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December 28, 2010

I am having a sale!

I am having a *****SALE***** at my CiaoItaly shop!!! End of the year clean-up, making room for new ideas kind of sale... Just enter code ITALIA2011 at checkout and you will get a 25% discount on your order!




Hurry! Sale ends January 1.
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December 25, 2010

2011 is almost here!

Dear readers,
Merry Christmas! Hope your holiday is blissful and happy.



Just wanted to share with you a quiet moment.
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December 9, 2010

On fire!


This is what December looks like in Southern California. We are still enjoying warm temperatures and sunny days. I am not complaining!

I miss taking pictures every day, I miss looking with open eyes, I miss having time of my own. I know I will be back to my old creative self after the renovation is done, and I am looking forward to that. I have a list that grows every day with projects to do around the house. We are doing a good share of the renovation ourselves, and it takes a little longer than expected.

We managed to set up the Christmas tree amongst the packed boxes, and there are lights shinning bright outside our house. I could fool anyone from the outside into thinking that I have it all together! I don't! I have not even started shopping! Help!

Off I go to paint a bathroom and install a sink... 

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November 24, 2010

Favorites this week

Not to bore you to death, I figured I should share some of my favorite things this week. No kitchen remodel items included! Those will come later...

I am reading Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes, I like its simplicity and the fact that I go back to Italy every time I open the book.

Taco Tuesday! Need I say more? Tacos at a dollar a piece, at many Mexican restaurants in town... YUM! I wish every day was a Tuesday...

KCRW, our local NPR radio station with its eclectic music and great programming. Check it out!

Calendars, calendars, calendars... so many beautiful choices, so little time... I have one in my store too.

My son enjoying the neighborhood again; riding bikes, climbing trees, running around... It is good to be back.
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November 20, 2010

Countdown

What do people do when they are late?  What do they do when they do not show up at all? They make excuses explain why they were not there when everyone expected them. Right? So, my dear faithful readers; I am sorry I have not been around, I am sorry but... I still have no internet, we still have no furniture, our kitchen has been demolished, and I am still running around trying to find the best appliances for our remodel.

But there is hope as I come bearing news! I have purchased the cabinets!!! We are using Ikea cabinets that we will assemble and install ourselves. I am so excited! We chose the Akurum-perfekt abstrakt in white (for the uninitiated I will add a gallery of images). Consumer reports rated Ikea cabinets as a best buy, and all the forums are bursting with good reviews for the product. You can't beat the price either!

Things are happening, not as fast as I would like, but they are happening... meanwhile we are eating very creative meals, and enjoying some of our sweet neighbors cooking. Next week will be lost, as our contractor and ourselves will be out of town. We hope to have a brand new kitchen to host some holiday fun. We will see.

As they say, an image is worth a thousand words. Enjoy!

Apartment Therapy house tour

Redneck Modern
Grassroots Modern





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November 12, 2010

One month!



We have been back in California for a whole month! We have seen the weather change slightly, with colder nights and windy days. We enjoy the sun filled days so typical of southern California. The Colombian in me doesn't like Winter. I don't like the cold, the snow, the short days. I grew up in a place where every day the sun rises and sets at the same time, where the trees always have their leaves, where there is always a plant in bloom and ripe fruit hanging from a nearby tree. Because Colombia is so close to the Ecuator, the temperatures remain the same year round. It is always hot the closer you are to sea level, and it cools down in the mountains. It is beautiful, and it is home.

I have learned to enjoy the seasons. Spring is always so beautiful after long winters, and the colors of Fall have no comparison. Yet, I feel homesick with every change.

Today, I am thankful for the beautiful, clear sky outside my window. Today, I am closer to home.


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November 4, 2010

A chair is a chair,

until it isn't.

I have found a new job! Well, I don't get paid really, and I end up paying others... but I believe it is my true calling to be a treasure hunter!

In the last two days I found and old venetian mirror, a pedestal sink, two mid century style chairs, and a possible Eames parchment zenith chair! Every single item in this list I found for a fraction of its value! I knew that all those hours browsing design sites on the web were good for something!

As a teaser, here is a really bad picture of one of the mid century replicas that I got. They are Cherner chairs look-alikes, but they are not the real thing. I don't care! I ADORE them, and I am keeping them.


What do you think? Do you like the style? Do you have information on it? Let me know in the comments please. 

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October 29, 2010

What I am doing with my time...

I am spending more time than necessary browsing through Apartment Therapy, Ikea Fans, Heath Ceramics, and my latest obsession, Craig's list.

Why? Well, we are going to remodel the kitchen! Yes! For the first time since I learned to cook, I am going to have a brand new kitchen! I am so excited about this! I have had some time to think about THE kitchen of my dreams, and I am enjoying the choosing and picking of tile, counters, appliances, cabinets, etc.

The best part about this project is that I have learned to be true to myself. Many people change things based on what is fashionable, or they follow their designer's or contractor's advice. I am not saying these options are wrong, they are just not the way I want to go.

