Precious Stones For Any Home |Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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As customary every month I send to my clients and people in my sphere of influence a tip of the month, suggestions, useful information, updates on new trends, new building codes or rules and basically anything that concerns homes, building a home, remodeling/addition ideas and practices for a good living.


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This month, I want to bring to your attention a new solution for countertops made of semi-precious stones, such as Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Tigers-Eye, Jasper, Fossil Woods, Malachite, Pyrite, Obsidian, Sugilite, Quartz just to name a few.
Imagine covering a small vanity counter fabricated in one of these semi-precious stones, it would be a sculptural dream! As alternative, imagine using them as an accent in some parts of the kitchen, perhaps on the backsplash. The result is an art form of its own kind and of course it adds value to any property. The application of these semi-precious stones is limitless, from bars, vanities and counter tops to wall art, frames, shelves and fireplaces; from desks and table tops to light-traffic flooring and staircases; perfect for yacht cabins.


(Photo found on: http://drytech.ru/goods_catalog/izdeliya-iz-natural-nogo-kamnya)

I am a Designer well-known to bring originality to people’s homes. Should anything like this strike your fancy, I would like to be the one to give you these special solutions ready and available to me. As an Italian designer and true to my origins, I provide only the best workmanship and design solutions.

Please forward this article to anyone you think might be interested in reading it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thank you.
Designed regards,
Valentina
In business since 1990 and not counting.
www.Valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe.
She “is a woman who knows her stones”, says Gentry Magazine. 
Author of the book: ©Come Mia Nonna–A Return to Simplicity
Amazon http://goo.gl/xUZfk0
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Author of the forthcoming book on the subject of Colors

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Dress With Art | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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“Dress With Art” is the password of this year unfriendly economy.
Luxury is not a thing of the past yet, but people are spending less. We are all rediscovering quality and we are buying items that are going to last longer, thus we will be throwing away less.
Looking at magazines of the ’40 my mother left in her attic, I am discovering one pattern common to all. The world was at war then, women could not afford many dresses and outfits. To make themselves look rich, abundant, elegant and to give the impression the war did not affect them, a lot of lipstick and make-up was used, in fact, cosmetics houses were booming. Women closets were not filled with an overabundance of dresses and outfits. Dresses were the same all year round, just worn differently.  To keep a fresh look on the one and only dress women-owned, they would sew it in many ways, they turned it inside out a few times during the year, or they added details, like belts and collars one time and sparkles the next time.

Studying the trends of the end of 2009 and the trends of 2010, it seems we are returning to the ’40 again. Many people I know are returning to sewing and to customize their own clothes (it is so refreshing to see creativity walking in the streets again, versus the same look everywhere) and many people are encouraged to economize on many fronts. Old values are coming back, it boils down to what matters the most.
While people are thinking of creative ways to spend their money, fashion designers are having fun bringing back old comfort. Gloves and hats are reappearing on the scene, just like Donna Karen’s padded shoulders and red lipstick presented last year in Paris and New York (thank you for femininity again). Laura Biagiotti invented a collection named LaurArt in the year 2007, to tribute her collections of futurist’s art paintings. Greek fashion creator Mary Katrantzou focused on vintage fatisse bottles of perfumes of big houses (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Guerlain …). She adopted the distinctive shapes of these famous bottles to outline women’s bodies.

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(DesignBoom – Mary Katrantzou dresses – women in perfume bottles)

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“Dress With Art”  as a concept has entered the home too.  People are buying affordable luxury items making sure it will provide the same comfort and ambiance with one added thing: durability.  Many people are considering authentic vintage and old pieces of furniture to be re-faced with an artistic flair. I see much Classicism mixed with some contemporary pieces, competing with strong classic elements in the architecture.
Kitchens are more and more the heart of the house, in fact, people are cooking more at home than eating out and grocery stores are booming.
Bathrooms continue to represent the cocooning and the spa at home for relaxation with every possible gadget and novelty: chromotherapy, aromatherapy, music, entertainment, fireplace and fridge for champagne.
With digital art on wallpaper, walls don’t have to be painted anymore, they can be covered with unique digital art, which is waterproof, mold proof, no glue, or water needed. Do you fancy the look of a Roman bath? Find a scenery that suits you, the experts will transfer it digitally on paper. Do you paint art as a hobby, or as a  profession? You can have your own art transferred digitally on paper for your own enjoyment. Until you get tired of that scene, the walls don’t have to be painted ever again.
The 2010  trends continue to carry colors on the walls that are emulating the metal finishes, with an aged, hammered or burnished texture, perfect with a neutral palette. Beautiful artistic walls can be created.  The new concept of a functional home is not to overstuff it with lot of nonsense dust collectors, but to have only what matters the most.
Valentina

