Valeria Garbo


Upcycling, from recycling to ecofriendly reusing

Have you ever heard of upcycling? One way or the other we’re sure you know what it’s about. And you’ve probably done it yourself too, especially if you follow our column dedicated to DIY projects. What is upcycling? Upcycling is the reuse of waste materials and objects that are no longer of use, to create new products, with the intention of enhancing them. We are therefore talking about creative recycling ideas, but also much larger projects, such as the revaluation in the world of architecture and interior design. So it’s both the wooden wine bottle crates used as flower boxes,…

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Bricolage, Bricolage, Home, Home

Homemade vases: upcycling ideas for spring

With the arrival of spring, don’t you feel the desire to fill your house, balcony and garden with flowers? The intoxicating scent, that extra touch of colour… a touch of vitality and romance that you can’t do without. Even when it comes to dried or artificial flowers, because let’s face it: nowadays not everyone has time (or green fingers!) to dedicate to gardening and floriculture.

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Palazzetti's world, Palazzetti's world, Palazzetti's world, Projects, Projects, Projects

An industrial-style home in the heart of the Crete Senesi (Senese clays)

How often have you dreamt of owning a little house surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan landscape? Today we are visiting Asciano, a little hamlet in the heart of the Crete Senesi whose history goes back centuries ago and can still be perceived from the perfectly-preserved monuments. An industrial-pop style home hides behind the Renaissance façade of a building near the centre. It’s a sort of secret building made over in a modern key. The owner, Diego Magini – who took care of the renovation of this family home that dates back to the 15th century –  escorts us on our…

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A designer home in a Mediterranean environment

We are on the north-eastern coast of Naples, in Giugliano, a town just 800 metres from the sea. An olive tree welcomes us into the garden, a freshly-painted villa stands before us and we are surrounded by the typical Mediterranean scrub, a million light years away from the fast-paced life of the city. Each piece of furniture has been chosen with care and artistically positioned: the interior décor is a tribute to design. The star of the living room, standing out from all the other furniture, is a fireplace that houses our Sunny Fire firebox. We talked about it with…

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Malibù inspiration for a villa in Sicily

Nissoria, a small hamlet dating back to the 6th century, is located in a sunny upland surrounded by green valleys in the Enna province of beautiful Sicily. Just over 3,000 people live on about 6,000 hectares of mostly uncontaminated nature. Today’s project by Ma.edil sas comes from a private villa in this little village and features the Malibù 2 barbecue by Palazzetti. Malibù 2 barbecue: a modular choice A breathtaking panorama for a marvellous outdoor setting. A barbecue is essential in a context such as this one, especially if it is fitted with all the elements needed to make a kitchen…

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8 sides for your grilled meat

How many BBQs have you already had or planned for this year? The season for eating lunch and dinner in the garden is here at last: it’s now time to light your barbecue and dedicate some time to cooking outdoors. A good side is definitely a must have. Choose it to complement the type of grilled food you are planning to cook: will it be meat, fish or a vegetarian meal? The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. Charles R. Swindoll We sometimes almost forget to prepare a side for our grilled meal but this is…

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Bricolage, Home

Glass jars: 5 original ideas to (re)use them in the summer

The glass jars grandma uses for her preserves never go out of fashion.  No matter whether you fill them with homemade sauce, canned fruit or delicious pickles they are always indispensable. Nevertheless, instead of using them to preserve food, they can be employed in lots of other ways, i.e. for a multitude of inspirational crafts as seen on lifestyle websites or in magazines. Are you ready to take a look at our favourite summer ideas? Glass jars: Mason jars and Arbanelle Let’s take a trip to the past: do you know what the jars we are talking about are really called? All…

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Don Totu: a secret mansion in the heart of Salento

The heart of Salento in Apulia conceals beautiful, mysterious places that are invisible at a first glance but just must be visited. Don Totu is one of these: a secret mansion in the heart of a small village in the province of Lecce in Apulia. Today, we would like to tell you a fascinating and slightly complicated story with a happy ending that will put a smile on your face (and perhaps give you an idea for your next holiday). The secret mansions of Salento: a fascinating story When I first heard someone mention the words “secret mansion” I immediately…

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Home, Interior design

Furniture trends: 3 styles for 2018 you can’t do without

The New Year is a time to make resolutions, thoroughly clean the house and make those changes you’ve been wanting for a long time. At this time of the year, the home is often the centre of attention; reorganisation is a must and new furniture is purchased to brighten up old rooms. Are you looking for something new? Take a look at the 3 essential furniture trends for 2018! Industrial chic style Industrial design is certainly no newcomer to the furniture market but its style is continuously evolving from year to year. 2018 welcomes a slightly more Scandinavian look: metal…

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