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A Few of My FavoriteThings

Wrought-iron bed that three people can fit in,

Sketches of horses where artist has written…

Since I left off talking about the artisanal table I’d bought in Guardiagrele, I thought I’d plug some other favorite made-in-Italy items I’ve got in the Abruzzo house.

This “Ginepro’ iron bed frame came from Caporali in Tuscany ( Loving a platform bed! So streamlined and comfortable, to boot.

These sketches were a gift from Roberto DiJullo, a painter with ateliers in Rome and Pescocostanzo (Abruzzo) who specializes in wild horses and equestrian scenes. I hope to feature him sometime soon. His is an interesting story. (

This peculiar horse painting from Maisonuances in Pescara struck me as somehow reminiscent of the Roman army. Looks like the guest room is getting a theme. (

This antique easel carved from walnut I found at an antique store just diagonally across the street from me. I put it in the guest room because I thought it would be amusing to post the day’s menu/activities on a blackboard there.

Three items from La Murrina: two mirrors and a light fixture.

I still want their “Medusa” chandelier (below). (

Glass wall sconces from Venice. I broke one and am not having luck replacing it. If anyone knows anyone, I’d welcome the recommendation.

A Venetian chandelier in the master bedroom does give it a bordello atmosphere, but how often do you get a domed ceiling in your bedroom that can accommodate one?

A burnt-orange “hurricane” candle lamp from Toti Taormina in Erice, Sicily ( I love the way the shadows dance on the wall.

In the background is a Maiolica piece from Castelli, the seat of Maiolica in Italy.

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