Saturday, July 10, 2010


Hello Everyone!
I hope you are all having a great weekend!
I want to introduce to you the sweet and talented Irene, she is the author of the blog Valdirose!
Irene's blog is one of the blogs I chose to feature from my last giveaway.

Tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
I have never had an interview before: I would like to thank you Maria know how I feel honoured!
I'm 33 and I have been married for 9 years. I love my family and 2 years ago God has blessed us giving us a beautiful daugther for adoption.
I love meeting new people: it recharges me. I love hearing friends talk expecially when they talk about their passion.

In my blog I try to remind me what I want to teach to my daugther:
love the simple joy, feel good as long as possible and do things with passion even if is only prepare a picnic or a gift wrap.

Where are you from?
I'm from Firenze.  I live in a little village in the hills.

What is your occupation?
I have a bed & breakfast : Valdirose (as the street where it is). Before the arrival of my daugther I had a shop of decoration called " irene b" :I loved it and now my clients are like friends...

How would you describe your style?
probably simple and cozy like my family

What is your favorite room in your home? 

I love my bathroom: prepare the bath for my daugther and smell her perfume 

I love the kitchen and to cook for friends

I love my fireplace and sitting there speaking with my best friend and my husband

Who has been your most influential role model in your life?
 Maria...this is my favourite question: my grandmother Silla is my everyday model.
She was a woman of simple origins but with such a culture and such a love of beauty:
She was able to make even a slice of bread, butter, and sugar look elegant.

How has blogging had an impact on your life?
a lot: I have met many beautiful souls ... As I told you I feel lucky and happy for this.
In the blog I know there is always a good news or a new friendship but also a new cake to prepare.
may sound stupid but sometimes also share a simple recipe is a suggestion for an afternoon of bliss

Irene has a very inspiring blog.

She is also a very sweet and talented person!
All the photos on this post belong to Irene!

Thank you Irene!
I have to apologize for being so absent lately.
My mom is here visiting (and helping me out) which is one of the reasons I have been away from the computer a lot lately!
In my next post I will finally be sharing pictures of my cupboard makeover!
I hope to return to my regular posting and blog visiting very soon.
I have so much I want to share with all of you and
I miss all of you very much.
Thank you for all of your sweet comments.
I can't thank you enough for taking the time to stop in and say hello.
Have a great weekend!
Take Care,


Irene b said...

Thank you Maria,you know how I love your blog, I really can't believe that I'm here... I'm glad for you and your mother : and I can immagine the lovely time spent with her. A big kiss from firenze, waiting to know you soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh Maria...thanks for sharing this fabulous blog with us. I'm going to go check it out tomorrow (it's really late right now). What a wonderful interview it was and inspirational photos!
Can't wait to see your cabinet reveal...I know it will be gorgeous!! :)
Enjoy your time with your mom.
Hugs ~ Jo

Gina said...

Wow - Irene seems amazing! Can't wait to check out her blog...hope you have a great time with your Mom...she must be so happy for your success in your blog...have a great rest of the weekend - can't wait to see your next post of your cabinet...I really look forward to "checking in" everyday with you!!!

French Dom said...

Hello from France ! Thank you for this very inspiring blog address.

Home and Lifestyle said...

I am still her follower...Irene has a beautiful blog, interesting to read more about her and her life!

Have a sunny day! Lovely greetings, Ingrid

FEDERICA said...

I am a follower of Irene's beautiful blog! Valdirose looks like a gorgeous place and she's adorable!
Very soon I will be in Valdirose with Gaia and other blogger friends and I can't wait!
Happy Sunday Maria!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post! I'm off to visit a new blog because I need more reasons to not do laundry.
I'm off to Lakeside Montana today!
Enjoy your time with your Mom.
KarenSue-Orlando Florida

Gaia said...

Irene is a soul spirit, nice, talented and so "smiling"...She is a great woman with a fantastic family. Paolo her husband is adorable and Beatrice , her daughter, is a princess. She looks like she is just get out from a fairy tale!
I've been the pleasure to stay an entire day with her and her family and I can't wait to do it againi!
Valdirose is a cozy quite place where to escape from the city noise!

Have a terrific weekend!

debra@dustjacket said...

