Italian Decor: Fornasetti’s Cupole Series is My New Obsession

Fornasetti cupola plate Pantheon

The exquisite, suggestive, and timeless beauty of Fornasetti’s iconic design is perfected in his famous dome plates.

Your Personal Shopper

Thanks for the opportunity! I love shopping and Italy, so I thought my Italy-inspired personal shopper service would be a unique offering for the holidays or other gift-giving times. Let me help you find the perfect gift! You tell me what you are looking for and a price range—the more specific, the better. In return, … Read more

Italy Collection

Check out my ShopStyle Italy collection! The photos below are the inspiration for the looks I have created. Click on the images to see the products I have selected for each look. I have hand-picked all of these Italy-related items because they fit a certain aesthetic or they bring me joy. I hope that you … Read more

Shopping For Italy’s Best Artisanal Traditions

We recently profiled the Civilized Shopper’s Guides to Rome and Florence, two handy shopping guides for two of Italy’s most popular cities. Landing on bookshelves this week is the second edition of Made in Italy: A Shopper’s Guide to Italy’s Best Artisanal Traditions from Murano Glass to Ceramics, Jewelry, Leather Goods, and More. Written by … Read more

Bringing Home the Best from Italy

  It’s one thing to go to Italy and bring back photos, cheap souvenirs, and designer clothing that you could have bought at just about any department store or outlet. It’s quite another to bring back items that Italy is known for – quality leather, handmade paper, artisan chocolate, etc. That’s why I really like … Read more

Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783. Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.” Here’s another taste of the short article: When Antonio Bernagozzi … Read more