Tag Archive | "italian"

HOME + GARDEN, OUTDOOR space | May 13, 2013 | by Kim Vallee

Decorating a Terrace with Tulip Lamps

tulip lamp for myyour

photo credits: Tulip Lamp for Myyour A quick look at my logo is all you need to understand why I share this amusing outdoor lamp. Available in a small format and an extra large format, Tulip lamp comes with or without a light. The small version is designed as a signal light or courtesy table lamp. I […]

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LIVING, TRAVEL | July 11, 2012 | by Kim Vallee

The Italian Train of Taste

Italian Train of Taste

If you happen to be near Lombardy region this summer, you should try to book yourself a ticket on board of  il Treno di Sapori — meaning “Train of Taste”. Passengers will be served local food and wines as they enjoy the scenery of the region. It is a nice way to discover local cuisine. You can […]

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FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | July 18, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

The Secrets of Pesto Making and Homemade Ice Cream from Saveur

pesto making secrets

Reading the latest issue of Saveur (Sept. 2011) taught me that the pesto starts with the smallest, palest basil leaves. It is because they do not have the bitterness and the licorice-like taste of the mature leaves. But if you have mature green basil leaves, simply blanch them for 30 seconds and plunge them in an […]

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HOME + GARDEN, KITCHEN design | March 28, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Hide Away your Kitchen Tools with Trim by Dada

trim upper cabinet details

There is more to kitchen cabinet design than the standard 12-inch and 24-inch deep cabinets. To achieve a certain look or for function, you might have to consider a custom made depth. For example, I designed a 6-inch deep kitchen cabinet over my sink to achieve a continuous flow of cabinets of the same height. […]

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HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor | February 17, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Modern Twist on a Nautical Theme by Molteni and C

nautical theme room with the pass storage by molteni and c

The first picture depicts the typical interior where we expect to see modern furniture like the ones produced by the Italian brand Molteni & C furniture. But modern furniture can adapt to any style. The latest ad from Molteni & C proved that point. I like how the designers for this photo shoot totally freshen […]

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HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor | January 27, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Babel Bookshelf by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo

babel by mario mazzer for bonaldo

I enjoy the original shape of the five-tier bookshelf designed by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo. The textured surface brings to this sculptural piece a resemblance to a tree trunk. You can use it to store books, magazines, toys or tableware. It could even make a cool place to store your barware. SOURCING: + Babel Bookshelf $895 CAD at Bonaldo […]

HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor | October 4, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Porcelain Dinnerware and Iron Works by Civico Quattro

hand-finished porcelain dinnerware by civico quattro

I selected waxed natural iron as the main material for our branch staircase. Therefore, it is fair to say that I adore the look. The material is easy to maintain. I simply dust the iron rods once in a while. Imagine how great this circular log holder that sits on a wood base would look […]

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ENTERTAINING, EVERYDAY entertaining | September 16, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

The Convenience of Spaghetti al Cartoccio | Spaghetti in Parchment Paper

spaghetti in parchment paper

I enjoy the concept behind Spaghetti al Cartoccio because it looks different and fun. For the hostess, the biggest advantage is that you can prepare the parchment pockets in advance. The most stylish way to serve it is to prepare single portion parchment pockets. If you heat the pocket on a BBQ for a picnic at […]

FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | September 7, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Ovale Tableware by Studio Bouroullec for Alessi

ovale stoneware and stainless steel tableware collection for alessi

The French design brother duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created for Alessi a new tableware collection suitable for any time of the day. Ovale definitely has rustic and traditional roots; it is visible especially through the usage of each piece. But, at the same time, the asymmetric shapes reminded me of Scandinavian tableware. The Ovale collection […]

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FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | August 23, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Britain Buffet Servers for an Elegant Buffet Table

britain buffet servers in pewter

Elegant buffet servers enhance the look of your table. Holders and caddies are handy to bring the plates and flatware from your kitchen to the table. The pattern of the Britain Buffet Servers is neither truly traditional nor modern. And the beauty of pewter means that this set will never go out of style. I like it […]

COCKTAILS + wine, FOOD + DRINK | July 1, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

The Bubbly Bar | Book Review

naughty negroni drink recipe :: the bubbly bar by maria c. hunt

In her book, The Bubbly Bar, Maria C. Hunt shared a vast assortment of champagne and sparkling wine cocktail recipes. I just bought the book; I did not have time to yet to try her recipes. With the wedding season, I think that many of you would like options to serve a bubbly concoctions. One […]

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COOKING tools, FOOD + DRINK | May 20, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Small Appliances in Azure Blue by Delonghi UK

1950's italian azure blue kettle and toaster :: icona collection by delonghi

For an unknown reason, small appliance makers often omitted blue for their collection. I do not know why since blue is a classic color for dinnerware. This is not the case of the Icona collection by Delonghi. Event if their style is inspired by the glamour of 1950’s Italy, they are filled with modern features. The […]

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