Stars In Their Eyes

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Here in Italy the night of August 10th is known as “la notte di San Lorenzo”. On this night, you turn your eyes to the sky and look for shooting stars. Have your wishes ready and make one when you are so lucky to spot a streak of light. When I was a kid I loved getting lost in the night sky. I still find it incredibly inspiring and crazy wonderful and scary to think that we are a tiny part of a massive universe, and that there are things so much infinitely bigger and more ancient and mysterious than us out there.

Lately I don’t always remember this appointment, and the shooting stars’ peak has actually moved towards the 12th-13th August, but when I see the date drawing closer on the calendar, I start seeing stars everywhere and my head spins with ideas!

I wanted so badly to take some star-related pictures, and I think I went through three or four different ideas before settling on this one. Honestly, I can’t remember when or how it popped to my mind, I just remember getting all the props ready, like I had always known what I was going to do. My brain is weird and sometimes works wonders by its own (thank God), especially when short on time and supplies because I was starting to feel very discouraged (I was planning a shoot with real people but the timing didn’t work).

The idea is quite simple. I had some jewellery that I felt could go with the “starry” theme (the star-in-the-hoop earrings are my all time favourites and a gift from when I was in primary school), I borrowed a few models from fashion magazines and made something like a 3D collage with sequins, shiny cardboard stars and tiny gold ones and a couple of my scribbles.

I still have a ton of ideas around stars, but you gotta start somewhere, don’t you, and I think this is a pretty good first attempt :) Do you have any star-related jewellery? I am on the lookout for some tiny star earring studs and a necklace. Oh, I want something with the moon, too.

Enjoy and keep your eyes to the sky!
Xo Ines

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Quando si avvicina la notte di San Lorenzo cominciano sempre a girarmi in testa un sacco di idee che hanno a che fare con le stelle.. Avrei voluto fare delle foto con persone vere ma tempi e disponibilità non lo permettevano (e non ho familiarità con l’autoscatto), perciò ho reclutato modelle sconosciute dalle pagine di riviste di moda (vedi alla voce “l’arte di arrangiarsi”) per indossare orecchini e braccialetti che in qualche modo mi sembravano rientrare nel tema.

Qualche decina di paillettes, stelline e scatti più tardi.. Sono usciti delle specie di “collage 3D” e il risultato finale non mi dispiace affatto :) Sarete anche voi con il naso all’insù la notte di San Lorenzo (o meglio, il 12 e 13 Agosto) a caccia di stelle cadenti? Io i desideri pronti ce li ho..

Have a Magical, Starry Summer!
Xo Ines

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Free Downloadable Summer Prints

inesness | Free Downloadable Summer Prints

The other day it suddenly hit me. It finally felt like Summer with a capital S. It was nothing in particular, just a mix of things adding up and a nostalgic feeling that I always associate with the season. Isn’t summer the only season we don’t want to end? Even though the hot weather can wear us down, it’s always hard to say goodbye to the holidays, summer nights, dips in the sea, gelato for lunch, books read under the beach umbrella.. Summer can be so sweet that I can’t help but miss it already, even while I’m living it. Do you get what I mean?

Anyway, I felt like I needed a print in the house to give off this summer feeling so.. I made one (or two)! I wanted it to be summer-y but without any pineapples/ flamingos/ toes in the sand etc so I had a look around on Unsplash and I found this picture by Diana Feil (click HERE to see and download the original, which is in colour and in super hi-res. All of Unsplash’s pictures are free to use for whatever you fancy. Crediting the photographer is not required but is appreciated).

I changed the picture in black and white and started scribbling away. I always like a handwritten touch, and I like that the prints are quite minimal, I imagined they could go in a very nordic home ;) I’d put the prints in black frames, if only I had some.

Then I took a few pictures in the garden under a very hot sun, which was worth all the sweating and nearly-heatstroke because I am all for harsh shadows lately. And soft shadows of trees and leaves. Ok, shadows in general.

