Friday, July 18, 2014

And the winner is…

 

 

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A few weeks ago I had a Give-away post, courtesy of Manito Silk with a beautiful set of travel pillow and mask worth more than Canadian $150.00 being the gift .

 

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Here is what Manito says about the mask:

(…) Perfect for travel or sleep at home, a silk mask is a great wonderful sleep accessory that will help you wake up feeling more refreshed. Get luxury in a small package with our beautiful yet functional silk eye masks.
The smooth and soft texture of our 22 momme mulberry silk mask feels cool and refreshing as you settle in for a good night’s sleep. Whether you’re catching a nap on a long flight, or simply looking for a way to sleep more soundly at home, Manito’s mulberry silk, inside and out, makes is simply the best for your rest and relaxation (…)

And for the pillow:

(…) Manito's silky smooth, plush travel pillow is a convenient and comfy way for you to catch up on some much-needed rest when you’re on the go. It’s a first class travel accessory. Our ultimate travel pillow is filled with 100% long strand mulberry silk floss and is encased in a cover of our famous 22 momme, traditional charmeuse weave fabric. This travel pillow is super soft, comfortable, gentle on your skin and hair, and will help you arrive in style. The cover feels cool against your skin as you sleep, allowing for a more restful, smoother sleep (…)

And now the best part: I can finally announce that

Karen Albert from The Arts by Karena won the set.

If you don’t know Karen yet (how could you not?) please read her Blog, which is not just entertaining but also a great source of knowledge.

Her latest post is featuring a great designer: Raji Radhakrishnan and you’ll be intrigued by her talent too.

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Congratulations Karen, just send me a note with your address and which one of these three combinations of color you prefer:

-  Silver Blue and Charcoal,

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-  Plum and Soft Pink,

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-  Champagne and Chocolate?

Hope you’ll enjoy the luxurious silky feeling!

 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Visionnaire…a wonderful story…

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Have you ever heard of Visionnaire? It is a concept store and design gallery which, as on the first page on their website, represents “A wonderful story in the heart of Milan”. The  company, funded in 1959 is based in Bologna, a beautiful city not far from Milan where the first University of the western world was founded in 1088 (yes you read right… XII century)

On the hills outside Bologna there is a XVII century family home where the artistic director of this brand of luxury furniture lives with her family. The majestic staircase, the brick wall, the beams on the ceiling tell an ancient story, the contemporary furniture speak about Italian design and the philosophy of the brand.

 

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The large living room has subtle neutral colors, with a pop of red on the ottoman. The impressive chandelier, the sofa, the bookcase are all designed for Visionnaire.

 

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A mix of styles in the kitchen with sleek dining table, Ghost chairs and a fun interpretation of a banquette.

 

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White chandelier, white lacquered kitchen cabinets and the warmth of the wooden beams.

 

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The kitchen opens to a sunny terrace.

 

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In one bedroom sun and fresh air enter through large windows, an ornate chandelier contrasts with contemporary art on the wall.

 

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A bathroom with aqua colored mosaic, a voluptuous, unexpected chandelier and a large mirror reflecting the artistic ceramics on the opposite wall.

Almost all furniture and accessories in this house were created by a team of designers expressly for Visionnaire as for this very unusual glass bookcase.

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All images by Max Zambelli

 

Last chance…

Don’t forget to participate to my Give-Away, clicking HERE…leaving a comment on the Post you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask, courtesy of Manito Silk, perfect for travel. Winner will be announced on Friday, July 18th.

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Joy of Summer


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You have to agree with me…one of the best parts of summer is surely being able to dine al fresco surrounded by scented flowers, greenery, balmy air.  The image above presents a solution by Unopiù, with simple lines for table and chairs. Of course the magic atmosphere is created by the lights in the pool and on the trulli, a traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof.




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By Ethimo a young and colorful series of tables and chairs: eggplant, bamboo, olive…

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A classic Italian garden furnished by Driade, more sophisticated but with a touch of exotic atmosphere.

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A beautiful sofa and chair by Gervasoni, created to be outdoor under a portico or in a veranda.  I can see these pieces of furniture also inside a country house or a seaside cottage, they look ultra comfortable and elegant.

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Simple lines, light and comfortable iron chairs by Unopiù.  I love the white cushions and the low table for drinks and finger food.
So no matter if you are in a villa with pool, a cottage by the seaside, an apartment with a small patio…there are pieces of outdoor furniture waiting for you to enjoy pleasurable hours al fresco.
Don’t forget to participate to my Give-Away, clicking HERE…you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask perfect for travel.
©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The beautiful homes of Portofino

 

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Portofino is one of my (many) favorite places in Italy, and I found a book “Case di Portofino” (text is also in English) with wonderful photographs by Adriano Bacchella, truly a selection of the most attractive homes of the small town, once a fishing village famous now for its picturesque harbor where the rich and famous live or visit.

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At the entrance to Portofino this house, built in the style of early ‘900 has the typical Ligurian decoration, used in the past by some aristocratic families of the region,  horizontal stripes in yellow and grey.

 

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Another early ‘900 villa, with a magic view over the small gulf which can be enjoyed from a lush garden.

 

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A late ‘800 villa on the sea with a magnificent scenography created in the garden for the new owners.

