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Look into my eyes

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Poor my eyes: most of the time indoor and in front of a screen for hours every day. They fell so dry, I feel so sorry for them that publishing Lover’s Eye collection by Artefacto Madrid seems to me an original and fun way to apologize.

The Argentinian Santi Carbonari and Franco Donati source antique and vintage porcelain, restore it and “and stamp with (the) new designs through a careful process of high temperature vitrified. They have many collections of plates with different subjects but they are all fun and pop and original.

The decorations of the support of the antique or vintage porcelain complement and create a funky contrast with the fantastic and detailed prints representing tropical worlds, lunar places, collage beings, cartoon heroes and much more.

I wanted to publish at least other twenty plates!

Artefacto Madrid sells also prints, lights, t-shirts and glass objects.

The level of detail of the antique porcelain together with the quality and complexity of the prints makes these decorative plates pop and captivating.

For more porcelain on +DECO, use the search on the website or click here.

images courtesy of Artefacto Madrid.

in Arts+ Crafts, Color Inspiration, Interiors, Ispiration, People

Leila Ataya, my latest obsession

Leila Ataya is my latest obsession. I love the sexiness of her dark age futuristic heroines. I love the detail in her paintings.

I know in my last post I ranted about what a waste of money and time Christmas presents can be sometimes but this is different.

So my dear friends and family (or I should say, my dear Father Christmas), could I please have a painting from Leila Ataya this year?

I have been a good girl, I promise….


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Umasqu wall art, a present you won’t return.

Every year Christmas starts earlier.

This year, at the end of November, shop windows were already decorated with Christmas trees and stuff, and the city was already infested with advertisements for Christmas.

If we carry on like this, considering climate change, in a little while we will only have two seasons:  Summer and Winter/Christmas plus dozens of commercial anniversaries like Halloween, Mother’s day or Black Friday.

As you probably know by now, I am not a romantic at heart when we speak about Christmas, there is too much fuss for nothing in my book, if it wasn’t for the fact that Christmas allows me to have a little holiday and the fact that I love culinary traditions, I would be the reincarnation of Mister Scrooge.

I dislike waste as well and Christmas is the time where people buy things just because they feel obliged to give presents to people.

When I say that, I often have someone like Alex telling me that receiving and buying presents can be a pleasure, it is an act of love. Ok, but it doesn’t sound like that when you hear people huffing and puffing because they don’t know what to get for their relatives or people waiting for their friends to leave so they can comment on the awful presents or the amount of unwanted stuff taken to charities shops or simply the general choice of verbs used when referring to their Christmas shopping: “I have to buy a present for..” (I never say “I have to” when it is an act of love, you see).

The good news is that there are a few things around that almost everybody would like to receive, like the Umasqu wall art. The bad news is that people rarely buy these sort of things.

The amazing Umasqu masks and wall art in wood, formica, MDF  are available at www.umasqu.com with free delivery shipping.

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Punk baroque candles by Coreterno

It is time for candles, the clock turned back and we have all shifted towards a winter mood again.

Well let’s use it as an excuse to get some punk baroque candles, like these ones by Coreterno. I’ve also included some of their prints because I think they are pretty cool as well!

In her last editorial Cinzia Felicetti, editor of Marie Claire Maison Italia and a very talented writer if I may say so, underlines how we should focus on the slow change of the seasons and their magnificent beauty instead of focusing on the passing of time or the accumulation time on our shoulders. A very wise advice.

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Tokyo Design Studio’s crockery

Hello my lovely readers,

I am back from my holiday in California and I am still pretty jet-lagged.

We have been waking up at 5 or 6 am everyday since we came back but at least we don’t have the unbearable wave of tiredness and sleepiness during the day.

The positive side of being jet-lagged at the end of August in Rome is that the city is still very empty so you can take advantage of the early unwanted rises to go out and admire the dawn from some of the best spots in the city centre.

I have published quite a few photos of my holiday on Instagram and some are still to come, if you want to see my visions and views, follow me, I promise it is not going to be boring!

I am preparing a post for the beginning of September (a bit like the September magazine issues) which is going to be fun but in the meanwhile I want to show you this beautiful Japanese style crockery by Tokyo Design Studio.

They are the perfect wedding gift! I love the black ones from the collection Onyx Noir: in those dishes almost anything you cook will look like something off Master Chef!

For more ideas, see also Oka’s plates in Indian style, the stunning Casa Perrin’s table set tables, the ceramics inspired by sailors tattoos by Mutti, 

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

Add some fun with a cactus

Cactus has always been perceived as a fun plant. It must be their shape (and I am not going into that) or the fact that they so resilient and primitive looking or just because of their peculiar name.

As a matter of fact,  I have noticed that only fun people decide to decorate with cactus shaped objects or textiles represented cacti.

So if you also want to join the clan and you are looking for some inspiration, here is a selection of ideas to make your life a bit more…pricky!

If you like the tropical trend in general, check out my post with some advice or discover some amazing wallpapers here.

A 170 cm high cactus by Gufram.

White porceilan set of cactai from I Love Retro.

Cactus juicer from Red Candy

Cuilko textile by Pierre Frey

Serving dish by Hallmark.

Cactai candles from Not On The High Street


A colourful pencil holder from Red Candy

Cactus framed art by Houzz.










in Interiors, Ispiration

Good Last Minute Christmas Presents

It is that time of the year when people start feeling compelled to spend money: stock up on food and booze, decorate the house as much as possible, buy presents, even small useless things.

