Amazon and Barnes&Nobles 

Surreal Moments | Valentina Cirasola | Designer and Author

It looks so familiar, so Italian, clothes hanging on the balconies and food in the streets, it looks colorful and lively, doesn’t it? That’s the way it is usually in the alleyways of Italy. This time something changed all of that. I was in Italy before the coronavirus broke out. The virus was contained and isolated to China, people were traveling without restrictions, I thought it was safe to go to Italy, but after three days I was in the country, the virus broke out in the North region of Lombardy, then in only a week, it spiraled down to the South where I was. What I saw is exactly what you see in my photos: solitude, closed shutters, silence, no people, no tourists, shops closed, and merchandise unsold. Of course, shop owners are desperate. The North of Italy has been hit really hard with the coronavirus, a little less the South, but the government ordered the entire country to stay home in quarantine and avoid all contacts possible until finally, the virus will not have anyone to hit anymore.

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Balcony with shutters

The atmosphere is unreal and surreal, it seems as if something terrible has just happened and humans have left for another planet. I hear no noise, no music, no voices, no laughs, no one arguing. Kids proliferate in these alleyways but they are not there. Italian streets without rascals are lifeless. The mailman is going through the alleyways with a mask on his mouth leaving mail under the doors. In this old part of my hometown, there are no mailboxes, if someone is not home, the neighbors will take the mail, but at this time, the mailman is not getting closer to anyone and that’s the reason he is leaving the mail under people’s doors.

 

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Italian balcony with hanging clothes

Even though the sun is shining and the February weather is not particularly cold, the atmosphere is somber. I am walking with my head up in the air trying to spot a person with whom I can talk to. I cling to my coat and go on towards the fashionable downtown thinking perhaps it will be a tad different there.

 

Old Bari Balconies

Old Bari Balconies

Nobody will buy all these handmade typical food of the region, at least for a while. I bought some of it to take back with me to the US. My small contribution makes the shopowner smile, the limitation of weight in my luggage doesn’t allow me to take a lot more.

Typical Puglia Food

Typical Puglia Food

 

Puglia Food

Handmade Puglia Food

The coronavirus will pass, just like the bubonic plague of the 1600s and the Spanish flu of 1920s passed without medications and medical knowledge. The only thing that made those pestilences go away was social distancing, just as we are ordered to do today. Stay home, my friends, find something interesting to do, take this forced break to do something you have been wanted to do and had no time to do it. Read more books, perhaps write one of your own, it’s an exciting experience. Find a hobby, learn a new language with DuoLingo, sleep or make love, get your friends and family on video calls and catch up with them.  Spring is near, plant some new seeds and watch them grow. At this time, we can only plan our future and come back stronger after the virus is defeated.
Stay positive and healthy. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com 

 

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Valentina 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
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Solitary Benches | Valentina Cirasola | Designer and Author

 

Solitaire Benches

Solitary Benches

“Sitting here at these benches, I hear the voices of women telling tales of love and I can’t help listening to older people telling stories of a lived life.

I hear the crying of infants in buggies and feel the fatigue of the athlete resting for a moment catching his breath.

I hear the click of a camera and I feel the swish of dry leaves falling.

You looked lonely and I chose you, but I feel the vibrations of the stories you secretly keep, I feel the warmth of the sun that tempered you, the moonlight that painted your curves in silver, the rain that penetrated your wood and soaked it.

Sitting here at these benches, I wanted to wrap myself in your solitude, instead, I will carry your energy with me for several hours and my thoughts will be occupied.

So much noise you make…and yet you seemed lonely…like me!”

This is an excerpt from my next collection of thoughts, ebook:  ©The Drawer Of My Thoughts.

Have you ever felt this way? You sit somewhere alone and suddenly you feel the energy of someone else? It’s a weird sensation.

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Reingstorff House

Reingstorff House

This park is a nice one, quite wild but well kept, I don’t think is haunted. I exercise here, and a lot of other people do too. Canoes and paddleboats flow leisurely on a man-made lake, creating a relaxing atmosphere under the sun reverberating on the water.
The historical Rengstorff House is furnished in the Victorian style and opens its doors to events, weddings, and similar ceremonies.

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Paddleboats at shore

 

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Shoreline Bridge

I like to come here when everybody is closed in the offices. I listen to the voice of silence, it speaks to me loud and clear. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. 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. 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. Get a copy of her books here:
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The Evening Of Seven Fish | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

It was a long shopping the day before Christmas eve, from one fish market to the other to find the freshest fish, and then it was the longest day cooking the seven fish dinner on Christmas eve. The search was about finding langoustine, mussels, clams with a red tongue, razor clams, sea urchin, sea truffles, octopus, baby cattle fish, any bluefish for grilling, lobster, oysters and any fauna the Mediterranean Sea produces.
The sitting down dinner started at 6:00 pm and lasted close to midnight when we finished with a champagne toast, then church at midnight.
That was such a long ago in Italy in my parents’ home and it was the same in most of the homes in Italy. The celebration on Christmas eve was an incredible custom, we ate until our hearts were content and welcome the new spiritual Christmas light in our homes.
As it happens in all families, at one point kids leave the nest, when my turn came, I moved as well to build my life and all of that ended. My new-found friends could never eat a large amount of food and never had the time to be sitting at the table for so many hours. The Christmas celebrations took a different turn.