That’s allll, I hope you enjoy and a Happy sweet sweet Summer to you!
Xo Ines

Click HERE to download “Sweet summer all around us”
Click HERE to download “That summer feeling”

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L’altro giorno all’improvviso ho pensato “Ehi, ma E’ ESTATE!” Cioè, lo sapevo già (siamo ad agosto), ma è come se non me ne fossi completamente resa conto prima.. Per me l’estate è una stagione nostalgica, forse l’unica che non vorremmo finisse mai perchè significa dire arrivederci alle vacanze, ai bagni al mare e in piscina, alle letture sotto l’ombrellone, ai gelati, ai vestiti leggeri.. Per fortuna quel momento è ancora lontano, e allora godiamocela questa sweet sweet summer! :)

Se anche voi volete un po’ di summer feeling in casa vostra, ho preparato due stampe da scaricare. Ho pensato a qualcosa di minimal, che sapesse di estate ma senza ananas o fenicotteri, qualcosa che potesse stare bene anche in una casa in stile nordico ;) La foto non è mia (difficile trovare palme così rigogliose nella Pianura Padana), è di Diana Feil e l’ho scaricata da Unsplash, dove ne potete trovare moltissime altre. Tutte le foto sono a vostra completa disposizione per qualsiasi progetto, anche per uso commerciale, senza bisogno di licenza nè di indicare il fotografo (i credits non sono obbligatori ma sono comunque apprezzati). Cliccate QUI per scaricare la foto originale, a colori e in altissima risoluzione.

Le foto le ho scattate in giardino sotto il sole cocente delle 4 di pomeriggio, rischiando un colpo di calore, ma ne è valsa la pena perchè ultimamente mi piacciono un sacco le ombre forti. E le ombre sfumate. E.. ok, mi piacciono le foto con le ombre in generale. Ma forse l’argomento si merita un post a sè ;)

Cliccate QUI per scaricare la stampa “Sweet summer all around us”
Cliccate QUI per scaricare la stampa “That summer feeling”

Hope you enjoy! Buona buonissima estate a tutti voi, Xo Ines

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EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #3 | #valetutto Souvenir Table

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I have to admit: Easter Table Style n.3 is MY FAVOURITE! When I started, I thought I could never top Style #1 (see here) but I am actually 100% crazy enthusiastic about this setting, I love everything about it! Probably because, well, it has a little bit of everything in it :)

Inspired by Funky Table and Bitossi Home’s La Tavola Scomposta and the maximalist trend of Corian Cabana Club at 2017 Milan Design Week (I’ll post pictures soon, I promise), I adopted the #valetutto approach, which translates “everything goes”. Sometimes it feels good to break the rules and just let design and styling be a play. Mix different styles, patterns, colours, whatever as long as you like it. It’s your home, your table, after all.

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How to recreate the #valetutto Souvenir Table? First, go BIG on the flowers, fake ones or real ones. Either splurge for once with the real ones (or collect them from kind neighbouring gardens – ask for permission!) or buy fake flowers over time (they are darn expensive) and you’ll see you’ve built up a handy collection when it comes to make eye-catching compositions like this one.

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Or, if you want, leave the flowers, they are not the focal point in the table setting, although they do bring a lot of colour. Instead of doing a big composition you could put just one or two flowers on the guests’ napkins with a little tag, as placecards.

I had two pink vases (one is actually a beer bottle spray painted pink) and too many flowers to fit. The thing is we don’t EVER buy vases in our home. I think we own three in total. But I do save lots of milk/juice/whatever bottles (#hoarder or #smartcrafter?). I didn’t like the pink + clear glass pairing, so I made do with some pink planters from IKEA. Ta-da! Colour coherence maintained and I like that they are all different sizes. Spruce them up with colourful pom-poms and tassels.

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For this table, dig out your souvenir plates. If you have ever had a friend who went to Spain or Portugal or Greece you have surely been gifted some handpainted ceramics (bowls, coasters, trays, tiles anyone?). If you don’t own any, it’s a good reason to start collecting them during the next Summer holidays ;) Another good option is to hit thrift stores, vintage markets, or to just ask your granparents, oftentimes they have real treasures!

You’ll also need some solid colour plates (enter my pink plates again! and some green ones). Don’t try too hard, but it would be a good thing to pair the souvenir plates with some colour-matching solid ones. Tie your cutlery together with pom poms and tassels.

The colours of these napkins are to die for! All old ones from my granparents.

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I am crazy for all these colours, and I think it’s a super festive table. What do you say? This is the final style suggestion for Easter, I wish you a good one, filled with chocolate eggs and happy moments with your family and loved ones!