Oh it was so lovely to meet Irene through you, I love her photo's and gorgeous.

SeelenSachen ♥ said...

Oh, what a beautiful blog! I know Valdirosa`s blog and I like it very much! :-)

Greetings from Austria!

Tina said...

Another fabulous feature Maria. Such a lovely interview with Irene. I hope that you are having a wonderful time with your Mum. Hugs ~ Tina xx

Unknown said...

What's beautiful blog!!!!!!!!!!!
I reach you as new friend!!!
At soon

It's me said...

I am a follower of Irene's beautiful blog now !! thanks for is so nice of you to do this !!.you my also use my little blog for this.............hahahahahah!! have a happy sunny Ria.....

Olive said...

Thanks Maria for another special interview. As I love all things Italian and especially from Florence I will follow her. I hve been to Florence and it is lovely and the people are gracious. It was my favorite city in Italy. Blessings...olive

vosgesparis said...

hello on this sunny Sunday morning...
You seem to have a weakness for Italians ;) I am happy to find yet another Italian lady. As I have been to Italy for many many years (my children are half Italian) I still love all things Italian.I am gonna visit her blog.
Have a great time with your mother ;P
x desiree

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Maria,
A beautiful post... will be sure to visit Irene's blog right away. I have been to Italy twice and love everything about it...
How wonderful that your mother is with you...I have been spending much time with my own Mom this summer and cherish each moment.
Have a great Sunday!
:) Laura

Little Emma English Home said...

Irene is a darling! She's so talented and good-hearted, a wonderful mother! Her blog deserves to feature here, I'm so proud to be her friend! Soon I will be meeting her, Fede and Gaia in Valdirose!!!! Wish you could join us!!

ps. I'll be back home tomorrow and answer to your lovely mail, but you don't have to worry about anything!!!
kisses xx

BonjourRomance said...

Irene is beautiful as is her blog, it is like a breath of fresh air to visit. You did a fabulous job with the interview.
Bon week-end,

{oc cottage} said...

So nice to meet Irene...thank you for the introduction! Looking forward to visiting her now. Hope you're having a
gorgeous weekend!!

m ^..^

Shaz said...

Hi Maria, I have just found your lovely blog and as it is a bit late here in Melbourne Australia, I can't wait to look at all your older posts tomorrow (school goes back so I will have time).

Oh you are a lucky (busy) girl with 5 children - I have three boys and they keep me very busy. Would love you to visit me sometime in "blogland".

à la parisienne said...

Irene has been such a sweet encourager to me for quite a while now. I just love her style and her photographs. She is indeed such a talented woman with a grounded way of life.

Thank you for sharing her beauty with all of your friends.


NanaDiana said...

Enjoy your time with your Mom! The Blogging World will be here waiting when you return. Loved this post and the last one. I found you through Debbie @ Lakehouse. Lovely...lovely...lovely... Diana

Debbie said...

Hi Maria~~~another lovely blog for me to visit. Thank you for sharing this interview today.
Enjoy being with your Mom.

La Dolfina said...

Lovely that you are spending quality time with your Mom! Enjoy every minute :) Thanks for the introduction to the Irene and Valdirose. I'm looking forward to meeting her!

summersundays-jw said...

Thanks for the beautiful post & for introducing us to this beautiful new blog. Jan

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post!! Can't wait to see Irenes blog.
Enjoy your time with your mom:) I look forward to seeing your cabinet!! Have a blessed sunday!@!

Teresa said...

Lovely...just lovely!
Such a beautiful world to live in!
Enjoy your sweet MOM!

savvycityfarmer said...

I just took a trip over the ocean and I'm back to say a big thanks ...
this woman is heavenly!

Lara said...

What a beautiful blog Irene has! I just signed up to follow her posts. I am intrigrued by her lifestyle with the bed & breakfast.. the decor, etc. Really, very nice! :)

Villa König said...

Thank you for this lovely post. I really adore your blog and also Irene's blog! It is so great to know more about her. Hugs Yvonne

Ivana said...

I went to Valdirose the first summer openned, and my husband and I felt like in family, actually we speak about the dinner we eaten in their home were amazing!
It's impossible to forget them!

mo said...