Our little house was built in the "cape code" style. In California. I actually like the way the house and the neighborhood look. But I like clean lines and simple things around me. I don't want anything that is golden, dark, or ornate inside the house. This realization has allowed me to choose the things that I really love against the advice of many. I am making choices for us as a family and I am not making choices for an imaginary future buyer. There, I said it!

I will post pictures of our progress, and you can all come and comment as to how beautiful everything is. All right?

Have a happy weekend!
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October 26, 2010

Two things I am loving

Now that we are back in California, I'm looking at my surroundings with fresh eyes, enjoying what we have. I guess I am looking for the unique detail, the inspiring place, the things that make California MY California. One place that defines Southern California more than anything else is the beach. Did I ever miss the beach while living in Italy? I loved the lakes, but the small rocky beaches of the Pacific coast? They are a world onto themselves. Two weeks after arriving home, it was time to visit...


We went to the beach on Sunday, trying to catch some sunset magic to bring the day to a close. We walked to the tidepools, our barefeet on the cold sand, clouds and fog keeping us protected under their embrace. It was quiet and beautiful. I love the beach almost as much as the mountains. It was everything I knew it was, and more. I have to remember this feeling, the luscious landscape, the small details. I have to go back often.


This spontaneous outing of ours found us with our camera in tow. Husband was taking some close ups of a star fish and I was happily waiting for him to finish when I remembered that I had my hipstamatic with me! Well, the next best thing: the application for my iPhone. I can foresee many more outings for us two (my camera phone and I.)
I LOVE the results. Don't you?


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October 22, 2010

The places you will go...

It has been a long hiatus. I needed a break from everything to focus on the big changes happening this fall.

We have left Italy with a heavy heart but with the knowledge that we were fortunate to live there three wonderful years. We made friends that will be friends tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and the day after that. We have walked through ancient cities, we have shared meals and laughter, we have opened our eyes to a wider and special world.

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We have left Italy but Italy has not left us. So much was learned there, so many doors opened, so much inspiration drawn from the mountains and lakes that I believe us part Italian now. Our home deeply rooted in Colombia, with a wide and strong Californian core, blooming with Italian colors and scents.

We are back in beautiful California, and the warmth that has welcomed us is a good remedy for our longing. We are back home to good friends, friendly neighbors, open arms and endless possibilities. I am thankful for what we had and for what is to come. I feel I live a privileged life.

I wear the necklace pictured above every day. It is a good conversation starter, and it brings out the Italophiles around me. It is a beautiful thing!

I will be back soon to tell you all about our plans for the future. Ciao Ciao.
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September 30, 2010

#240 The end

The last one. I did not get even close to 365, but I have to say that the project helped me to open my eyes and really look! It has been a blast!
This image was taken in Milan, while having some grown up time with my friends. One of the many goodbyes I don't want to say...

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240/365 The end
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September 28, 2010

#239 My world in my hand


239/365 My world in my hand
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September 24, 2010

The rest of the year



Available in the shop now! A farewell of sorts...
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New calendar in my shop!

I am getting a little ahead of myself. I have finished the calendar but it is almost midnight, so I won't be posting it in the shop until tomorrow. I just want to give you a sneak peek.


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September 22, 2010

#236 It doesn't hurt

Not in my hand. There is a little pain though in witnessing the change of seasons as our life in Italy comes to an end. My 365 days in color is also ending this month. Closure.


236/365 It doesn't hurt
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September 21, 2010

#234 Where else?

I took this picture on Saturday while walking the fun streets of Amsterdam. What a city! I will have to come back one day. I think I could have taken one picture like this for every color of the rainbow... bike love.

234/365 Where else?
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September 20, 2010

An update

Looking back at my previous posts I realized that I have kept a secret from you dear readers. I have not told you that we are leaving beautiful Italy for beautiful California! We will be moving in October and you can imagine the state of my mind at this very moment.

If I had to use one word to describe what I am feeling, BITTERSWEET would be it.

I am so thankful for the time spent in Italy, for the inspiration, the friendships, the light, the food, the adventure, the discovery... I am looking forward to our time in California and all the good that awaits us there. I will keep you posted!

Now, some images from my 365 days in color, a flood of chartreuse to stimulate your senses.

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September 13, 2010

#229 Round n' round

This color keeps on finding me, and I am happy to oblige.

229/365 Round n' round
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September 12, 2010

#228 More color

Too much fun! I had to share another one from the colorful coffee shop.

228/365 More color
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September 11, 2010

#227 Layers

I have not been posting on the blog for a while, sorry! This one is the latest image of this month: an abstract composition captured while drinking some great espresso. A chair casting a shadow on its own surface. layers of color. LOVE it!


227/365 Layers
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September 8, 2010

#224 Iced lime

This composition sings to me... I keep looking at it and finding elements to love. I only wish I could see more of the wetness on the lime. I am liking this month even more than orange! A good farewell to a multicolored year.


224/365 Iced lime
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September 6, 2010

#222 Ground surprise

Looking down has its rewards. Great texture and color, with cool chucks courtesy of our cousin JP, who is visiting.


