Ciao Bella! Beauty products for the home spa experience…

When it comes to creating the spa atmosphere at home, I turn to the Italians.  Let’s face it, Italians know a little something about beauty.  The country has expressed la bellezza in countless forms.  From Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida to the stunning masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci to the heart-lifting tones of Pavorotti.  Perhaps this rich heritage also explains why Italy’s finest beauty companies, many of them family-owned, have endured for decades, even centuries.

They faithfully use local ingredients for their soaps, skin creams and perfumes, and they adhere to recipes passed down for generations.  Some of these products may be a little off the beaten track, but i think they’re well worth the wander.

First up is Borghese Fango.

The Fango Collection is a rich derivative of Borghese’s spa heritage that brings nourishing minerals, natural botanicals and their exclusive Acqua di Vita® Complex to treatments that polish, refine, renew and restore the skin, hair & scalp – All in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your skin concern, there’s a Fango for that!  Check out the collection.  www.Borghese.com

Acqua di Parma Oolong candle.

Fragrances and accessories for individuals of discerning taste. Because true class is as delicate and rarefied as a scent. It evades definition, fashion and commonplaces. Only in this way does it become a way of life.  www.acquadiparma.com

 

Speziali Fiorentini lavender body cream.

Experience the true essence of Florence. Its’ artistic packaging with lovely scenes and beautiful paintings of Tuscan landscape are a tribute to the old-world tradition of making bath and body products with extraordinary scents from the past. Made in Italy of course. Speziali Fiorentini products are microbiologically tested in compliance with STOP ANIMAL TESTING LAW standard and controlled by the Italian Institute for ethical and environmental certification. http://www.euroganicsbeauty.com

 Valobra Balsam soap.

A soothing soap made from pure, invigorating balsam and enriched with lecithin and vitamin E, Balsamo is a distinguished scent greatly enjoyed by men and is especially good for oily skin. From Valabro Soaps The Valobra family of Genova, Italy has been making soaps with hand-picked natural ingredients since 1903, and continues their commitment to craftsmanship to this day by seasoning each bar for six months and hard-milling for long use and a luxurious bathing experience. These hand-crafted, Italian soaps are made using methods unchanged since the 18th century. The soapmakers season pure soap base for four to six months; hard mill the soap six times with vegetable oils, pure essential oils, and vitamins; then gently hand wrap each beautiful bar with original vintage packaging. The soaps contain no harsh detergents or chemical agents, just skin-softening ingredients that make everything from washing your hands to bathing a better experience.  www.westcoastshaving.com

Valobra Balasmo Soap

Cali Olivia Notte night moisturizer.  In the 19th century, on an olive tree grove, on the outskirts of Rome by the Mediterranean Sea, the Roman nobles discovered the Cali Beauty Farm. There, based upon ancient home made recipes, passed down from generation to generation, the nobles enjoyed and benefited from the recipes.  Since the creation of the Cali Beauty Farm, their philosophy has been to treat the outside and the inside of our bodies with the same care while using the finest ingredients.

“Oliva Notte” is a very rich moisturizer, which replenishes and revitalizes your skin’s tone, texture and beauty while the body is at rest. It also contains rosemary (promotes healing, toning stimulating and softening properties), neroli (stimulates cell regeneration, soothing properties) and chamomile (anti-inflammatory and repairer properties, soothing, refreshing and purifying, neutralizes skin irritants) .

Give these gems a try and let me know how much more beautiful you feel.

-Tina

 

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Hello World!

What’s the secret to staying happy, healthy, and vibrant?  Some would say it’s being flexible in attitude and remaining physically active.  For others, it’s laughing often, taking time to stop and smell the flowers, and loving fully.  The wise believe it’s important to ensure that every moment of your life is spent doing things that you actually enjoy.  Wonderful advice that we can all certainly begin to heed a little more as each day, week, month, and year passes.

Personally, I believe that the secret to feeding the soul is a combination of all of the above, continually nourishing the body, mind, and spirit while staying centered in life.  As a retreat designer, I find personal joy in researching other retreat spaces.  I just came across a New England Retreat, the Mayflower Inn.

The Mayflower Inn’s spa is a luxurious retreat in Connecticut.  Sign up and your individual spa advisor will telephone to assess your interests and begin customizing your stay.  Whether you prefer morning walks or canoeing, Pilates or flower arranging, founders Adriana Mnuchin and Lisa Hedley ensure that personalization is the key to your five-day experience.  Expect tailored treatments, a physical well-being plan, and plenty of nurturing to encourage spiritual awareness.  Slip into the seasonally scented Thermal Sanctuary, a fantasia of healing colors (indigo for clarity, gold for energy, green for balance), scented warm mist, and soothing music before indulging in a facial, mud wrap or a red flower ritual.  In case you need more inspiration to visit, specialty weeks include yoga immersion, couples retreats, and memoir writing.

Photos courtesy of Mayflower Inn.

Take a little time out to just be….re-center yourself and perhaps get away for the weekend to the Mayflower Inn and indulge your body and your senses.

Stop by and see what’s new at http://www.delia-designs.com

Tina

Welcome Introduction.

Hello World!
Welcome to my new blog. I’ve been thinking for weeks about my first post and finally decided to just tell you a little about myself and the work that I do. It’s common for people to think that I am a “decorator” and that what I do is help people choose fabrics for drapery and furniture and select wall colors. However, my work is so much more complex. I design “retreat” spaces. What do I mean by “retreat” spaces. Well, I mean that I design hospitality spaces for commercial clients however, a very rewarding aspect of my work is designing for residential clients.
I believe that one’s home is a retreat from the outside world. It is the place that we spend the majority of our time, the place we begin and end our day. That place should be special and should be a reflection of you and who you are. It should make you feel safe, comfortable, relaxed and at ease. At times, it should also make you feel vibrant, alive and fun.

Designing for my residential clients is interesting, challenging and fun because the look and feel of a home is such a personal preference. Each of my clients have different needs for the functionality of their home. While they hire me for my aesthetic, they also hire me for my analytical abilities to help them plan their space.
A huge factor in designing a space is budget. A common misconception is that designers are too expensive and that we specify only custom designed furniture. My belief is that the benefits of good design should be available to all. My clients are average, everyday families desiring to enhance their home life. They do not have unlimited budgets and they do not re-design their home every 2 years.
To put things in perspective, I will tell you about a current project I am designing. At the moment I am helping a couple with a complete home renovation. They are a couple with adult children who are both out of the house, married and looking to expand the family with grandchildren. The couple has lived in their home for 40 years and has never renovated the interior. As they move into their retirement years and begin welcoming grandchildren, their desire was to create a space that would function better for their changing needs, allow them to relax more at home and enjoy opening up their home to entertaining.
The couple has worked hard over the years and has saved their money for this renovation. As you can imagine, it has been an emotional process for everyone. Whole home renovations bring about an exorbitant amount of change, which can be a very trying process. Needless to say, it was important to take time in making decisions and ensure that everyone involved was happy with selections. The renovation is so important to this family and rightfully so. They are doing this once, no second takes. That is why it was so important to hire an interior designer. They needed someone to help them visualize their space, someone to help them choose products in budget and someone to help oversee the construction process. They weren’t driven by the materiality that the design world can portray, they were driven to find design elements that were pleasing to them within budget, that would suit their needs.
This has been such a satisfying process for me because at the end of each day, I know that I am leaving a lasting impression on this family. Their lives will be forever changed by the work that we’ve done together. They will soon have a home that will allow them to grow old gracefully with their changing needs. Just knowing that I have been able to touch their lives in such a special way, is as rewarding as it gets.