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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Venetian Interiors

Welcome to Venice, Italy, one of the most romantic cities in the world!  Travel with me as we view the extraordinary interior designs of some private homes in Venice through the eyes of Giuseppe Molteni, one of Europe’s most respected photographers and world renowned architect, Roberta Motta.   Today I will share with my readers their new book, Venetian Interiors with text by Nicoletta Del Buono.  My special thanks to Daniel Melamud, publicist for Rizzoli International for allowing me to blog about this book and to the Sheffield School of Interior Design for their support of the design industry and for their “Venetian Interiors Rizzoli Book Giveaway Contest”.  

Classic, timeless design has always been a favorite of mine.  I saw the beauty in this room and I could imagine what it would be like living there.  But little did I know that my comments would win me this lovely book.  After reading the story of the revival of this home, I knew that I chose the right room.  Madame Architect didn’t see a moldy room or paint peeled walls, she saw only the light pouring in and she imagined what she could turn the home into.  That is what it is like to be an interior designer.  And so I would like to share some of the highlights of this book with my readers.  

This particular home of fabric designer Mirella Spinella is a converted lumber warehouse.  The open space of the warehouse is divided into three functional areas.  Foyer, living room and kitchen are set at different levels.  The bedroom sits above the living room and can be reached via a spiral staircase.  The eclectic interior design elements used in the room are from different period styles.

Many new architects are redesigning Venetian attics and lofts.  It is where many begin to reinvent their space by combining the old architecture style with modern architecture and design elements.

The beauty of Venice is reflected in its architecture.  Architects like Andrea Palladio designed beautiful buildings in the Roman and Greek tradition.

A collage of suitcases depicts the Venetian propensity for travel and returning home with mementos from other countries.

Since Venice is known as the City of Canals, gondolas were used to travel from island to island.  Boat moorings were color coded to represent the aristocracy of the families inside.  For example, these red and white striped mooring poles became the emblem of the barber/surgeon's profession.  Red stripes represented blood stained bandages and white stripes meant clean bandages.

Since Venice is known for its arts, I thought it is only fitting to show the home of DJ Spiller where high-tech electronics co-exist in these large rooms alongside frescoed ceilings and rocaille wood paneling.

I found the book, Venetian Interiors to be rich in heritage, history and culture.  It is a book that you peruse and savor every word.  Every photo has depth, color and texture woven throughout.  And the photography captures the essence of Venice, past, present and future.

If you would like to read more, please see my article on Venetian architecture and interior design.

Thank you for reading my blog.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  Please feel free to leave your comments. 

All images from Venetian Interiors © Venetian Interiors, Rizzoli, New York, 2012.  Serial rights are available as are images to accompany your coverage.  No images may be reproduced in any way, published, or transmitted digitally, without written permission from the publisher and are to be credited  © Guiseppe Molteni, from Venetian Interiors, Rizzoli New York, 2012.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Orlando Florida Energy Summit

Orlando, Florida - 2012 Florida Energy Summit by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

I have been watching the energy summit today and learned some excellent tips on how to green our homes:  Our lifestyle plays a key role in energy conservation.  Landscaping can be used to cool our homes through strategic placement.  Learning the simple technicques of the 3 R’s - reduce, reuse and recycle will affect the air we breathe and the water we drink and bath in.  Switch to CFL bulbs and save hundreds of dollars per year and help reduce our energy use.