Glow | Valentina Cirasola | Designer and Author


Sleepy life in the afternoon glow has its charm.
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I had forgotten how it was to slow down life activities in the afternoon for a relaxed siesta, until I went to Albuquerque on business and experience it again. The Old Town is just as I had envisioned: Abobe style architecture, earth colors, brick sidewalks, natural stones, row hides, pleasantly warm weather, friendly people and sleepy corners glowing in the golden light of the afternoon. Memories of the past came back when I saw Guajillo Peppers drying in the air. My grandparents used to dry the same peppers and they weren’t Mexican. I guess drying earth summer bounty was a way to ensure good food for the winter as well. I find a common denominator in various cultures and drying or canning food for the winter is one.

I am observing the Adobe style and how I can reproduce some details in a different climate and environment. Colors here are warm, mostly ochre, sandy, green and turquoise, while brown dominates. Here, the light is different from the area I live, we are at 5000 ft of altitude, the air is thinner, the golden glow in the air is enveloping, it adds to the quiet and slow life. I feel the vibrations of this spiritual land.

The lintel beam over the iron gate is very appealing to me as a rustic garden feature, especially when the opening leads to another glowing garden vignette with colorful flowers. This is the rectory’s courtyard of San Felipe de Neri Historic Church built in 1793 in the Old Town Albuquerque.

Yellow fits in the brown like two peas in the pot.

I sat here between flower beds for half hour and saw the world going by. I can feel the earth’s vibrations in this old town. In that glowing atmosphere of a warm afternoon, I actually learned from my silence and the quiet around me. Every moment counts, live it in colors!



I returned home in the glowing afternoon, accomplished, full of ideas and happy.


Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValValentina Cirasola is an Italian interior designer in business since 1990. She is passionate about colors and all expressive arts. She is a “colorist”. To her, selecting art means to bring out the best energy of her clients and nourish their soul. She trots the world and loves writing travel notes, from which she draws inspiration to design her interiors. She is the author of her book on the subject of colors: ©Red-A Voyage Into Colors available on




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