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Italian Renovations – one step forward, two steps back and a big Dream

by Lisa Chiodo

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Italian Renovation

‘Remember why you Started’


Some days our Italian renovation,  even the dream home in Italy, has an overwhelming feel to it. Every single place I look something needs to be done. Where to start, what needs doing first, how’s the budget going? I find the best way to start is to visualize the end result. I have little visual areas in the house, places I can glance at through the day to give me a glimpse of how I imagine it will all be….one day soon.

On the day that Sam took these photos none of those little areas are in view, this is the reality of our house at this moment in time. Nothing changed, nothing moved for the photo or rearranged, just daily life in our rustic Italian renovation. It may never be glamorous, actually it’s highly unlikely that it will ever be glamorous, eclectic chic I like to call it.

So this is reality for now… imagination has plenty of room to play here, and I like to let it run wild.

house courtyard

house courtyard 2

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house kitchen

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house master

house guest

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house deck

house porch

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I’ll continue to update you all on our Italian renovation, and the ups and downs along the way.

Don’t forget to dream, share your dream with us here…..I’d love for 50 dreams to come true!

we will be in Paris for my 50th next year … you’re ALL invited x

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inspiration board images via home on pinterest

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1 Jo@TheDesertEcho November 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

It’s so wonderful you are seeing your dream come true. I love your inspiration photos, number 6 with that soft light coming through the arch is particularly lovely.
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2 Samantha Harper November 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

It looks like one of the top few renovations. Gorgeous white color. I wish all the best for your 50th birthday.

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3 Krista November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m SO thrilled that you are planning for Paris! That makes me very happy, and I’m hoping with all my heart that Bear and I can make it to celebrate with you. :-) I sure understand about the renovation process. It is eerily similar to the farming process. :-) It seems like the harder we work the more jobs pop up! :-) But it is lovely to focus on those small areas that seem done, at least for the moment. :-)
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4 Lisa Wood November 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Renovations are so like that, with lots to do and lots of dreams waiting to come true! I don’t think we will ever be finished renovating the motorhome :)
I love your 50 year Birthday dream…to celebrate it in Paris. Funny enough Paris has always been a place that I have wanted to see!! I am so sharing this dream with David tonight…it would be so good to travel to see you all again :)
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5 Charmain Giuliani November 15, 2013 at 7:13 am

I love your bitchin’ roof tiles too death!!!!!!!!!


6 Catherine November 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

It is essential to dream! And so lovely to see your dreams evolving. There is so much unexpected beauty at every corner. Yes to Paris for your fiftieth! I go there for work twice s year and it is still my favourite city. The city of light! Xxcat
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7 jann November 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Such stunning fireplaces. I see cozy winter days with your family all snuggled up together…& also see a porchetta on the spit (oops, maybe you’re vegetarian?)! I love it all, Lisa! Savor the process. Do you know how many people would love to be in your shoes? (This is always what my husband told me when I was feeling overwhelmed with my renovation.) xxxxx
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8 Dahlene November 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

It is also my dream to be in Paris for my 50th in December next year – with a gift shop to run I don’t think the dream will come true – too hard to get away at that time of the year. Maybe, April 2015 ( my 30th wedding anniversary) might be more achievable…fingers crossed.


9 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:46 am

Sounds like a plan Dahlene, what’s the name of your gift shop? Also April in Europe is such a beautiful time of year so just perfect timing x
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10 Dahlene November 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Lisa, my shop is called I’m In Heaven. I changed the name to that 8 years ago when I moved premises, after overhearing so many people coming in and saying ohhhh I’m in heaven. I thought what could be a better name than that for my little shop. You can check it out on facebook at I’m In Heaven – Tea Room and Gift Shoppe. We were in Italy in May on a whirlwind two week visit, thought about you while we were there, the closest we got to you was Milan. Can’t wait to be back in Italy again, either, so hopefully Paris and Italy in the same visit…. I can only dream.


11 Margaret | Destination Here&Now November 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I’ve just closed my eyes again
Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Driver take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind …
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12 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

Awww you made me tear up… beautiful xx
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13 Alison November 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

My plan. Italy for my 50th…see you soon!


14 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

Perfect and can’t wait to meet up with you!!
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15 Wynne November 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

Wow, it’s come a long way – it looks terrific! I’m living my dream for the moment, for MY milestone birthday (spent it in Bologna). And who knows…perhaps I’ll be in the vicinity of Paris next year!


16 andrea November 18, 2013 at 1:26 am

Stai dalle parti di Pinerolo?


17 Lisa Chiodo November 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

Yes in the area of Pinerolo Andrea x


18 andrea November 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

I also :)


19 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

such a small world xx
where are you
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20 andrea November 21, 2013 at 12:16 am

i live in Vigone, which is 10 minutes from Pinerolo.. Today i read on Eco Del Chisone about the american televison came to Bobbio for your home (sorry, i’dont know very well Enghlis)


21 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

Looking at our house I’m amazed how much we’ve done in such a short time. So you have had your big birthday on this trip? Wow Happy Birthday xx
See you so soon now arghhh xxx
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22 Anne November 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

Hello Lisa , I think it is fabulous , well done for taking the huge step (even though I know you have done it before) and yes we will all be with you on your dream trip to Paris ♥
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23 Lisa Chiodo November 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

This house has such a different feel to our last Italian house, and also I am at home with the community here. This is our long term house and after so many years of renovating and living from boxes I’m looking forward to making this our home. Paris here we come x
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