I have never been a compulsive buyer, I have always found shopping satisfying but only when I buy things I use, and in the last few years I have become even more practical, I buy less but better. Moreover I have never been that Christmassy so I am not at risk of overdoing it.

In a world where buying has become a compulsion that effects our environment and our society, it is not just important but also modern and clever to make different choices.

If you are not ready yet to give up this Christmas present thing and you are still wondering what to buy for your beloved, I would like to propose some alternative ideas.


In a world that needs to breath more, planting a tree is precious act of love. I have planted a few through the website Treedom

but there are a number of valid options on the net. You just have to pick a tree according to your budget, pay for it and then give or send all the details to the person you are giving the present to. This person will be able to follow the growth of the tree and monitor how much oxygen the tree produces.

It is literally a breath of fresh air buying a tree for someone.


Instead of buying a probably useless object or something people have an abundance of (which nowadays is most things), give a person an experience.

This doesn’t mean buying a hot air ballon trip but could mean organizing something nice with your beloved. For instance you could take them to the cinema and cheekily open a bottle of bubbles while watching the movie or you could take your mum for the best tea in town.


Donate some money to a charity that help kids, homeless or people affected by natural disasters is highly satisfying because with a small sum you can do a great deal.
Donating some money to a place you have been to or you would like to visit with the person the present is for an has been affected by a hurricane or tsunami for instance, is a particularly thoughtful present that your friend will appreciate and understand.


Alex always makes fun of me when I propose buying some fabric as a present but if you think about it, it is a brilliant idea: people can use it in many different ways making their own or having cushions made for them, tote bags, shawls, tops, little decorative flags, travel bags etc. It can be easily stored and if they don’t like it that much, they can still use it because it is one thing to wear a pair of earrings you don’t like but it is another to have an underwear bag made out of a fabric you wouldn’t have picked.


This is my favourite because it is the most original. I am sure your friend will appreciate the originality of the idea as well as the possibility of having a small share in a potentially successful business.

One of my suppliers once told me he bought a friend of his 10 scratch card for every year since she had been born for her birthday . The birthday girl received 400 scratch cards and won nothing, not even 2 euros.

This is a totally different cup of tea. When you take part in crowd-funding you are helping someone realise a dream, in many cases you contribute to the making of a cool or useful object or service and in the best case scenario you invest in a potentially growing idea.


I think books enrich people and they can be such a personal present as well if you choose well. And after all if you’re enriching those around you you benefit from being around more enriched people, it’s a win win!

I hope I have convinced you to at least think differently about some of your Christmas presents and invest in something that could have a bigger impact on the receiver and less impact on an increasingly excessive materialistic world.

If not check my post “A few good ideas for Christmas presents” or “Christmas Gift Ideas” or “Christmas present post”.


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My picks from Tiffany’s Everyday Objects

I have never desired to have breakfast at Tiffany‘s even if I always wanted to look like Audrey Hepburn (I suspect I am not the only one…) and I have always found the classic Tiffany’s green annoyingly a shade to light to be cool so when I learned that Tiffany had launched a new Home & Accessories collection my expectations weren’t particularly high when I checked it out.

I was actually surprised though to see a few pieces that I would like, shiny and well made enough to remind you that they are made by a jewellery brand and to realise that the Tiffany green looks good on porcelain.

These are my favourite bits so far with prices in euros and dollars:

in Furniture, Interiors

Signs at Sygns

Do you know when you see something in a bar or in magazine that you really like but you have not idea where you could get it?

If you like neon lights, a big trend of the moment, don’t look any further: the place to go to is Sygns.

At Sygns you can buy already made neon signs (look at their Etsy shop) or order online a customised one picking the text or design, font,  colour, plug and glow, cable’s color and background (pricing starting from 105 euros, worldwide delivery).

You just have to get creative now and find the right quote!

in Arts+ Crafts, Furniture

FactoLab concrete world

Christmas is around the corner again, it is incredible how time flies. It is time to be merry, I know but I need to get something off my chest first.

As a mother of a five year old I am surrounded by parents and I can’t help noticing that sometimes as parents we say things to our children without thinking very much.

We should. We should reflect more accurately on what we say to these little sponges since we have a duty to educate them.

For instance, something I can’t stand in this period of the year is when parents tell their kids that they have to behave well if they want Father Christmas to bring them some presents.

What kind of message is behind this?

Have all the poor children whose parents can afford to buy toys behaved badly then? Are the rich and spoiled kids  better behaved kids?  Syrian children don’t receive anything because they don’t deserve anything according to this distorted logic. Is this the message we want to pass onto them, even if indirectly, to our children?

I know parents are sometimes under pressure and we all use blackmail with them but in a world where some people have too much and most people not enough, we should weigh our words a bit more carefully if we want to bring up aware and fair  individuals.

I’ve got it off of my chest. We can now speak about the festive holidays and in particular about presents.

This year I am going to buy most of my Christmas presents from Etsy and I will definitely get some of these elegant concrete pots from FactoLab.

Each piece is handmade in Italy and therefore unique with the little imperfections of the materia adding charm to their geometric grey shapes. Reasonabily priced, FactoLab planters, lights, candle holders, pots are the perfect presents for almost everyone.

If they behave well, of course…..

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