222/365 Ground surprise
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#221 Vespa love

We went searching for the perfect vespa for my husband. He has done so much research on them, and he wants an old one, in working order, restored... Oh the beauties out there take my breath away! I think we might have found the one (it is not this one pictured here). Cross my fingers.

221/365 Vespa love
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September 4, 2010

#220 Cone


220/365 Cone
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September 2, 2010

#219 September in my hand

A new month and a new color: chartreuse, which is a fancy way of saying yellow-green. This is the color that is most visible to the human eye. A good way to end my year of colors.

219/365 September in my hand
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September 1, 2010

Front page!

My life at the moment is a roller coaster ride (you know how much I enjoy those, right?) with so many things going on I had forgotten to tell you about my other new store!
It is interesting to see that there is still a lot of room out there for photography.
So, in related news, one of my images made it to Etsy front page! Hooray!


Please come by for a visit, and leave me comments or suggestions if you have them. It is just one click away!
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August 31, 2010

#218 Holding on!

Taken yesterday but to sick to post... I went to the doctor's and I have bronchitis! I am on antibiotics, and some narcotic that will help me sleep through the night (sleep through the night!)
Last day of August... Good bye orange, you were a favorite of mine!


218/365 Holding on!
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August 29, 2010

#217 Clock Compo

An easy one today, but an interesting one nonetheless. One of my favorite "design" objects in my home: Time Square by Nava Milano. A layer of shadows and some cropping make for an interesting composition.
Still fighting with jet-lag and with a bothersome cough... I am not feeling my best.

217/365 Clock Compo
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August 28, 2010

#216 Iguana

I know, I know... after my beautiful sunset this comes as a surprise. Right? I happen to think it is beautiful, with all those colors and textures, and the cool surfer necklace? I know!
I feel sorry for it too... to be subjected to a leash and a walk amongst hundreds of people... not cool.
I took this picture at the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica. The same spot where I took the picture of the tattooed arm. It is quite a place for one of a kind images!

216/365 Iguana
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August 27, 2010

#215 August sunset

Last night's welcome sunset! Breathtaking, right? Monte Rosa looks a bit like a volcano on fire! I am glad I am back home, enjoying every moment.



215/365 August sunset
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#214 As if

Just a little bloom from the garden. I am not feeling well, it can be jet lag, or I got a virus in one of the many planes... Oh well...

214/365 As if
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August 25, 2010

#213 Up and down in Amsterdam

We are back home in Italy. It took us a long time to get back: 5 airports, 3 long waits, 4 planes, 3 time zones, and not much sleep... I managed to remember my challenge. This is my first image with my brand new canon powershot SD1400, I am very happy with this small beauty!
213/365 Up and down in Amsterdam
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August 23, 2010

#212 SantaMonica Orange

While people watching in Santa Monica's 3rd street promenade, some incredible orange caught my attention. This very disjuncted image is a close up of a tattooed arm... Isn't it great?

212/365 SantaMonica Orange
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August 21, 2010

#211 Post and run


211/365 Post and run
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August 19, 2010

#210 DeeAnn's suntea

Back in our old neighborhood, visiting with my good friend DeeAnn. She makes her tea with the power of the sun. Love and a little bit of patience are the main ingredients of this brew. I love how she inspires me.


210/365 DeeAnn's suntea
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August 16, 2010

#209 Color and glass

A nice BBQ in beautiful California. The weather out here is bliss... It is nice to be back.


209/365 Color and glass
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August 15, 2010

#208 Swirl


208/365 Swirl
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August 14, 2010

#207 Skill

Another one from Cedar Point, but I have a good excuse! I was stuck inside a plane without my beloved camera all day! In addition my poor son has been sick for the last three days, we found out today that he has strep throat... antibiotics and lots of love were prescribed.


207/365 Skill
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August 12, 2010

#206 Prize

Another one from Cedar Point... colorful world it is at the amusement park!


206/365 Prize
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August 10, 2010

#205 On top of the world

Cedar Point. Ring any bells? It didn't for me until yesterday... This huge amusement park in Ohio is home to some of the greatest roller coasters rides in the area. With three 13 year olds in tow, we had to go. As you can see from the picture, I am not a roller coaster fan... I dislike them... I entertained myself with simple rides and picture taking. Lucky me, there was a lot of orange to be found.


205/365 On top of the world
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August 9, 2010

#204 Angels ride tigers

We went to see the baseball game in Detroit. To our delight the Tigers were playing the Angels (our home team from California)... of course my son and I were rooting for the Angels, while everyone else were decked in orange... Angels won! It was a lot of fun. The carousel sits inside the stadium, isn't it fun?


204/365 Angels ride tigers
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August 8, 2010

#203 Mermelada


203/365 Mermelada
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August 7, 2010

#202 State theatre

We are visiting friends in Michigan. Ann Arbor is a great university town, great architecture, restaurants and vibe. A neon sign like this I would never see in Italy.


202/365 State theatre
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