Antique Expert and Gallery Store Owner, Elio Ferraro’s Apartment in Florence is busy, lively and interesting. I particularly love the balcony.
“Interested in discovering different cultures travel was an on-going preoccupation for Elio which led to countless art and fashion discoveries now amassed into an extremely eclectic and impressive personal collection. Beauty is found within the walls of his tranquil home in the historical centre of Florence; somewhat of an island or refuge. Rich colours and individual objects become united, presenting an awe-inspiring integrated environment.”
I was browsing through Pinterest and came across some of the most beautiful abandoned houses and it got me thinking about homes and what goes on inside a happy home – happy being a very important word here. The abandoned houses have so much charm and character and I can just imagine the lives lived inside these walls – not homeless junky lives but the lives of happy families in their bright, sunny beautiful homes.
These homes filled with fresh flowers, pastel walls, soft furnishings (Ikea I would imagine) and throw cushions (unlimited amounts). Dogs sleeping in the hall ways, children playing in the garden, cozy bay window nooks, cool breezy porches and fabulous women in the kitchen preparing for grand dinner parties (from ideas they found on Pinterest, I imagine again).
I was bought the most beautiful bunch of yellow tulips the other day (and again this weekend) and ever since seeing those lovely bright flowers on the table each morning I’ve been inspired to have flowers of all shapes and colours in our home. I will attempt some flower arranging of my own over the next two days with this as my inspiration.
I absolutely love it when I start reading a post or an article, click on a link and end up finding a gold mine of beautiful homes, travel destinations and gorgeous photographs and links that lead into yet more new discoveries.
Over time I have come to love all season. They all have special charm but for today I am missing that real South African summer feeling and I’ve been thinking about the December summer holidays I used to spend at home, running around in the garden and the hours spent in the swimming pool.
I’m comforted by thoughts of incredibly hot days, dry, silent air, late afternoon rain storms, shorts and dresses, green grass, endless high blue skies, hot bricks around the pool, falling asleep in the sun, warm skin, doggies sleeping in the shade … such wonderful summer memories.
So here are some other beautiful reminders of summer.