Simplicity

"There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit". Alexander Pope

RITA READE "MAMMABELLARTE"

HOST OF THE VINTAGE MARKETPLACE AT THE OAKS IN RAINBOW, CALIFORNIA
WOODWORKER AND SOLDERING TEACHER.

Mar 26, 2010

Where do I start?.....I am still in Sicily
My mamma's house was built in the 1800's and before been restored as a home it was a convent.



the entrace door is the only thing that is been restored. They are not allowed to paint or stucco until they get the approval of the city and it costs millions to restore it exactly the same it was in the 1800's. The middle balcony belongs to my great nonna's flat and the top balcony with the green shatters is my mamma's first floor.

as soon as you open the entrance door there is a small square and a couple of storage rooms left and right. These rooms were used to store food like flour and beans....



I am in love with key holes this time. Everytime I go back there is something new to me that I never noticed in my childhood.




and here we go with the stairs, there are about 90 steps to get to my mamma's flat. The inside as you can see is been restored not long ago.





My mamma's new curtains. She had saved nonna's table cloths and decided to have them as curtains. So many details and all done by hand by her mother.























more to come.....Arrivederci dalla Sicilia










13 comments:

  1. Beautiful Rita
    You get your cleverness from you mamma... have a great weekend.. xx Julie

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  2. Your mama's home is so beautiful, Rita! Such history and patina. Can't wait to see more photos.

    xo
    Claudia

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  3. Rita, I've never waited for posts with such anxiety...keep them coming! Hope you are having a terrific time, enjoy the famiglia and the pasta and don't forget to share it all with us.Arrivederci, cara!
    Marcela

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  4. rita, I love the white lace curtains against all the old architecture in your mamma's home. I alway's had my own idea's of what it looked like but it does not compare to these beautiful photo's. Can't wait to see more! Christie

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  5. Rita your momma's house is so beautiful! I am enchanted by the thought of you growing up in such a wonderful place! This building is truly a piece of art in itself. What a blessing it is for you to be home with your family at this time and I am so excited to see more of the beauty that is there. I know you can't spend all your days taking pictures for us, but any pictures will get me through.lol
    Oh how I love that your momma used this beautiful tablecloth for her curtains. What a treasure! A family heirloom for sure.
    I wish you the happiest time Rita.
    hugs

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  6. So beautiful..you almost don't even need any words to go with the pictures! I can't wait for the next post and to see a picture of you and your Mamma together! You know everyone is drooling for those drapes. :)

    nancy

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  8. Beautiful Rita!!! We want to see your mom!!!

    I know you are having a wonderful time!!! Enjoy every moment!!!

    smiles,
    Joy~

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  9. I'm with Joy, I want to see your Mom!

    Wouldn't you know that you are visiting a place of such inspiration.....now we see were your creativity comes from....thos curtains are soooo beautiful.

    As young people we enjoy are selves but is it is nice as we get older to recognize the beauty in things we used to take for granted.

    I am so glad that you can update your blog from Italy. We missed you at the Urban Barn :}

    enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

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  10. Amica,
    Non so sai a Sicilia con tua mamma. Buona visitare. Ciao a tua fratello lavoro alla Poste Italiano. Fair winds. Baci, Kim

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  11. nice pic's of your booth at the barn sale. Thank's for shareing.

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  12. Oh Rita ...your mamma's house it just breath taking and awe inspiring ..Wow how wonderful a place to grow up ..and I love the tablecloth for the curtain ..What an absolutely outstanding piece ..I'm salivating over it's beauty !!!

    So Glad you had a wonderful Time !!!

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  13. Rita, how special your Mamma's home is, and what a blessing to be there for you. Happy Easter, Lidy

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