The Project – Borgata Malpertus

borgata malpertus

    By Anna Lebedeva International Living Magazine Looking from our balcony I can see the valley with it's green mountains that touch the clouds in spring and summer. Our village below has stood through time and the fields above our house are filled with Alpine wildflowers of every colour," says Lisa Chiodo, who, together […] Read More

casa bianca kitchen

The renovation of the Casa Bianca kitchen is slowly coming along, we were aiming to have it finished before Sam's parents arrived from Australia but then we each fell sick in turn. Sam did manage to get the finish on the wall and ceiling, and he has started the floor tiles (which look great) but […] Read More

inexpensive makeover

  Sam's parents are coming over from Australia, that's WHY! It's been three years since we've seen them and they are arriving here in the last week of March. They will be staying with us for three months. So they need a space of their own. With our Loft Apartment taking bookings and our own […] Read More

One big thing I've been working on is a new site dedicated to the restoration project here at Borgata Malpertus. This year we are looking to continue with the restoration here in the Borgata. We'd love you to come and join us in 2016 either here at the blog, over at facebook or with a […] Read More

original bread oven

Entering the large double wooden gates to the the lower courtyard the first thing you see is the original bread oven. Dating to 1916 (the date carved in the rock oven door) and with a large area underneath used for the pigs we are told. Sadly the interior of the oven was beyond repair and […] Read More

  Slowly stripping back to the essentials, seeing what is missing, and adding a touch of love. Finding the bare bones. Seeing what can be done with what you've got.   Restoring an old home means removing the signs of a life hard lived. A fresh start, enhancing the beauty, removing the barriers. Finding what […] Read More

Life is full of beautiful moments  this is why we came to Italy for our Children, for a simpler lifestyle and to find 'us' again..... I love messy, I love life and dirt and skinned knees, I love my kids playing outside, rounding up chickens, open hearts, a treasure hunt every day, joy in each […] Read More

stay with us

Stay with Us "Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary" Robin Williams - Dead Poets Society   It feels like a new phase of our life here in the valley is underway at the moment. A positive feeling of accomplishment, moving forward and creating new dreams. Most of our concern to date has been […] Read More

rustic farmhouse

No matter the set backs with our rustic farmhouse we always keep moving forward. Over the past month I've been out of action with a mystery illness. Sam has continued to work on 'Casa Bianca' next door to our house, we hope to have it habitable so friends and family can come to stay with […] Read More

An Italian Renovation   The White House [Casa Bianca] Recently the house next to ours came up for sale, the neighbors have moved to the town and the agent let us know it was for sale. Another Italian Renovation and of course we were interested but hadn't thought it would come up for at least […] Read More