In Tune With Fall | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

I get excited every season when I see the new Pantone color palette released. You might say: “colors are colors and you see them all the time, especially in your work. What’s there to be so excited?” Well, I must say I don’t get to see that many colors in my clients’ home. I get to see the usual neutrals in all the tints and tones. It is just the same music season after season, if you know what I mean.
I have converted people to colorful homes, but it has been a hard process. On the hand, I do see colors in the clothes they wear and make me wonder why often their homes are totally the opposite, colorless. The answer might lay in the fact that everyone leads a frenetic life, but once home, they want to feel calm and relaxed. I go with that, after all, we have different needs. In my home I want to feel happy and get up to cheerful colors. To add colors in some of your spaces it doesn’t have to be risky or difficult and colors do not have to be in your face either. My way  is to illuminate the rooms with colors.

(Photo credits for each piece of furniture and fashion items are given to the respective owners)

Just for the sake of color argument, I put together a few boards to show how easy it is to decorate and to get dressed with the same colors of Fall 2014. I find the colors of this season being very appealing for any kind of skin, warm tones, wearable and livable.

Pablo Neruda once said: “Slowly dies the person who doesn’t risk, doesn’t change colors of dresses, doesn’t speak to stranger……”

Changing the colors of your environment will change the energy of your life. Ciao,


Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val WorkingValentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in 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 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.




Flirtatious Clothes | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aIt’s Friday Fashion at Valentina’s design. Do you agree that if we don’t dress for work or to cover our bodies, clothes should be flirtatious? I think so. You should dress first for yourself to look good for YOU because you like who you are, the way you are, then you should dress to please others whose compliments will boost your self-esteem. If we dress well and combine clothes elegantly with whimsy, people will notice it. Believe it, doors will open!

Every season I follow various fashion designers, everyone has his/her own interpretation of each upcoming season and they are fun to watch. For the next Fall 2014, I choose the line of an Italian designer Giambattista Valli. I find it very fresh, whimsical and wearable. The story of the scarf on the models’ head is the designer’s fantasy. He envisioned hard-partying women who the next morning wakes up with a huge headache for drinking too much the night before, takes the white napkins wrapped around a champagne bottle laying in the bucket and ties it around her head to go for a walk in the garden. All right, the story is pretty, but we don’t have to wrap our head in a kitchen napkin to go out the door, as you see the models in the slideshow. I imagine most of us have a different life than a fashion show.

I love the soft line for a whimsical look, the vertical stripes for elongating the figure and the transparency for flirting. I love the short pants underneath some of the transparent floral dresses with a cute jacket over it. I think the cascading flowers over the legs gives that effect of “now you see it and now you don’t” that is really sexy. My favorite is the Capri striped pants with the long skirt wrapped around and open in the front. It is smashing, a bit retro 1950s and I will do it.

If you like this look and without taking anything away from the designer, can you make adaptations to some of your clothes to achieve this look? If you have a long skirt, can you lift a corner of the skirt up to a certain point, pin a large brooch and expose part of your leg? Go ahead be flirtatious with clothes, it is in our nature and I can help you with that. Ciao,

Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Cappello GialloValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe. Born in Italy in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on

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