this may well be one of the prettiest homes i’ve seen in a long time. and i look at a lot of houses! this one is actually an artist’s studio and home, and a location home, which means it’s available for film and photo shoots from jj locations, located in camberwell, england. i think i’m just going to rent it, and then refuse to leave. seems like a worthy if not entirely plausible plan, right? it’s something called a double fronted Victorian, with a large, lush garden — not to mention beautifully styled throughout with lovely plants and splashes of pale colors like yellow and green. with all that pretty sunlight streaming through, it feels a bit like a large, liveable greenhouse. yep, i could move right in.
• photography courtesy of jj locations.
if you asked me where else in the world i might like to live, the answer hands-down would be italy. i love everything about the italian culture — the friendly people, the slow life, eating amazing fresh food al fresco, drinking wine on warm nights outdoors in charming cafes. those gardens created in window boxes but that spill lushly over tiny balconies — sigh. la dolce vita, indeed. Target has a new threshold collection aptly entitled dolce vita, and i was invited to create my very own outdoor retreat with a global vibe. i was happy to jump right in and get a little creative outdoors. the weather is warming up with spring here and i intend to eat as many meals with friends and family on my patio as possible.
i started by creating my own moveable feast — an urban herb garden, growing all the ingredients for cooking a perfect al fresco meal — basil, oregano, thyme and loads of other fresh herbs, all displayed on the threshold rattan bar cart on casters. i thought it might be pretty to grow a little herb garden in their seagrass tote bag as a table centerpiece, too. and just for fun, i created a little succulent garden in their white stoneware three-part bowls. i added a few pretty blown glass lanterns and white pillar candles to create that low-lit ambiance. and for my guests’ extra cozy comfort a few throw pillows for my built-in banquette — the mi casa throw pillow and the fun global print pillow.
now to set the table — the dolce vita woven tray is simply perfecto for serving aperitifs and appetizers, and i added the mia recycled glass carafe and mia tumblers for serving wine with a dash more style. i chose threshold’s chambray napkins with charming fringe and their white terracotta dip bowls for snacks — one can’t have an outdoor dining experience without bread & olives! i think we’re ready to chill out, eat, drink and be merry — buon appetito!
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay; italy photographs by victoria.
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