DON’T MISS | Italy | Portofino | Ristorante Puny | 24 February 2014
Check out this view…and that’s not even the best part of this restaurant. The fresh seafood and homemade pasta are out of this world.
STYLE MOMENTS | Chiavari, Italy | 23 February 2014
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”
María Rosalía Rita de Castro (1837-1885) Spanish poet
WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Italy | 21 February 2014
While I was in Italy art directing “The Brian Boitano Project,” I began to notice something peculiar. Everywhere I went, I saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
STORIES | Under the Ligurian Sun | 17 February 2014
The blog can’t seem to get out of Italy, because of all the questions that have come from viewers of “The Brian Boitano Project,” since it aired on HGTV.
One of the queries was, “Where did you stay during the house renovation?”
The answer is a charming town on the Italian Riviera, called Chiavari. (Pronounced “key-àh-va-rie” with a rolling “r.”)
On one side was the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea, and on the other, a majestic green mountain range, where Brian’s house was located.
STORIES | Guimauves pour la Saint-Valentin | 14 February 2014
STYLE MOMENTS | A house in Favale | 9 February 2014
EYE ON DESIGN | The Brian Boitano Project | HOW TO | Dining room pendant | 5 February 2014
If you’ve seen the posts about The Brian Boitano Project, you’ll know that I had the best job of my life as art director of the HGTV television show, about the renovation of a crumbling stone villa in the mountains of Italy.
One of the most asked questions regarding the details of the design is about the dining room pendant that Brian made out of a wine jug he found in the cellar of the house.
So, by popular demand, here is how Brian, and his contractor, Enzo Pezzolo, made that fabulous pendant.
STORIES | The Great Big Italian Feast | 31 January 2014
[A repeat performance of my post about the Italian feast we attended while we were in Italy filming "The Brian Boitano Project" for HGTV.]
It was like a movie. On the side of a mountain, just off a treacherously curvy road, the residents of the town of Favale di Malvaro gathered for a Sunday afternoon feast.
EYE ON DESIGN | HGTV | The Brian Boitano Project | Behind the Scenes | 25 January 2014
By now you’ll have seen the television show, and, as promised, here is my personal chronicle of Brian Boitano’s transformation of a 19th century stone house in the village of Favale di Malvaro, Italy.
He started by knocking down some walls.