 

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Let’s enter some houses: white dominates this living room, from pure linen used on the sofas to soft draperies framing the view. Contemporary art and antique furniture create interest and the floor inside and on the large terraces is marble with inserts of ardesia, a natural stone extracted locally.

 

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A different approach in this house with rustic beams, vivid blue and vibrant orange, warm and comfortable.

 

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More blue, electric blue for another house, on the fireplace art by Mino Gatti.

 

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An elegant  dining room with large French doors opening to the panorama.

 

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Isn't charming? A penthouse terrace with a typical black and white tile floor, perfect for a romantic dinner.

 

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Large gathering can be possible in this relaxing garden with several distinct “rooms” as the living area under the wisteria, the dining in the background, the large grass area where to tan.

 

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Finally a magic image of an exterior at sundown with an old bougainvillea creating drama in the lush green.

Don’t forget to participate to the Give-Away, clicking HERE…you could win a fantastic set of  silk pillow and silk mask perfect for travel.

 

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Bed behavior and a Give-away

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It is time again for a great give-away, courtesy of Manito Silk Bedding.

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All bedding are hand crafted from 100% Mulberry long strand silk with immaculate stitching and a charmeuse weave finish. Dress your bed in Manito silk and you'll discover luxury, elegance and sensuality like nothing else.

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Manito's silk bedding is also the ultimate choice for comfort and health. Naturally breathable, 100% silk stays cool in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter for comfortable sleeping year-round.

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If you ask how Manito differentiates from the legion of other silk products on the market:

1. They use a traditional charmeuse weave on a narrower, slower loom. This requires a seam on the sheets but the depth and feel of the charmeuse is incomparable - vastly superior to "seamless" sheets done on faster, wider looms

2.  Stitching and attention to detail is meticulous

3. They use only 100% long strand mulberry silk at a market leading 22 momme weight

4. Even the filling behind quilting is silk, not polyester !

And now… are you ready for a great Give-away?

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Sweet dreams in the air (or wherever you lay your head) with this luxurious combination of silk-filled travel pillow and matching sleep mask.
It's super soft, gentle on your skin and hair, and will help you arrive in style. At just 12" by 14" it fits easily in your carry-on, purse, or briefcase. The removable cover is machine washable so its easy to care for and they have a firm fit to block light but not so firm that it puts pressure on your skin.
Pillows are available in Silver Blue and Charcoal, Plum and Soft Pink, Champagne and Chocolate.

Bon voyage!

To be entered in the draw all you have to do is:
-  be a resident of Canada or continental USA
-  visit Manito website HERE then come back to this blog and leave a comment (at the bottom of this post) saying what particular item you liked most; for Brillante Interiors fans, Twitter and Facebook  followers, or email subscribers, click HERE to leave a comment
- entry deadline is Midnight PST on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
- Winner will be announced on Friday, July 18th, 2014
If you don’t already have a link don’t forget to leave a contact in case you are the winner.

Thanks Manito for the giveaway and for being a Brillante Interiors Blog  valued sponsor.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

MIA Milano

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What a treat to be able to visit MIA , Milan Image Art Fair 2014.

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The fair, organized by Fabio Castelli, founder and director and by Lorenza Castelli, director, is already in its 4th edition and in October they will also open the fair in Singapore.  It was such a variety of photography that I will have to be selective just to present to you only a few excellent examples.

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You may know how much I love Black and White photography and I was enchanted by the poetry of the images by Alessandra Cevasco and Davide Marino who created Incantations.   Their recently published book Waters of Lethe presents not only their images but also their poetry, Haiku all the way on the theme of oblivion.

 

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Surprise…I discovered that Charlotte Perriand was not also a great designer, working with masters of last century but, thanks to her daughter finding a large amount of negatives and images, now we all can enjoy also her brilliant photographic work.  ADMIRA was presenting her work at MIA.

 

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Korea was represented by Bohnchang Koo, with ethereal, minimalist images.

 

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I was intrigued by  Andrea Pozzuoli approach to photography, still life images old masters style become alive with broken glass flying around, more than 200 shots are put together to achieve each image.

 

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A section was dedicated to internationally famous photographers, like Candida Hoefer, Fabrizio Ferri, Mimmo Jodice

 

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Finally…a real treasure for collectors of art books is HF Distribuzione, with online and worldwide mailing sale of precious texts. Worth exploring the catalogue!

Photography © Albarosa Simonetti

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

New trends at “I Saloni 2014” Milan.

 

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At gorgeous Palazzo Litta in Milan, open to the public for the Design Week, also called I Saloni and Fuorisalone, some new pieces of furniture with sleek shapes play with baroque decorations.

 

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Established & Sons celebrates its 10th year of presence at I Saloni with a new chandelier.

 

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Missoni creates a magic atmosphere.

 

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Dutch brand Moooi displays furniture and accessories against Massimo Listri’s stunning photography.

 

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Baccarat celebrates “250 years of modernity” with an exclusive and extravagant party in the church of San Carpoforo, in Brera area.

 

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Foscarini and Inventario create a playful exhibition at celebrated Poldi Pezzoli Home-Museum.

Photography by Donatella Simonetti and Lea Anouchinsky

©2014 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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