Tag Archives: Italy

Loft Love – Casa Olivi

Feeling loft love today…and this one is exquisite.  A journey to Italy brings us to the Casa Olivi.  This gorgeous minimalist loft was designed in a 300 year old farm house.  The breath-taking design was done by Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jerome de Meuron, who I feel did their finest in keeping the architectural details of this house intact.

I absolutely love the rough stone and brick walls that vault to the second floor. Every room opens out with arched doorways bringing in 360 degrees of lush Italian country-side views. A kitchen so minimal and clean. Unbelievable.

Second floor bedrooms with gorgeous white fixtures and windows that open to the view. Peaceful and lovely. Love the wood beamed ceiling.

One of the best parts about this loft: the outdoor terraces for relaxing and entertaining. And check out the view with those rolling hills. Sigh*

The terrace area features this unique infinity pool…This loft is available for holiday let.

Anyone care to go to Italy with me?

More of this gorgeous loft via Loftenberg

Romantic Apartments from Around the World

Love the simplicity and homey feel of this romantic apartment in Venice that overlooks the Grand Canal.  via: Venice Apartments.org

The marble…the furniture….the flowers….all speak of romance….found in this luxury condo in Vallejo, California.  via: American home guides.

My favorite in this selection….a Paris apartment found on writer Claudia Strasser’s blog The Paris Apartment.

A cool, luxury London flat that feel comfortable and romantic. via: HouseTrip.com

Simply romantic…this New York City apartment bedroom with simple tones and comfort. (Okay, so the anchors may not speak romance here, but we still like it!) via: House Beautiful

Artistic Transformations – Chandeliers

I’ve found that even the smallest spaced apartment is not unworthy of a bit of  artistic transformation, and one can do this by simply hanging a fun chandelier over the dining room or living room.  They add a great highlight, and, like these two examples from Italy Design, can become great conversation pieces.

This inexpensive candle chandelier from Ikea holds 10 candles. No electric wiring required! and it’s only around $30.

One the more traditional side, this Portfolio 4-light Bronze chandelier can be found at Lowes for under $200. We love the Tiffany glass style.

But if your heart is more eccentric, perhaps you’d like this…

the Chrome Light Stellar Chandelier from Lighting Universe.  Pricey, but stellar!

Rome Delights the Eye

Check out the beautiful architecture from one of the most traveled-to cities in the world… Rome.

With this wondrous city being a major tourist attraction and inhabited by millions of residents, space here, of course, is at a premium.  (About $5,000 a month for something really nice…)

If you love art, this is the place to live. As a neighborhood, Piazza Navona’s atmosphere is full of artistry, small boutiques, restaurants and bars, street cafes, and a mix of all age groups. The beauty in architecture refreshes the eye.

Images: www.rome-accom.com and  marilyngelfandphoto.com