love, italian style.
there’s a bellissimo new collection from crate & barrel and they very kindly invited me to style it up for you. we’re heading into autumn, so it felt appropriate to go with a farewell to summer fête, featuring this new collection from Italian artist paola navone exclusively for crate & barrel. Paola Navone is a modern renaissance woman – a world-renowned architect, designer, art director, interior decorator, industrial planner, creator of events and, in her words, “a little bit of an anthropologist.” She is Italian by birth but calls the world home — a natural entertainer who, much like me, finds joy in impromptu casual gatherings and beautifully simple menus. just my style.
paola’s collection is modern but timeless, capturing a little bit of that lively feeling of 1950′s italian rivera, with an array of beautiful blues — the blue glazed tiles of Morocco, the Turkish blue eye, the blue of the Mediterranean. and it seemed perfect for inviting friends over for a casual, light italian supper — paola’s a cook too, and has even provided us with some of her favorite menu ideas and original recipes here, at dinner with paola. buon gusto!
i mixed and matched a variety of pieces from the collection to create my table setting — the como plates, bowls and serving pieces along with coordinating tablecloth and gauze linen napkins with their sweet little fish icon. i added some malloraca serving bowls and flatware for tossing a big salad and glassware for the rosé.
the malloraca oil and vinegar bottles are to die for — really delicate and lovely to serve from. oh, and of course we need fresh flowers, so i grabbed a couple of the malloraca glass vases for the table, too. the riviera woven bowl was perfect for serving up some fresh foccacia. to finish off the look from paola’s collection i added a couple of the white riviera windsor chairs — and, voilá! we’re ready to eat! buon appetito!
oh, and you can also enter crate & barrel’s pin & win sweepstakes. enter to win a $1000 crate & barrel shop card by registering here and repinning any of your favorites from their paola navone pinterest board — here’s a link. good luck!
• all photos by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.