HI, I am a new follower. Your blog is lovely. I am looking forward to your posts. Glad I found you. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

HI Maria,
Thanks for another wonderful blog to visit - this one is truly beautiful...I spent my morning reading every post and daydreaming about her fabulous life and home.
I am so thrilled that I won Tracey's giveaway of all your beautiful things - I can hardly wait to get them! I'm sure I will be a huge supporter of your shop. :) I still have the spot ready for the pitcher ~
Have a lovely evening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
I have been looking through your posts and have been trying to locate the one which shows a picture of your master bedroom bedding. I love it and am considering it for my own bedroom. Would you be kind enough to let me know which post it was featured in? I have been a follower of your beautiful blog from the very beginning and look forward to your posts! Thanks so much, Kenda

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Love her blog..her photos are too die for...looking forward to your shop glad Sarah won Traceys give away!! All the best,Chrissy

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Thanks Maria for introducing us to Irene and her lovely blog. Will be visiting irenes blog more often now, its lovely!

paperbird said...

i love the sweet blogs that you share, always beautiful, always inspiring.

manon 21 said...

Un bon choix!
ce blog est plein de poésie.
Bravo à toutes les deux


The Distressed Mother said...

Oh Maria thank you so much for introducing us to such a beautiful and inspiring blog - I look forward to spending many hours there.
Hope you're having a great time with your mum and looking forward to catching up with what you've been up to xx

The Distressed Mother said...

Oh Maria thank you so much for introducing us to such a beautiful and inspiring blog - I look forward to spending many hours there.
Hope you're having a great time with your mum and looking forward to catching up with what you've been up to xx

AT HOME BLOG said...

Hi Maria! :-)
Beautiful post about one of my best blogfriend, a talented and sweet woman, grate mother, with a classy finest taste in everithing she does!
We love you Irene!!
Etta said...

I must go and visit Irene, her and her blog sound and look delightful! Rachaelxo

Unknown said...

Hi Maria! Great feature...I love Irene's blog!!! She has such great style! Hope that sewing is going good :) :)

Hugs ~

:) T

Perfect Party said...

lovely post, lovely place! Regards from Buenos Aires!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Maria! So glad to see you back here. We've missed you! :) When I was reading your interview with Irene, was I the only one who felt a sense of calm and sereneness from her words? How relaxing! I can hardly wait to cruise over and visit her blog.

Have a great week with your mom! Mothers are such a treasure!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Maria,
Thank you for the introduction, I'm going to go check out her blog in a minute. Bet your having a blast getting ready, so nice your mom is helping you out. Can't wait to see!

Vintage Home said...

...Thanks for introducing me to a new place & person of inspiration!

Kikkis said...

I really liked this post well actually I like your blog and I want to invite you and all of you to my blog

Allison said...

I am a new follower and your blog is just beautful! You have gorgeous taste. I have a question if you wouldn't mind sharing...where did you find your stunning chandelier? I have been looking for one for awhile.

One Shabby Old House said...

I love when someone shares another's blog. I enjoyed the interview as I too want to start a B&B and I loved your friends style as well.

Dandelion & Grey said...

What a lovely interview! I'm looking forward to reading more of Irene's blog.

I love your blog Maria! And your home! I recently read your entire blog start to finish and loved every minute! xoxo

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing another wonderful blog with us, I will have a look at hers. She sounds like such a lovely person and her photos are all so beautiful, thanks again.
Hugs, Cindy S

Anna said...


Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Hi Maria ! I love, love love Irène's blog it's one of the best blog i know !

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi Maria,
So sorry for my absence lately.... I have just come back from staying with my sister whilst our husbands went to Le Mans in France. I am now so behind with my commenting and I don't seem to be able to catch up. I'm sure that you feel the same after spending time with your Mother. The thing is though that real life needs to take over and blogging takes a back seat for a while.
Your blue cupboard is perfect. I absolutely love it..... and thanks for introducing us to Irene. I will get over to see her as soon as I'm back on track. While I was at my sisters, I went to a shop that had 'Maria' written all over it. I will post about it soon and you will see what I mean. Lots of love to you and hope that you are having a great Summer. XXXX