Laudomia Pucci at Home

One of the things I enjoy the most is when I go through my files looking for inspiration and I find something I had forgotten about, impressing me again and making me sigh. Last night, while searching for rooms with geometric rugs, I came across Laudomia Pucci's estate located in the hills of Florence and I felt like looking at a home that has been published just recently, even when these images were published in W magazine in 2005. The estate dates back from the Renaissance and the "modern, kicked-back glamour" is my favorite feature of this house because it makes the Renaissance architecture warm and comfortable, two of my all time favorites as well. The earthy tones and red throughout the estate also adds to the overall elegant comfort atmosphere.

In the living room, the rug is a vintage Pucci.

A typical Renaissance facade. During the 14th century Laudomia's ancestors were political councillors of the Medicis.

Jennifer Lopez's California home

I'm looking forward to reading the Jan/Feb issue of VERANDA where Jennifer Lopez's California home is featured. The subtle glamour of the interior was designed by Michelle Workman. “Jennifer wanted to go modern and streamlined but retain the sophistication and stylishness. It’s tastefully glamorous, like Jennifer herself” he says.
I personally love the serene colors used throughout the house.

Cozying up inside

By now it's not news how the snow storm has hit the Northeast. Kids are the only ones who are having fun around here. The grown ups of this house are keeping themselves warm inside cozying up in front of the fire and enjoying a good hot coco.

My Home for Christmas


Christmas is almost here and I can't think of a more appropriate time to thank all of you who support and visit Belle Vivir, even when you stop by quietly without letting me know who you are. Without you dear readers I wouldn't be here so, for that thank you. I wish you the best Christmas and I hope that wherever you are, you feel the peace and love of this special time of year. Please find below a few images of our home. This year we kept things simpler than usual. We did not put a Christmas tree, instead I created small vignettes around the house.

I decided to decorate this sculpture by putting poinsettia between the wings but, as Murphy's law would dictate, just when I was going to take a close up of my wingy sculpture one of the flowers decided to fall down.

Inside our Art Deco bar. You can see my lovely nephew's head through the mirror.

All images for/by Bellevivir.

Love color


A perfect way of living a life, surrounded by beautiful shoes displays, open fire and beautiful shades of pastel colors. It sounds like Marie Antoinette.

images credit: Top via Claudia Trucco, 2 via Belgian Pearl, last via Beautiful Things to Share.


I am a big fan of scenic wallpaper but when it comes to choosing a favorite between geometric or scenic wallpaper, I can't. While a scenic wallpaper evokes the elegance and aristocracy that no other wallpaper offers, geometric wallpaper can give more freedom when it comes to decorating because, in my opinion, they work more as a uniform background. I love all of these images below and how young and versatile they look

Does anyone know who makes this wallpaper? I've seen it used a couple of times but none of the images credit the source. It's not Kelly Wearstler's trellis, in case you think otherwise. This is more rounded, while Kelly's trellis are bigger and it changes vertically from round to rectangular shape.

Quadrille's Ziggurat reverse.

Zebra-printed paper by Rose Cummings.

Trellis Background used by Tom Scheerer available at Quadrille.

I'm loving these geometric wallpapers below.

Neisha Crosland Zebra wallpaper.

Enjoy your weekend

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. Paul Rand.

Santas Breaking News

We interrupt this transmission to inform you that Rudolph has been temporary suspended due to clear weather. Now you can expect Santa riding on one of these gracious and elegant creatures.
A pair of Belgian horses making a delivery to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. via here.

Country Living

Orange you glad it's almost Christmas?

A friend of mine recently told me she hasn't seen a Christmas decoration in orange. I immediately reminded her of this image I posted last Christmas by the glamorous Mary Mcdonald. Once I got home, I started browsing through my old issues of Veranda magazine when I came across these images that were published December 2005. This stunning 16th-c home located in France's Loire Valley region belongs to San Francisco designer Stephen Shubel. The house is filled with antiques, vintage and new furniture pieces and decorated with crystal, silver candelabrum, mercury glass accessories from Mis En Demeure in Paris and old decorative papers wrap gifts. There are more images of this home in Stephen Shubel's website.

"A living nativity scene is created by costume townsfolk in the ancient town square outside the home's front door. Sights and sounds of the season, complete with the caroling of bells from a church on the square, transform this otherwise quiet place" How magical should this be. Sometimes we forget the real meaning of Christmas and just reading this makes my heart fill up with awe.
Photos scanned by/for Bellevivir by Thibault Jeanson via Veranda.

A Glam Attick

image via here.
I love everything in this room, the wood paneling, the chandelier, the white floors, the simply made bed, the comfortable seating, the built-in bookcases and the global chic rug.

Being Green

It's 20 degrees outside and there still a thin layer of snow on the streets from last night, so I feel like I could use a little bit of green inside.

gt Pinterest

Have you had your hour today?

Recently my husband went for a regular check up and the doctor advised him to take an hour for himself, just for himself, doing something completely different from what he usually does. The doctor then went on and explained him how a wine class he used to take at the world trade center took him to become good friend with the chef, to a trip to Italy where he met wonderful people and finally how after 9/11, to organized a fund raising event to raise money for the families of the workers who used to work at the restaurant. The chef is doing fine, in case you're asking yourself the same question I asked my husband. It's fascinating how sometimes our events in life are so clearly connected and how something that's just a hobby can take us to do things we wouldn't otherwise think of. I do believe in a higher purpose and usually the harder the accomplishment the greater the result.

In my case I don't know how realistic it will be to take an hour for myself and not do or think about things to do. I would love to be able to attend events I am invited to, but for family or work responsibilities it's impossible for me to attend. People have already stopped inviting me, seriously because I just don't have the time and effort to socialize or network as much as I would like to. How about you? Are you able to set aside an hour for yourself?




images via Canadian House and Home and my files.
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