We've recently extended our line of Santa Maria Novella. In addition to the classic favorites - the pot pourri and terra cotta pomegranate - we have added room sprays, talcum powders, shave cream, pot pourri jars, scented wax tablets and other items for you to luxuriate in. Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. It was opened in Florence, Italy in 1612, taking the formulas of Dominican friars that originate from 13th century.
We felt especially protected on this trip by the guardian angels that made their way back to us. It's always good to be home.
Yay, all our market purchases are gathered, wrapped and loaded for the long drive back to Belgium tomorrow for shipping. We take the TGV to Paris and fly home Sunday morning!
We purchased an oil painting of St Nicholas Cathedral in Granada this afternoon, painted in the 1930s. Afterwards, we had the pleasure of walking up to the Albayzin and taking in the same the view from the artists position.
Five years ago, we found these antique angels in Granada. We bought them and hand packed them intending to bring them on the plane with us to return home. Unfortunately, in our haste exiting a train and loaded with luggage, we left the package containing the angels on the train rack. We returned to the station late at night after realizing they were missing but the angels were long gone. For years, we've wondered where the angels ended up until today when we visited the same source-when the owner saw us, he slipped into his office and came out with these two angels that had been sourced back to him. He knew we had lost them and saved them for our next visit, so today we were reunited and this time they are flying home with us!
Great history, architecture, food & wine. Our first day in and we're inspired to design a community that incorporates some of these beautiful architectural details.
Now we are having fun merchandising our fresh new loggia. The agave plants add a nice touch, don't you think?
It is all coming together nicely. We are getting ready to bring life to our logia with these beautiful and hearty agaves. Stay tuned for after photos.
The Independent Woman Luncheon is held annually at The Phoenix Art Museum.
In phase two, we'll refashion our entry loggia with new hardscape and garden elements to bring the inside out. Boy is it LOUD here today!