Editor’s note: Today my outfit is a Vince dress with Adrienne Vittadinni kitten heels.
Happy Friday! Who picked up Texas and put it up north??? The high today in Fort Worth is supposed to be 57—-not our typical “ I am out of my long sleeves and so happy about it” weather. I went to a wedding shower last night that said the dress code was patio casual. Well....I changed clothes 5 times trying to look like May in Texas but warm enough to be comfortable. I wore white pants, a cream sweater , and some cream and black Chanel shoes. There were some young girls there with star-pay sundresses on siting by the pool. I guess they are like Harrison told me in kindergarten when I wanted him to wear long pants and a coat....he said he was “hot blooded” and did not need hat. My 59 year old body can’t decide between being cold or having hot flashes. It is quite the temperature swing!!!
Yesterday I did some work in the Design District then met my Dallas client to go over rugs and some new fabrics. Her bulldog was testing out the small rug samples on the floor. Her mom did not choose the favorite sample for the dining room—- don’t tell her. I bet she won’t notice when the selection comes in ! We made some great selections and I was back in Fort Worth in time to do my fashion show of what to wear to the party.
Today I am taking a client to the World Trade Center——sorry WTC but that is not my favorite place!— to look for a bed and bedside tables for her guest room. My clients is traditional and two of the best companies for her options are in the World Trade Center. My assistant Mallory used to say that I needed an oxygen mask to go to the WTC because of all of the ladies in there with fake tax numbers pushing strollers with their infant child. I will live and we will get it done today!!!
The article today is from the May issue of Elle Decor. It covers the fascinating life of jewelry designer Antonia Miletto and her three story home in Venice. She bought the first story of this home after she married her then husband... and acquired the other two levels as years went by. She says that Venice “casts a spell on you.” Her home located in the Santa Croce neighborhood is full of antiques . Enjoy this magical home and have a super weekend! I will pull out my coat.
Miletto on her staircase with her precious dachshund Teo who is her shadow like Lacie Rue is mine. Teo goes everywhere with Miletto. I love the simplicity of this staircase and the furnishings. We could never have a staircase like this without railing on the outside because of code... but it is lovely.
The walls are white throughout the house with colors of red ,orange, and yellow inside. She says she loves the “colors of the sun.” There are so many windows in the house and the spaces small... she had her upholstery custom made. This red sofa .. on the second-floor of the 16th-century home...is where she spends most of her time. Note how the chandelier is hung in the corner.... not really over anything but adding grace to he room. The elephant in the window has special meaning. There were two of them in her great-grandmother’s home in MilanShe has one and her sister has the other.
This is also the second floor living room. The large painting is a 1925 portrait of Miletto’s grandmother and her siblings painted by Giuseppe Montanari. She considers the pieces that are in her home as “pieces I have ‘met’ or discovered throughout my life.” That is so true of people who love antiques or who truly collect. I can tell stories of everything in my home and office.
This glass and limited seek is where Miletto creates her sketches for her jewelry. The view from her home looks out on palazzo Ca’Tron with palms and birds. What a magical view to create her jewelry !
An example of her work. This is an 1860s ebony pendant that incorporates Indian miniature plaques and her signature cognac diamonds. The article says that she dresses very simply with a fabulous piece of jewelry.
This bedroom is in the attic. I adore the tiny ladder reaching up to the window. The bed ..ticked under the only shaped ceiling... is so cozy.
I actually love how tiny this room is and how it simply houses a bed, desk, and 1940s chair. The mirror is antique venetian. Can you imagine waking up in this room only to look out at Venice!!!
This is the view of the Ca’Tron palazzo from her attic window. How wonderful.
Miletto actually takes a gondola to work every day... of course with her trusty little Teo in her bag. What a stories life of a talented lady.
“JEWELER ANTONIA MILETTO LEADS A FAIRY-TALE EXISTENCE IN HER 16TH-CENTURY TOWNHOUSE IN VENICE” article featured in Elle Decor June 2019 Issue
Poor baby did not get her first choice !
No dinner last night. I left the party before dinner was served. So tired!!!!!
Love this song!!