I love Italy, I’ve been to Tuscany, Bologna, Genoa, Venice, Rome, Verona, Lake Garda, Sicily, Milan, Italians always make style and taste appear effortless. So for this week’s house fantasy I went to the wise and wonderful Mari for some input on all things Italian. She lived in Italy for over 20 years and still has family living there. She blogs about her life at Mari’s world and also writes a joint blog Folgaria News with her grown up daughter who lives in Italy.
Mari and I met at a blogging event, and have got to know each other better by climbing Snowdon together and being Panasonic Ambassadors, she even gave me an ironing lesson. We randomly found our caravans next door but one at Camp Bestival, clearly the world wants us to hang out more.
I was intrigued to read that Italy taught Mari ‘that food is the focus of the family, it brings everyone together and is a moment where stories are told, where bonds are strengthened and where laughter happens’ so I was curious to find out what she keeps of Italy in her UK home. Over to Mari:
Mari raising her glass at a wine tasting, she is also a Lindemann’s wine ambassador.
My home is littered with lots of Italian things as it’s such a huge part of my life but when I nailed it down to a few products I came up with:
Tablecloths – because Italy is such an ‘eat together’ nation, where the family sit down and enjoy food together for long periods of time. The table takes on an important part of these regular meetings and one thing that always goes on is a table cloth, even the garden table for eating ‘Al fresco’ - that’s Italian by the way Even garden tables have the oilcloths on them.
Art. Wherever you go in Italy you will find lots and lots of art, museums, churches, walls and family homes too. I used to love visiting my friend’s houses so I could see their art and ask where they’d got it, some were inherited, some bought on a holiday and some done by themselves.
Italian Art with a romantic story
Ceramics – yes this piece is broken, it’s been hit by balloons, and a flying fairy so it’s a bit worse for wear these days but I hope to go back one day and replace it. This beautiful object is a whistle, you blow through the top. It has a story as they were traditionally made by a boy to give to his sweetheart as a sign of his undying love and engagement. Isn’t that sweet? I also have LOTS of bowls and platters from Italy, beautifully coloured.
Lastly EVERYONE knows how important coffee is to an Italian and when you visit someone’s home they will make a moka and serve the coffee in these little espresso cups.
Thank you Mari!
I love the simplicity, the beauty and the colour of Italian homewares, and that they are built to do their job while looking good.
Wayfair have a gorgeous collection of Italian Style Dining table and kitchen ware. From ice cream and expresso makers to ravioli tins and pasta makers, you can really embrace all the amazing things Italy has to offer. Or if you prefer some simpler touches, how about a tablecloth, this is by Woven Magic, a parmesan grater, a bread basket, an oil can drizzler, Alessi heart shaped ice cream spoons, and a Moka Expresso maker?
Do you have any Italian influences in your home? What would your Italian house fantasy involve?