I’ll be back soon here on the blog (lots of inspiration from Milan Design Week)!!
Xoxo Ines
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Cercherò di essere breve. Quest’ultimo stile è in assoluto, 100%, lo giuro, il mio preferito! E pensare che avrei scommesso tutto sul primo (insomma, non si batte il rosa). Ma questo!! #valetutto Souvenir Table, ti adoro! Ispirata dalla Tavola Scomposta di Funky Table e Bitossi Home e dal maximalism del Corian Cabana Club visti al Fuorisalone 2017 (arrivano i post, arrivano), ho tirato fuori tutti i piattini souvenir che ci hanno regalato negli anni, rubato tovaglioli ai nonni, abbinato il tutto a piatti tinta unita e bicchieri di vetro colorato, decorato con qualche pom pom e una valanga di fiori (100% finti ma chissene, un po’ di kitsch su questa tavola ci sta!).

Tavola pronta! Facile, no? Mixate colori, pattern e stili – souvenirs dal Trentino! Portogallo! Sardegna! Il motto è #valetutto, a patto che il risultato sia divertente (spesso i souvenir sono legati a bei ricordi) e abbia i vostri colori preferiti, rispecchi la vostra personalità, o le cose che più piacciono alla vostra famiglia. Mi piace l’idea che ci sia un po’ di tutto e di tutti sulla tavola, no? Coinvolgete i bambini nella preparazione delle decorazioni e i nonni come fornitori di stoviglie vintage. Buona buonissima Pasqua a tutti, ci leggiamo presto qui sul blog! Xo Ines

Ps. Questa volta niente galleria, le foto sono così colorate che vanno gustate a schermo pieno!! 

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EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #2 | Minimal Botanical

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Welcome back to the blog for Easter table style number 2! In the first one (see here) it was (almost) all about pink, now let’s embrace the “Green Trend”, shall we? But don’t worry, it’s so easy to set this table, no need to buy expensive plants.

To recreate this Minimal Botanical style, use a white tablecloth and white dishware. Here you have two options: for a modern look, choose basic white plates with clean shapes – once again, you can easily find them at IKEA (for ex. FÄRGRIK set), or (my favourite of the two) search for plates that have that imperfect, handmade feel to them. Wonky shape, texture, even not perfectly white. Mine are from the Mediterraneo collection by Novità Home. Pair with gold cutlery.

Now, onto the greens. In the picture there are only two vases, but I would make more in different heights and line them as a runner at the center of the table. Then, when it’s time to eat, I’d move them over to a nearby sideboard, or it would be difficult to see the other guests with all those tall leaves in front of their faces!

I picked up my plants in the garden, I guess you could easily find them in a field. I like their tall leaves and thin stem, and the fact that they create very strong, vertical lines. With more vases it could be a very cool display, kind of recreating an actual field.

I also used some smaller white flowers which look good grouped in shorter, wide vases, which you can use as “placecards” or scatter here and there on the table.

On the sideboard, why don’t you also make a backdrop with some paintings – doesn’t matter the subject, since you’ll be showing their backs (hello again, IKEA. I think they are the ones who started using the back of huge canvases in their styled shoots – I saw them live at IKEA Festival in Milan, I swear!). You can use them to pin or tape pictures, botanical black and white images and a touch of kraft/havana tags. Build your Easter moodboard and show it to your guests!

What do you think of this style? Does this table feel Easter-y to you? I think it does. A very chic and “organic” Easter, imagine all the colours from the food how they will pop against all that white. If you think there is still too much white, you can fight the “wedding table” feel with lots of chocolate eggs!! ;)

See you tomorrow with the 3rd style and I’m telling ya, I’m going to town with the last one!! You’ll see. Thanks for reading, you are seriously the best!!
Xoxo Ines


Ben ritrovati! Il secondo suggerimento per la tavola di Pasqua è uno stile Minimal Botanical, facile da ricreare e molto “easy” sul portafoglio. Chi non ha in casa un servizio di basici piatti bianchi? Il trucco è giocare con il (quasi) total white: piatti bianchi su tovaglia bianca, alcuni dettagli dorati con le posate, il cestino portapane/grissini (sto inventando.. cosa ci si potrebbe mettere dentro?) e lasciare la parte da padrone al verde.

Niente composizioni floreali complicate, prendete qualche spiga e foglia dal giardino o dal primo campo che vi capita sottomano. Mi piaceva l’idea della foglia sottile e dall”andamento verticale. Nella foto ci sono solo due vasi, ma ne farei molti di più da disporre come un runner al centro della tavola. Salvo poi spostarli al momento di mangiare altrimenti, così alti, toglierebbero la vista agli invitati! 