Somehow I maintained my tradition on a smaller scale. On Christmas eve, I prepare a few fish specialties and Christmas day is about meat. On the eve, caviar opened the dinner experience, followed by shrimps with fregola and dandelion cooked in a clay pot, cod and potato cakes, blue crabs, Christmas cookies, coffee, and Belgium chocolate with sea salt.

Caviar Crostini

Caviar and prosecco

 

Shrimps with Fregola and Dandelion

Shrimps with Fregola and Dandelion cooked in a play pot

 

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Cod Potato Cakes

 

Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs

 

 

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

This was sufficient for Christmas eve, Christmas day was a different experience, oh my! Everything was delicious and even though I feel like a blimp today, I am very happy. 😀
The end of the year requires courage, the Italian rule is to have 13 courses dinner, one for each month of the year and one extra to honor the new year 😱. This one is no longer my habit.
I hope your Christmas was good and serene. Ciao,
Valentina 

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books so far, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. 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. Three 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. 
Get a copy of her books here:
Amazon and  Barnes&Nobles 

 

My experience in a tailoring in Salento

It is my pleasure to reblog Paola’s post of her experience designing her first important tutu’ at Degas Tailor in Italy.
This is what the owner of the shop had to say: “It is always a big pleasure to dress beautiful and prepared ballerinas such as Paola. She is one of the Maestro Domenico Iannone’s pupils at Compagnia AltraDanza and a student of Maestra Sabrina Speranza at Unika School Academy in Bari. Paola reached a high level of grades performing at an international competition and she wore this candid white tutu’ made here at Degas.”
Brava Paola, you will go a long way! I wished I was there to see you wearing that beautiful tutu’.

Paola is very diligent with her training, very competitive, she is focused on her goals, and she is a high grades student in high school as well, but it is not enough.
As she rightly says, the ballerina school is very expensive and when only one person provides for everyone in the family, it becomes a huge challenge to continue her studies. She needs funds, let’s help her out, it’s Christmas, what’s one more gift? Here is the link to donate any amount: https://www.gofundme.com/f/continuation-of-my-dance-studies/donate
Thank you 🤗❤️

Paola, your lucky star is near, make sure you catch it when it falls off the sky. Wishing you a good rest of the holidays and a splendid year. With love,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Dancer Attitude

Hello everyone, in the past few months my life was on the high notes: I went to the Salento area to visit a tailor shop called “Degas” where you can create your tutù for ballet competitions or shows. It can be considered a normal dance shop because you can find ballet shoes, leotards, skirts, pointe shoes and all the necessary for every ballet dancer!😍 It seemed I was in another world!

Here, a beautiful and vibrant tailor showed me how to create a professional or semi-professional tutù.

First of all, she showed me which fabrics I want for this tutù. She asked me what kind of ballet opera I would like to do and I said: Aurora from “The Sleeping Beauty”. Then we started to create my tutù. I chose a white tutù with 7 veils and a particular lace with floreal decorations sewn by hand on tutù. Then I…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Party – Just One Wish – Guests, Food, Music and laughter

We all have unfulfilled dreams and keep trying to achieve them. If I look at my dream boards of the past years, I must say proudly that everything I wished for me I got it. I call it hard work, perseverance, and discipline, sure didn’t happen by chance or luck. However, one dream is still out there, floating in the universe, and I am still asking myself what would take to make it, until one day last month, Sally Cronin of the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine announced she needed only one wish from her followers to organize a Christmas party. I participated, “you never know, more times you put it out there, more chances you have for someone to see it” I said to myself. The Dream I Am Still Dreaming is mentioned here in Sally Cronin’s Christmas Party One Wish. https://valentinaexpressions.com/2019/01/16/the-dream-i-am-still-dreaming-valentina-cirasola-author-and-designer/

Thank you Sally, for showing me part of the solution to realizing my dreams, a Coop might be the way to go, just like in the video. You are a very special person. I hope your Christmas is special and the New Year splendid all the way through.
Valentina

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The theme for this year’s party is ‘Just One Wish’. We are all familiar with the story of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, who was pretty liberal with that magic wand of hers and managed to turn a pumpkin into a golden carriage.

Unfortunately, she has long since retired and hung up her wand, but because I asked nicely (and she would like me to promote her memoir –The Prince Charmings I have Known!) she has agreed to allow my guests, just one wish…

My thanks to everyone who sent in their special wish and with a great deal of positive thought from us all, and of course a little assistance from the magic wand of the Fairy Godmother, they might just come true…

Please help yourself to food and drink and if you would like to dance on the tables… that is great. You will…

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