Fall Entertaining Series | Appetizing Serving Displays

As we continue our series, let’s turn to our attention to creating an elegant serving display.

First, we are very excited about the inclusion of our new olive wood collection called Legna. These rich and elegant pieces are durable, come in a variety of sizes, and bring more of that natural element to any table.

All of our products function quite well for prepping, but they’re also attractive enough to go straight to the table for serving appetizers or incorporating into a buffet. And the Legna collection is no exception – they...

Fall Entertaining Series | Place Settings

In the second entry of our lifestyle series, we worked with a few ideas on place settings. We took the idea of incorporating nature and textures and mixed it with flatware adding some fun to the place card concept.

We loved the idea of weaving herbs and floral into the tablescape as a whole. As you can see from the first photo, we took a single sprig of rosemary and the simple yet beautiful Michelangelo flatware and tied them together with a rich velvet ribbon, setting them on top of a crisp, off-white linen napkin.

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Fall Entertaining Series | Tablescapes

The holiday season is around the corner and we want to help simplify yours with what we hope will be inspirational ideas for entertaining and gift giving so you can focus on what really matters; time with family and friends.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing ideas and offering tips for both fall and winter that we learned while collaborating with our talented food stylist. We’ll be bringing you fresh ideas for creating beautiful and inviting tablescapes that let you relax and embrace la grande vita!

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Verrazzano

What does the longest suspension bridge in the United States have in common with some of the best wines in Italy?

Most of us are familiar with the name Verrazzano from the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City. It is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano (though spelled differently) who discovered the bay of New York in 1524. I learned, when researching a trip to Italy in October, that he was born in a 1000 year old castle on the grounds of a large vineyard nestled between Florence and Siena, now known as...

Those Angels Among Us | Rett Angels

As October arrives, most of us begin thinking about the fast approaching holidays. It’s the time of year when we look forward to sharing our precious time with family and friends, and enjoying the traditions and festivities of the season.

Additionally, it’s a time of year where many of us want to extend our generosity beyond traditional gifts through the giving of our time and money to those causes that have special meaning to us, for whatever reasons.

For us, October carries a great importance because it’s Rett syndrome awareness month.

What’s the significance...

For the Love of Zucca

pumpkinsIt’s finally October and the air is turning crisp. Before long, the leaves will be turning and we’ll all be donning our sweaters and jackets, ready for the brisk coolness of the season. The days are getting shorter, but the nightfall with the smell of burning fires is quite magical.

And what’s more quintessentially Fall than a freshly harvested, big and bountiful pumpkin? With its deep orange hue and fiber rich flesh, it conjures images of hayrides and bon fires, spooky scenes and tricks and treats, and...

Inspired by Fall | Truffle Hunting in Abruzzo

As fall quickly approaches, I’m reminded of the incredible gifts my favorite season brings. The crisp air, the changing leaves, the smell of bonfires, and of course, the food.

Fall serves up hearty meals that awaken the senses and warm the soul – it’s a visceral experience for me.

As I sit here browsing the Lungotevere collection with its beautiful color palette and thoughtful details, my mind returns to the autumn I traveled to the Abruzzo region for an...

The Art of It All

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

Nowhere else does art and artistry encapsulate everything they do, what they create, the professions they choose, and how they ultimately live as abundantly as it does in Italy. It has arguably been the epicenter of art in all its forms for centuries.

The Italian Holiday: Dolce far niente!

A guest post by Tara Jantzen

 

This month is more than half over and many of us in the U.S. are thinking about back-to-school and the end of our summer vacations. While we’re exhausted from shuttling the kids around to every summer activity or outing, and now dreading the inevitable workweek, most Italians have closed up shop and are still at the beach or in the mountains for the entire month of August. They are ready for dolce far niente, or, the sweetness of doing nothing.
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The Mediterranean Blues

Guest Post by Tara Jantzen

Enticed by the surrounding hills, rugged cliffs, warm sandy beaches, and the deep turquoise sea, the relaxed vibe and salty air of the Mediterranean makes you want to immerse yourself at an outdoor café, kick off your shoes, and stare at the sparkling water as you sip a crisp glass of white wine.

And let’s not forget the food.

Fishing villages in the Mediterranean are abundant with al fresco dining and Trattorias serving up the most wonderful, and often simplest, of local seafood dishes. There...