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

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

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

'Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...' C.S. Lewis A new friend Sarah from Birdie Hill recently  called me  'Superwoman' over at the Renovating Italy facebook page. Yet I don't feel like this cartoon super-heroine, I feel tired, cranky and ready to burst into tears […] Read More

rustic italian kitchen

'The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten'  Cesare Pavese The heart of most homes is the kitchen, our rustic Italian kitchen is starting to take shape after a bit of TLC and lots of work from Sam. Over the last few days he pulled out the old sink and tiles, mixed up […] Read More

A few nights ago I came across the video we took during our time at Borga Nari. I thought I had lost it all, so I have been happily reminiscing with Sam. Carina is of course much older now but she loves watching herself in these video's. I thought I'd share them with you  (hopefully […] Read More

I thought tonight I would share with you all a little video from our time at Borga Nari, now you just need to bear in mind the following things Big number one - this is not a professional video I created this to send home to my family if you wish you can forward to […] Read More

rustic farmhouse

Restoring our Rustic Farmhouse Looking back is always interesting when you renovate... the first days at our rustic farmhouse in the mountains of Piedmont were completely naive. We bought the house by torchlight on a sunny day in June. I didn't even go inside I just knew I wanted to live here and nowhere else […] Read More