Functional Shapes | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Baby boomers are downsizing, unmarried young adults can’t afford a large home and most often live in small apartments, space, today is a prime commodity. Manufacturers have understood this changing society decades ago and have made space-saving furniture, which are not only functional, but are also attractive and whimsical.

Decorating is all about finding the right ornamentation that will offer a comfortable living without sacrificing beauty and function even when one needs to downsize, transition in a new life or moving around from city to city. All my clients need a lot of storage in their furniture, coffee tables and side tables are a few of those items that must have a double function. Sometimes I can design and custom-built some pieces of furniture, sometimes it is simpler to find them in stores and some other times, furniture must be movable. I get to discover so many funky and useful items which meet my clients’ needs and personality.
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This wine barrel-style side table with leather top is big enough to function even as coffee table.

Drum table – Wisteria

I incorporated this drum table in the conversation corner of colorful family room design.

Spool side table with storage

Spool Side Table with Storage – Ballard

I have used the spool table in a colorful living room, between the love seat and a wing chair by the fireplace. A retro 1950s golden lamp sits on it.

Napa style wine crate coffee table. When open, it holds many bottles of wine, wine glasses, a few dessert/appetizers plates and has even a small drawer for cocktail napkins, when it is closed functions as a coffe table.

Napa Style – Wine Crate Coffee Table

The Napa style wine crate coffee table is here between the custom built-in media unit and the sofa. It will serve as a dining table for the small kids of this house and will hold wines and spirits for the adults.


Custom Designed and Built Media Unit – ©Valentina Interiors & Designs


Vaughn Nesting Tables – Wayfair

Vaughn Nesting Tables – Wayfair


The nesting tables are in this home office next to the Kilim chair under the Japanese rice paper lamp in a very eclectic room décor.


This end table is pretty funky with three drawers going in different directions and a clock printed on the front. It will be included in a retro 1950s décor.


Mixen end table – Wisteria


This end table stores bottles of wine and wine glasses, or books and magazines.

Heritage End Table With Storage – Wayfair


This is not all. We can choose from tables that can be larger when needed, sofa that become day bed, ottomans with storage, retractable shelves, revolving cabinet units and so much more. Transitioning in a new space, or a new life is all about prioritizing what is really important to keep or to get rid of, the rest is about creating a pleasing functional life in smaller places and still have an organized harmony. Ciao.


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



Zodiac and Design | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Welcome to my personal A to Z Challenge on the subject of Home. The goal, in a year’s time, is to elaborate and dissect topics regarding the Home not as containers of stuff, but as a cocoon for the soul, mind, and heart. I will touch on decorations, style, trends, history of the home and sometimes technical information. In two days my challenge will be over.

Decorating with zodiac signs is the same as decorating in any situation. A successful designer must know the client’s personality, needs and wants before starting a project and romancing a room. Knowing the traits, character and colors of each zodiac sign will help a designer planning a suitable and harmonious life for clients. For the month of January, the sign is Capricorn, Dec. 22 – Jan. 19, but January is not finished yet, therefore Capricorn takes some traits of the next sign or vice versa. Aquarius starts from Jan. 20 to Feb. 18. As you can see every sign towards to end takes some traits of the next sign. Let’s see what are the traits of a Capricorn and what colors this sign likes to thrive in.

Capricorn - Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Capricorn – Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Element: Earth
Ruling planets: Saturn
Symbol: Goat

This is the sign of the high rollers, proud business achievers, but also like a quiet life. A Capricorn must balance work and play; otherwise, work can literally replace their personal life. The ruling planet is Saturn, which represents hard work, responsibilities, and ambitions. Saturn makes a Capricorn a great organizer. Decorating for a person under this sign is important to plan an environment where he/she can feel totally organized and orderly. Success, money, status, and authority motivate them. Love doesn’t take a second place, everyone needs love, but a Capricorn’s idea of love is to have someone taking care of him/her.

Black colored clothes, stark and plain colors fill the closet of Capricorns. Perhaps because they are born in the middle of winter when days are shorter, the light is not very bright, it’s cold and rainy and in some parts of the world snows heavily. Capricorn is an earth sign, therefore, likes earthy tone colors as well: brown, khaki, beige, terracotta, burgundy and green, then hues of white, white and black, white and blue. This is valid for fashion they wear and for home décor colors. No weird colors for this person! As an earth sign, Capricorn also likes stone floors, bricks, terracotta tiles, slate but they must be all polished due to that sense of organization and the clean look Capricorn likes. Being a serious, traditional person, always elegant and aware of time as an entity not to be wasted, the style best suited for this person is classic and antiques. A soul of a Capricorn is fulfilled when in the room there is a grandfather’s clock and mahogany, oak and walnut furniture, carved pieces, velvet or heavy upholstered furniture.

The sign of Capricorn ends on Jan. 19 and on Jan. 20 Aquarius starts. Let’s see what Aquarius likes.

Aquarius - Jan.20 – Feb. 18

Aquarius – Jan.20 – Feb. 18

Element: Air
Ruling planets: Uranus
Symbol:  Water Bearer
Character: Aquarius is high frequency, unique and original people

People of this sign are outgoing and amiable. Aquarian attract friends and stay loyal to the friends they make. They are innovative and non-conformist people, often described as eccentric. Aquarius’s symbol is the “Water Bearer”, obviously Aquarian lean toward bluish/green tints and all the colors of the ocean and sky. They prefer these soft colors because are calming and encourage inspiration.

The color blue has cooling healing properties, it will calm angry emotions and reduce elevated blood pressure, just like when we look at the sea we feel immediately relaxed. The color green is a color used to balance emotions and restore harmony with the mind and body. As a soothing color, it helps healing conditions of the heart. Aquarian should incorporate these colors into their home décor and in their wardrobe to counteract any negative energy surrounding them and stay away from bold, bright colors that will put them off-balance.

(Free wallpaper zodiac signs)

Being a very social person who likes gatherings with friends and family, an Aquarian needs to plan a space that seats as many people as possible. Therefore a sectional sofa is better than a few single seating and a round dining table to seat a lot of people because the shape of the circle is very convivial. What if an Aquarium for various reasons chooses not a large space to live? The better solution will be to find space-saving furniture, stackable furniture, tables with extensions, sofa bed and chairs that function as stools as well. This solution suits Aquarian well, as they like minimal furnishing and uncluttered spaces, glass, metal furniture, quirky style, gadgets, and the latest high-tech equipment.

I purchased the coffee table in the photo below for a client with space restriction. The glass table comes with 4 wedge stools that tuck underneath the coffee table and come out when needing extra seating.


coffee table with stools chairs


In the bathroom, which is the natural room for water, the blue hues can be mixed with complementary colors like pale yellow, pearl gray, pale green and light pink and all the colors of the under the sea world. Aquarian is also very creative and needs spaces with a lot of natural light, give them unblocked views where they can see the infinite of the horizon and they will be very happy.

Knowing the zodiac sign of each new client helps me doing a better job like magic things come together without frictions or arguments and the question at the end is always: “how did you know?”. Ciao,

Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValentinaBlueStampValentina 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.

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