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Italian Lakes

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Hi nice people! I’m still having a hard time at the Italian Lakes! Weather is mixed but not bad at all. I am staying on the shores of Lake Como opposite ¬†beautiful Bellagio actually that’s not fair as its ALL beautiful! We took a ferry across the lake to visit Bellagio, a village clinging to the mountainside. There was an abundance of steep “alleyways” lined with shops and paved in cobbles. Sadly we arrived during the extended lunch ” hour” that appears to last up to three hours, and many of the shops were closed. I suppose that this saved me from myself and helped me to save money!

image image imageI adore the local architecture which can only be described as shabby chic, probably the original. Locals don’t seem heavily into home maintenance as all the houses are flaking ombr√© shades of yellow and terracotta-beautiful. There are many stunning villas along the lakeside. Many have not been opened up yet and remain shuttered. Apparently these huge villas are owned by uber rich Italians and even Russians. They are opened for the families for about two weeks a year if that. What a shame! The villas are left to be run by housekeepers and caretakers. I must see if George Clooney needs a housekeeper!

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Shabby shabby chic chic.

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This chair was upcycled by my daughter in law. She painted it a heritage grey and distressed it beautifully. The chair was further enhanced by creating the rose linen seat cover in toning shades, isn’t it lovely? Daughter in law is very talented and has upcycled dozens of items for herself and on commission. The super good thing about this chair is that it was a gift to myself as a surprise. The really super thing about this chair is that it originally belong to my Nanna (Grandmother) and was found in her attic when we cleared her loft after she died. Son laid claim to the chair and had it for many years before presenting it to me in its upcycled, new style.

The lace tablecloth was given to me by a friend. It is hand crocheted and from circa 1950. It is currently living in my linen stash which grows daily! This linen stash is intended, destined, to be upcycled but the thought of cutting it is impossible. Time will tell as to what projects I come up with. All ideas duly considered so watch this space!

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The table is an old pub table that I bought in the early 1980’s. It is perfect as an occasional kitchen table. It is extremely heavy due to its cast iron base. I have had many cups of tea and quiet reading moments at this table and certainly hope to have many more. Oh and this is where I normally blog so happy days.