Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

Collages from rio Paraná

Sono i fiumi 

Siamo il tempo. Siamo la famosa
parabola di Eraclito l’Oscuro.
Siamo l’acqua, non il diamante duro,
che si perde, non quella che riposa.

Siamo il fiume e siamo anche quel greco
che si guarda nel fiume.
Il suo riflesso
muta nell’acqua del cangiante specchio,
nel cristallo che muta come il fuoco.

Noi siamo il vano fiume prefissato,
dritto al suo mare. L’ombra l’ha accerchiato.
Tutto ci disse addio, tutto svanisce.

La memoria non conia più monete.
E tuttavia qualcosa c’è che resta
E tuttavia qualcosa c’è che geme.

L'artefice 

Guardare il fiume che è di tempo e acqua
e pensare che il tempo è un altro fiume,
saper che ci perdiamo come il fiume
e che passano i volti come l'acqua.

Sentire che la veglia è un altro sonno
che sogna di esser veglia e che la morte
che il nostro corpo teme è quella morte
d'ogni notte che noi chiamiamo sonno.

Avvertire in un giorno o un anno il simbolo
dei giorni d'ogni uomo e dei suoi anni,
dell'oltraggioso scorrere degli anni
fare una musica, un sussurro, un simbolo,

vedere un oro triste nel tramonto
e nella morte il sonno è la poesia,
che è povera e immortale. La poesia
torna come l'aurora ed il tramonto.

Talora nelle grigie sere un volto
ci guarda dal profondo d'uno specchio;
l'arte dev'esser come quello specchio
che ci rivela il nostro stesso volto.

Ulisse, è fama, stanco di prodigi,
pianse d'amore quando scorse Itaca
umile e verde. L'arte è questa Itaca
di verde eternità, non di prodigi.

È anche come il fiume interminabile
che passa e resta, e replica uno stesso
Eraclito incostante ch'è lo stesso
e un altro, come il fiume interminabile.

«Il tempo è la sostanza di cui sono fatto.
Il tempo è un fiume che mi trascina, e io sono il fiume; è una tigre che mi sbrana, ma io sono la tigre; è un fuoco che mi divora, ma io sono il fuoco.
Il mondo, disgraziatamente, è reale; io, disgraziatamente, sono Borges»

Giorgia Alliata - Artist | Poems - Jorge Luis Borges

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

- Hunt a few old frames at home or at a flea market. {you could always cover up something you don't like anymore}
- Collect thick paper from beautiful wrapping leftovers, old calendars, vintage or freshly new decupage paper.
- Scissors or a paper cutter, vinyl glue, a pencil.
- Help yourself with sand paper if you need to smooth the frame.
- Remember you must always draw the lines before cutting the paper with your pencil!!
- Soften the paper with the glue before sticking it to the frame...

*** To make it extra-zero-waste: you can also easily cover up small notebooks if you have some of the beautiful paper left!

Frame 
     your
walls

Francesca and Eugenia ~ founders ~ Vernisse

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

1. What is the mood for tonight? Formal? Romantic? Colourful? Personally I love contrasts ~ set up a formal table and then serve pizza and beer!

2.  Placemats or Tablecloth? I usually choose between the 2 but it is also fun to layer! Get some fresh flowers to match colours!
3. Plates and Glasses: never be afraid to mix!
4. Play around with Napkins + Cutlery + Jugs (I'm a huge fan of gluggle jugs!)

Have a look....what's the vibe? Do you like it? If not go back to point 2!
 

5. Personalise: I love seating my guests using name cards (still using the ones from my wedding!) ~ alternatively you can always ask an illustrator to draw some for you! 

6. Accessorise! This is the last step to set up a real eclectic table. Candlesticks or Fresh flowers in small colourful vases? BOTH! Or opt for a "giardino all'italiana centerpiece"! Add some pottery animals? Use your imagination and your special objects. 
In my dining-room I have a special closet full of things to decorate tablescapes!
BE INVENTIVE + HAVE FUN!

Set up an eclectic dinner table

Virginia di Carpegna ~ CX Manager Hermès

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

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recipes for your home

     First of all do a treasure hunt in your room to find:

  • Teeny tiny objects with magical value for no one else but for you like memories, love notes, empty notebooks that were never filled...

  • Now give them each one a purpose: use one of those empty notebooks filling them with "don't forget" notes to fall asleep without pending to-do's.

  • The second notebook can be filled with all joyful moments of the day, to fall into dreams about them.

  • Carefully place all the objects that you scavenged onto your chosen bedside table.

  • Choose a few special ones to hang just above it to create movement and balance.
    Buenas Noches estrellitas...!

Style your bedside
table

Cécile Denis ~ Casa Balandra

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

     How to set up you Sacred Altar...

  • Put together a few objects and special things collected around the world.

  • Crystals, a Madonna from Mexico, a tiny painting...

  • Create a personal morning ritual.

  • Get some fresh flowers to bring some life to it and dried rose petals for the altar

  • Light up some candles (mine are from Mexico) and set them around it to bring light to the space.

  • Add incense to release lovely fragrance and add a ceremonial atmosphere to the room.

  • Send out your prayers and positive energy out to the universe...

  • Finally wake up the good spirits with a tiny bell and you will be all set to start your day positively!

Temple in your home

Deborah Nolan ~ Tulsi Shop

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

  • Lemons + oranges from your fridge

  • Flowers from a bouquet, from your garden or found on the way to your groceries... it's spring!

  • Ribbons from old gifts, twine, cords, whatever you can find home.

  • Put your flowers to dry head down outside your window.

  • Wait patiently for a week 1/2 or 2.

  • Finally take your dried flowers and mix the petals choosing the scents that best go together.

  • Et voilà!! Your homemade Pot Pourri is ready to enhance your home with spring smells! Enjoy!

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     Pourri

Claudia d'Oncieu, co-founder ~ Paraná Studio

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

  • Magazines, Old Books

  • Scissors + Glue

  • Wooden board / Thick paper

  • Découper + Coller

  • Play around with images + your imagination

  • Take your time

  • ENJOY!!!

'Quarantaine'  de Collages

Decorating was not on the priority list, but having a good time certainly was.

recipes for your home

Spring Table Setting x 1

  • Take the loveliest cloth you own {if you don't own any take a colourful pareo}

  • Choose two of your favorite plates

  • Flowers: put them in between two plates + in small vases all around you

  • Add small recipients for salt&pepper

  • Candles are essential for a dinner setting !

Clementina Calleri, co-founder ~ Paraná Studio