Summer Lazy Play | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Thank goodness for Summer. It is the only season that allows us to be lazy. The middle of summer is a perfect time for humans to slow down and recharge the batteries. We spend most of the spring working long hours, rushing from pillar to posts, facing challenges, raising the stress levels, and pushing our body to perform. Some people don’t or can’t take a vacation and do this grinding year after year without any rest. Europeans are very good at taking a yearly vacation, in fact, workers in any position are guaranteed a paid vacation, at least two weeks per year, some companies, and factories even close the month of August.

Two boats

I am giving myself permission to be lazy, with or without the virus, Summer is a season to live slowly, go away, hopefully somewhere nice, soak the sun energy, and work smartly. We cannot be productive by working all the time without the proper rest, and I don’t mean the weekend relax.

Since social distance is still required, actually here we are on half lockdown again, most businesses are still closed, people have vanished, matter as well take care of my exercise. I am taking 3-4 miles long walk every day at various parks, where usually I am in total solitude, with occasional ghosts looking like people.

During my walks, I get to think a lot about the design program I am writing for online consumption and the days I am spending in my cozy garden, how I can improve the land to work for me more, and how I can design extra vignettes with cute furniture or accessories. Gardens are supposed to be playful and humorous.

I found at Grandinroad this bistro table and chairs made of weather-resistant teak. The advertisement says: “Beauty for seasons entertaining”. The carved tropical flowers caught my eyes, I think the set is attractive and versatile, I would use it even as a breakfast set in the kitchen, or near a window, after the summer is over.



From the same company, I found floral snack bowls and stands in different shapes and colors I would like to add to my collection. There is nothing more I want to see besides colors. They are helping me at this time keeping a high spirit.

Floral Snack Bowl Stand

Floral Snack Bowls and Stands – Grandinroad

What’s new in your Summer? Are you doing something special? Most of all, are you resting enough to reset your organism? You will be thankful when September comes and have renewed energy to face the rest of the year.

This past half of the year has been very stressful for everybody. Now, more than ever, we need colors, rest, and healthy food. Ciao,
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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 finding creative solutions. She offers online design consultations through Skype or Zoom and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world.  She is the author of five books. Amazon and  Barnes&Noble 


Report In Summer Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
Which of the 2017 Pantone colors do you like to wear this summer? Primrose Yellow, Pink Yarrow, Flame, Lapis Blue or Hazelnut? These bright and bold colors will completely put you in a bright light and finally leave out the winter hibernation behind.

Soft colors, neutrals and dusty colors, Bohemian patterns and crochet garments paraded on all runways this year. It was all about the ‘70s revisited and how to wear old ideas, such as bell bottom pants in a new way. Crochet is in the spot light this year, as the new texture and even though it is an ancient art, only a few people today know how to master it. New crochet garments are versatile, feminine, wearable for many occasions, romantic and chic, as they soften the look and hide parts of the body we don’t want to show. I particularly have become attached to dusters and shoulder wraps and I have made a big production for my online Etsy store, all sold out.

Colors speak about you. Let’s say you create an outfit with Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow and Hazelnut, what do these colors say about you?
Lapis Blue is linked with positivity, calmness, loyalty and peace, indicates that you’re a trustworthy person.
Primrose Yellow is a sunny, energetic, vibrant and happy color.  Not many people feel confident in yellow. I heard a few people saying yellow makes the face look like yellow jaundice. Yellow tells others that you’re confident and like to receive attention. It’s very welcoming.
Tan – show that you’re down to earth, as all the variations of brown do. It tells you are emotionally stable, grounded, dependable, trustworthy and honest.

Here is my composition of an outfit you can wear this summer using these colors. Basically, I am suggesting a couple of ways to wear this outfit and a great way to cut the clutter in the wardrobe. With one beige pants, you can wear the tank top belted or not, or in alternative with a dressier shirt. Dress the outfit up or down with peep toe shoe or loafer, with or without the crochet jacket, or a longer crochet duster. The blue bag matches the blue jewelry.
This ensemble is perfect for work or for a day of shopping. (Click on the photo to view it larger).

Find all these items in my list of sources.
Summer Crochet Jacket by Valentina –
Tapered Pants – Ann Kein $79
Yellow Tank at
Blue Asymmetrical Jewelry – Etsy Daniela Palatnik
Blue Belt –
Peep Toe Shoes – Kate Spade $298
Yellow top with volantes –
Blue Bag – Chloé Marcie Bag
Bohemian Belt by Valentina –
Yellow Loafer – Aerosole DSW $60

Look sharp even when is hot, but keep in mind your skin tone. If your hair is brown, dark brown, or red and your skin has a warm tone, choose all the warm colors including red, yellow and orange. If your hair is blonde, black, or ash and your skin is light, or pinkish, choose al the cool tone colors including blue, green and purple. Look sharp even when is hot. Ciao,


Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


I am Valentina, a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style has surrounded me since the very beginning of my life. My many years of experience in design business led me to offer consultations in both fashion and interiors, so much so that I can remodel homes as well as personal images. I am passionate about colors and I encourage my clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. I am the author of three books, one of which is a book on color theory: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors available on

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