book club


I’ve been completely MIA from my blog for a while, but my excuse is that I was in Greece all last week and was just having too much fun (and also the wifi was a bit spotty). I’m in London now for a couple of days with my mom and am planning to share photos from both Greece and England once I’m home and have things sorted out a bit more. Bear with me!

For now though, I figured I’d share a book that I just finished in case you’re on the lookout for something new to read. I picked up An Italian Wife at the bookstore at LAX and ended up really liking it. The story starts in the late 1800’s and follows the life of Josephine Rimaldi through nearly 100 years, beginning with her early adulthood in Italy and following her through a move to America, where she has children and attemps to assimilate into her new country. It’s a really well written, easy read, and is perfect if you’re looking for a vacation read with substance.

Have a good Memorial Day!

britt bass turner

Screen+Shot+2016-02-17+at+2.36.04+PM When I posted this photo of my niece Audrey painting the other day, someone commented that her artwork was reminiscent of artist Britt Bass. I hadn’t hear of Britt before so when I looked her up I saw not only that they were right (Audrey must be some kind of four year old painting master), but that Britt’s work is gorgeous. The Atlanta based artist creates colorful abstract paintings which I’m now completely obsessed with – I just spent a good hour on her site, trying to decide which painting I like best. I think I’ve finally narrowed it down between this cheerful painting called Ride; and this one from her Geo series. It’s tough, they’re all so pretty! Britt also accepts commissions, which I’m pretty tempted to do once we’ve moved into the new house – wouldn’t it be so neat to have something created just for your space and using colors of your choice?

Take a scroll through these photos of her work featured in various homes, and be sure to check out her site or One Kings Lane to buy her work. Have a good day!

britt bass turner some of my favorites:

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chateau de gudanes

chateau de gudanes france renovation Have you heard of Chateau de Gudanes? It’s an eighteenth century chateau in the South of France that an Australian family has purchased and is restoring, sharing their progress online and via instagram. I had read about the project a few years ago when they first bought it (their story has been featured on Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar) but forgot about it until I came across this update.

The abandoned house had been neglected for years and was/is in need of major help; there was water and structural damage, parts of the interior were just rubble and the roof had caved in in various sections. I can’t imagine taking on such a project, but it’s kind of magical and addicting to watch as they go about their renovations. The family is hoping to be finished with the project this year, and is planning to open to the public for weekend stays – who’s coming with me? 02-chateau-gudanes-update 06-chateau-gudanes-update 08-chateau-gudanes-update 04-chateau-gudanes-update 11-chateau-gudanes-update 09-chateau-gudanes-updateIMG_9351 IMG_7747 chateau gudanes france french chateau renovation chateau de gudanes

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