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Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValentinaValentina  Interiors & Designs is an Interior and Fashion design firm.
Valentina, the principal designer, and owner is a trained designer and has been in business since 1990. She works on consultation and produces design concepts for remodeling, upgrading, new homes, décor restyling and home fashion. Valentina has been featured in Italy on: “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California. She also has made two appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15.

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 Author of the forthcoming book on the subject of Colors

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Deconstruction And Recycle Versus Demolition | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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A few homeowners are aware of the tax benefits they may receive by donating the fixtures, doors, windows, lumber, entire kitchens and baths.
Owners are frequently eligible to receive a tax deduction for donated material, significantly reducing the cost of deconstruction. 85% or more in an average deconstruction job can be salvaged and reused or recycled.

People are redirecting their attention to home and family, their are going out less and creating home entertainment/theatre room. HDTV and computer with sexy lines are selling well.

Electronic recyclingYou have decided you don’t need your old box TV or huge computer monitor anymore, so why not be environmentally responsible, get it out of your house and recycle it? Companies like Waste Management and LG Electronics offer nation-wide recycling programs for unwanted electronic products at 150 designated “eCycling Centers” across the country. Visit http://www.lgusa.com/green to find out more about the programs near you.
Now, what challenge do you have in your home with electronics? Ask me how to decorate with new equipment and your new digital lifestyle, I can help you in planning your space and your media room.

(Photo found on: http://www.tutorcasa.it/elettrodomestici/televisori_ecologici_htm-708.html)

Please forward this article to anyone you think might be interested in reading it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thank you.
In service and with love.
Valentina
www.Valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a passion for kitchens and cooking. She operates in the USA and Europe. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine grottos. Published Author of three books.
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Hello World! | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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Hello World, Happy New Year and Happy New You!
The festivities are over, guests are gone, the Christmas decorations are gone and left a hollow space, outside is kind of cold and grey. How do we pick a cheerful mood again? Redecorate and make any space, or the entire home ready for the Spring. Now, is the perfect time to get rid of all those items that have occupied a space in your home for a long time and donate them.
Redefine conversation areas with a new throw rug and colorful pillows on the seating. Reupholster a sofa, or chairs in a new fabric and give them a new life. Rearrange and rotate all of your art work on the walls. When you take out art work that has been in the closet for a while, it looks new and interesting again, but if you really don’t like it anymore, refresh, free your closets from clutter and donate.

Refresh the walls by painting them with vivid and cheerful colors welcoming the Spring. Rotate your furniture too and pick up chairs and accessories from other rooms to mix and match as you like. Rooms don’t have to look the same year after year. By doing this, you create a flow of positive energy in your home.

 

Add fresh flowers in each room and plant cooking spices that you can keep in pots inside the kitchen window and use them for a new fresh cooking style.
Clean all your windows inside and out and wash the curtains.
Decorate your front door landing with a variety of new pots for new plants and garden ornaments.
Reclaim dead spaces. If you need more storage space in your home, there are many areas people don’t think of using.
For example, the part underneath a stair case can be filled with shelves and drawers, add decorative doors in the front and you have an attractive storage room that now has become an integral part of the room.

Bookshelf spaces of 6″ to 8″ can be created all around doors. I love to see books in every corner of the house, I place them everywhere, not just in the library room.
The space under a window can be used to create a built-in banquette seat with storage capacity inside for blankets, toys and sport gears. Fill the top of the banquette with decorative pillows and nobody will ever know what’s inside.
Clean and polish all your shoes, why? They look good and it is a new year!
What I am saying is, celebrate every day of your life, not just December with all the Christmas lights, glitters and decorations. Every day is equally precious.

Please forward this article to anyone you think might be interested in reading it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thank you.

Valentina
Interior Designer
Website: www.Valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior and Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She combines well fashion and interior in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles.
Fashion designing has been her first career choice that made her happy in her own company for fifteen years.
Author of the book: ©Come Mia Nonna–A Return to Simplicity
Booksite: outskirtspress.com/ComeMiaNonna
Author of the forthcoming book on the subject of Colors

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