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By MiaCucina SoFla

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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By MiaCucina SoFla

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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14 Kitchen Design Terms You Need to Know Before Renovating

By MiaCucina SoFla

Embarking on a kitchen renovation? You need to know these common design terms to ensure you’re communicating properly with your contractor. Failure to do so could result in major miscommunication, leading to costly errors and serious post-renovation blues. From cut-outs to plinths, here are 14 commonly used kitchen renovation terms and what they actually mean.

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The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Season

By MiaCucina SoFla

Like a regular health check-up, a home maintenance schedule is important for every house’s upkeep. Continuing to check on your exterior, appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, security, and electrical systems will help prevent breakdowns, save money, and keep your home looking its best. Use this home maintenance checklist to help schedule your seasonal updates, repairs, and cleaning, along with a handful of monthly tasks. Revisit the list monthly and at the beginning of each season to keep your home in prime working condition. If any of the jobs go beyond your skill level or lead to more involved repairs, consider hiring a professional to help.

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42 Magnificent Modern Bathrooms of Your Dreams

By MiaCucina SoFla

Whether we like to talk about it or not, the time we spend in the bathroom is precious. It’s where some of our most intimate moments take place. So not only should it function well, it should be designed for optimal comfort and luxury. While some bathrooms are grand enough to have all the fixings like walk-in showers, smaller bathrooms can still make a decor splash. Designed with luxurious materials like marble and brass, here are 42 modern bathrooms that you’ll want to share with the world.

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8 Spring Decorating Trends to Make Your Interior Design Bloom

By MiaCucina SoFla

Seasons are a splendid excuse for revamping, sprucing, and enhancing your interior design. Winter is turning a corner, so inviting new pieces and experimenting with fresh colors and lines is the thing to do. We asked for expert advice from our team of professional Decorilla interior designers and with buzzing anticipation, here are several spring decorating ideas that will make your space pop, blossom, and bloom. Read more at



Home Sweet Home: Keeping Things Positive During a Health Crisis

By MiaCucina SoFla

In these difficult times, uncertainty brings on stress and fear. It’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves and each other. Now more than ever, taking care of ourselves and others is a daily priority. We’ve gathered this list of things we love to help you ease any tedium you might be experiencing during this unexpected downtime and try something new (or just relax in the bath, honor how you feel!).

Grocery shopping? As you probably know by now, this virus can live on surfaces for some time, so treat everything you bring into your home like it’s covered in glitter. Here is a great guide on how to stay safe while unpacking anything you’re bringing into your home.

If you are having a hard time finding disinfecting products to purchase, here is a great resource on how to make your own.

Make your own face masks. This innovative helper has a video tutorial and printable .pdf files you can use to fit the masks for adults and children.

Gather in the kitchen and explore the newest baking trend: BREAD!

We found this article for 10 easy bread recipes you can make and share (or not) with the family.

No yeast? Here’s how to make your own at home.

Another thing you can whip up to help with some indulgent self-care is your very own homemade bath soak. We love this moisturizing detox bath. Bonus- enjoying a relaxing bath has a whole slew of benefits, including helping you sleep better and feel more rested.

One way to disconnect before you go to bed is to stop scrolling through today’s scary information, put down the phone, and pick up a book. Staff at Vanity Fair has put together what they call the “most absorbing, distracting, engaging books they can think of”.

Go to Yale, via Coursera. Join over two million students in the free online course offered by Yale University “The Science of Well-being”. Coursera has 1,534 absolutely free courses available online, so if you find yourself mindlessly surfing the web, turn this into an opportunity to go Ivy League. 

No matter what your circumstances during this unprecedented time, please be gentle with yourselves and others. The most important things are to stay healthy and look for the good. There are many resources for the happy stories happening now. We like for a pick me up of wonderful empathetic humans doing great things.

Pro tip! You can order these (and many other things) online from your local grocery store, or pharmacy to either pick up curbside or get delivered right to your home. Support your local businesses now if you can.

Be well, stay safe. We’ll see you soon!

16 Made-in-Italy Kitchen Essentials

By MiaCucina SoFla

On my recent vacation in Italy, so many accessories caught my attention: an all-glass cooking pot that had me wide-eyed and wanting, tiny glass wine tumblers for pouring civilized quantities of red wine, and woven rattan serving trays too beautiful to try to describe. I wanted to lug all of them home with me. Instead, on return, I figured out where to source most of my finds from the US, priced from $12 to $200, and all made in Italy.

That last point is no mean feat: Of late many venerable design houses have moved production to cheaper markets, making it hard to tell which–if any–of their products are still made in Italy. (Alessi, DeLonghi, and others are guilty of this.) But these 16 standouts are still all-Italian. I also should add that I got help on this roundup from my two best Italian friends. When I asked them to fill me in on kitchen essentials from home, they talked about Parmesan graters, espresso makers, and the all-important (but oddly absent in the US) mezzaluna. Read on–that, too, is easily attainable.