In the heat of the summer, during an ongoing pandemic, people tend to think of our limitations. It’s too hot, we can’t go out, we’re bored… Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your glass of Rosé half full vs almost empty. We’re doing a two part piece on how to make this time something fun for everyone.
Summer Part One: Stay Inside
Watch a movie, in Italian.
We’re spending even more time indoors than usual and cozying up on the couch isn’t as appealing when you’ve binged watched everything on Netflix. Twice. We found a curated list of the best italian movies you can watch to transport you in time, and across the globe that are sure to give you a welcome new world view.
Take your bathroom to the next level.
If you’ve found yourself with more opportunities to lounge in the tub, why not daydream about a future reno the next time you’re in a bubble bath, and add a few spa-like features?
Natural light, new flooring, and recessed lighting can all add to your bathroom sanctuary feeling and looking more like a spa. Check out endless inspiration pictures here.
Time to Chef up.
If you haven’t jumped on the culinary wave, now is the time. Don’t worry if you’re the type that burns toast, we found a great guide from Mark Bittman on how to get really good at cooking.
’Tis the season.
Summer yields gorgeous produce and there are endless ideas how to put together a fantastic dinner you can enjoy. Food and Wine Magazine has a ton of summer ready recipes to practice your culinary skills on, including this Squid Pizza with Saffron Aioli that’s ready in 35 minutes.
Don’t forget a crisp glass of Rosé to wash it all down with. Wine Enthusiast has some of our favorites ranked and reviewed here.
Play a game.
Whether it’s just you (solitaire is addicting), you and your partner, or the whole family; one of the best ways to make some memories and pass the time is by getting out a deck of cards. Casino night can be anywhere with a set of chips. We found some games for two, or you can learn a few new twists to poker. Here are 5 games that you can play in 5 min.
You’re the sweetest.
Who doesn’t love dessert? How about homemade ice cream? Or homemade limoncello? We love both and have found the process for making both rewarding. Limoncello was ubiquitous along coastal Italy our last trip, and sipping this sweet lemony digestif brings back fond memories. It’s easy to make, and is an instant favorite.
Then of course, we all scream for ice cream. We found 48 recipes we’ll be content to experiment with well into fall.
Next segment, we’ll be taking things outside. Until then, enjoy your home sweet home.
Founded by a group of young jazz fans from friuli in north-east italy in 1994, furniture manufacturer kristalia connects the very best of local designs – and their creatives – to the nation and beyond. they establish long lasting relationships with artisans, unearth new talents, and showcase designs that are loud in uniqueness. from chairs and tables to accessories and furnishings, their products tilt towards minimalism on the aesthetic scale in order to clearly and solely showcase their essential qualities. the results bring beauty, energy and amusement to the local community as well as to their international customers. in their playful manner, a curation of photographers and video makers capture new perspectives of their latest chair, the kristalia LP. Read more at DesignBoom.com
From the kitchen to the bathroom…
Smell is one of our most important senses and it can influence our mood without us realising. If you’re having trouble sleeping, lacking productivity when working from home, finding it difficult to de-stress, or can’t shift the stale smell of last night’s dinner, don’t fret – you can use candles, essential oils in diffusers, or plants to enhance the aroma of every room of your home. Read more at HouseBeautiful.com
From appliances and lighting to tiles, cabinetry, and shelving, say hello to six modern kitchen trends that are sure to stand the test of time.
As thrilling as a kitchen renovation can be, we know modern revamps can come with quite a hefty price-tag, which is why it’s essential to integrate design that not only illustrates your personality and style, but will also stand the test of time. Here, we reveal six contemporary kitchen trends that will last for years to come. Read More at Dwell.com
When we think drinks in Italy, the first image that comes to mind is likely a bottle of red flowing into glasses around the table—vino is certainly the drink of choice come dinnertime. But let’s not forget about those magical hours before dinner: aperitivo. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., bars serve cocktails and light nibbles of olives, cheese, and potato chips, engineered to stimulate the, you guessed it, appetite. And because Italian drinking culture is less about getting buzzed and more about lingering at the table with friends, the cocktails are often a bit lower in alcohol, meaning it’s easy to drink down a few. We may not be able to make films like the Italians, kick back like the Italians, or dress like the Italians, but drinking like them is a cinch. Here are 11 Italian cocktails you can make at home now … or order at a bar sometime (hopefully) soon. Spritzes here we come. Saluti!
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Films about architecture and design—or even just featuring characters who play architects and designers—have always captured the imagination of Hollywood, with examples ranging from Cate Blanchett’s passionate architect in last year’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette to the 1980s film noir Body Double, whose sets featured such iconic buildings as John Lautner’s Chemosphere House. But as documentaries about architecture and design prove, real life can often be as dramatic as fiction. As film festivals around the world—like the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), to name one—temporarily shift to online viewing only, there are plenty of docs out there that can be streamed at your leisure. So start with seven of our favorites below to create your own personal film festival at home.
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As part of her job, Bulgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, spends a lot of time searching for exceptional gemstones. But the self-professed gem hunter, known for her glamorous style, sun-kissed skin, and layers of gold jewelry, doesn’t solely focus on a jewel’s color and cut: She’s also seeking positive energy. “I look for stones that speak to me,” she says. When she’s holding a special gem, she can feel its energy. And when she first visited Italy’s Puglia region six years ago, she immediately experienced those same positive vibes.
“I felt a connectedness when I came to Puglia,” says Silvestri, who recently celebrated her 40th year at the legendary Italian jewelry house. “I’m instantly relaxed, and I feel at home here.”
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