Sulla tavola potete lasciare dei vasetti più piccoli e bassi con fiorellini bianchi (mi serve un corso accelerato di botanica, non so il nome di un fiore che sia uno) come segnaposto oppure qua e là lungo la tavola. I vasi con le foglie alte, abbiamo detto, vanno spostati su un mobile, sul quale potete creare un display usando il retro (oh yes, il retro) di alcune tele (genialata! possono anche essere soggetti orrendi, tanto non è quello il lato visibile. Grazie IKEA per la styling tip) alle quali attaccare immagini a tema green, stampe botaniche vintage in bianco e nero, e aggiungere un tocco kraft con delle etichette di cartoncino. 

Che ve ne pare? Avete il pollice verde o preferite la tavola in rosa di ieri? Se siete indecisi come me, l’ultimo stile è quello che fa per voi! Spoiler alert: #valetutto!! 

Ci leggiamo domani, byyyye Ines

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Ha! I’ve found that it is a much smarter idea to display the pictures in a gallery (thanks WordPress!) Just click on any of the images to see in larger size!

EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #1 | Pink at Grandma’s

inesness | EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #1 | Pink at Grandma's

Hello there! Can you believe it’s going to be Easter in 3 days?! Where did time go? Actually, it’s not a bad thing, it means summer is just around the corner ;)

So, I am curious. What is your Easter table going to look like? Are you having lunch with your family and relatives? Whether you are hosting meals at your place or going to be a guest at someone else’s (maybe to a restaurant, lucky you!), here’s some inspiration for your Easter table.. or for a table setting for any future occasions (just ditch the eggs!).

I’ll share 3 styles up until Saturday. The first one is my favourite (pink, duh) and it gave me the perfect opportunity to dig out aaaall the pink tableware I have bought in the last year(s). I called it Pink at Grandma’s because I paired pink dishes, bowls and rose-tinted glasses with white plates and ceramic pieces like the big bowl (that’s SO granny, c’mon) for pasta (do you have a typical Easter-y dish? Tortelli? Ravioli? Lasagne?) and mini cocottes which can be used to serve sauces, dips and small appetizers.

Add flowers in recycled glass bottles and wooden cutting boards for some texture and a “rustic” vibe. What do you think? Too much pink for the men in the family? Well, then they can set the table next year! ;)

Check back here tomorrow for another style! Xo Ines


Ehilà! Voglio farmi i fattacci vostri, voglio sapere come sarà la vostra tavola di Pasqua! ;) Ospiterete il pranzo di famiglia e parenti? Oppure sarete ospiti? O andrete al ristorante? Colomba o agnello? 

In ogni caso, da oggi fino a sabato, posterò sul blog 3 stili per la tavola che vanno bene sia per Pasqua, sia per altre occasioni (ecco, magari Natale no). Idee e ispirazioni ce ne sono per tutti, spero che troverete qualcosa che si avvicina al vostro stile personale!

Il primo, infatti, è per chi non ha paura del rosa in dosi esagerate (ooops). L’ho chiamato Pink at Grandma’s perchè ho abbinato piatti, piattini e ciotole rosa a piatti bianchi e ceramiche un po’ retrò, come quelle che si possono trovare nella cucina della nonna, appunto. Il mood è domestico e familiare, con qualche tagliere di legno e fiori in bottigliette di vetro. Se il rosa non è proprio il vostro colore, usate altri piatti (come quelli della collezione Romantic di Bitossi, o gli Arv bianchi o grigi di Ikea con i Dinera rosa), basta che siano colori pastello, altrimenti con piatti a fantasie pop potete dire addio all’effetto “new romantic”. 

Venerdì arriva uno stile decisamente più minimal! ;)
Ci leggiamo domani? Xo Ines

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Ps. I couldn’t choose between playing with some graphics (add text, faux washi tape) or leaving the pictures alone.. so I just decided to post them both!

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Blue Monday

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Today is Blue Monday, which is supposedly “the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere”. Well, I’m sorry for you, dear pseudoscientists, but today is a beautiful sunny day here in Italy and, besides, when I hear “Blue Monday”, all it comes to my mind is a day of celebration of all things BLUE (which was, by the way, my favourite colour before Pink came along). So, without further ado, here is some blue inspiration for you! Enjoy, Xo Ines

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Find all the sources of these images in my Pinterest Board, aptly named “Blu” ;)