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

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

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

The Iceberg Project

  'In Italy, I finally got over the wall of half-assed language learning'   cher hale - The Iceberg Project Cher Hale from The Iceberg Project recently invited me to speak with her about our life in Italy and of course learning the language. I started out a bundle of nerves but as we talked […] Read More

It's all those little moments that make life a very big adventure... unknown We arrived in Milan airport almost a year ago now, and it seems like yesterday until I look at these photos. Our Rustic Italian living room has slowly progressed and although not finished is now a space I love. Creating our rustic […] Read More

italian dream

 'Maybe one day we'll find the place where our dream and reality meet'  ~ Winter is on it's way with temperatures dropping down to one degree (that's celsius ) outside. The italian dream is getting cold. Last week we had our first heavy snow, making us realize that the pathetic efforts we have been making […] Read More