October 17, 2007

Creative Tuesday

Yesterday, Tuesday, I was creative. I kept drawing and drawing the house, just tiny sketches - with all details, with less details and with lesser details and really reduced. You don't want to see all the sheets I did with tiny houses, so just one here:

I was thinking about what comes in my mind first when I think of the house. Or what was the first impression when we saw the house for the first time? What was the strongest argument to buy it?

I like strolling down the alley that ends at the piazza with the church and our house. I like its main facade at the piazza. And of course, I love the sea view. And I realized, I really like the tiny balconies. To be more precise, I love these iron balustrades.

While doing my drawings, I remembered a post by Di from Designers' Block about personalized dinnerware, however could not find it anymore. Thanks to Di, who emailed me the link of Rabbit Toes, I can add this picture to my 'logo file' for inspiration. I like the idea of using the door with the house number.

Hotel Chinaware from Paris Boutique Hotel is inspiring as well for those who plan personalized dishes. You do not need to be noble to have an emblem or invent one - or just replace it with your front door ;-)

Maryam in Marrakesh has found a great logo for her almost ready guesthouse - a silhouette peacock. Now it is my turn to be creative. Beside my top blue picture that represents for me the essential beauty of the place - the sky and sea melting together in front of my iron balustrade balcony with an Calbrian fig cactus - these are my other actual favorites:

What's your favorite? Any ideas? Please leave your comment!


  1. It's so hard to pick just one as they are all wonderful designs. Whatever you choose it will be lovely. Keep us posted and please show us the final result!

  2. Hi mm&i,
    I have to admit, I like them too. It is really fun to produce these little sketches. They are only drafts.... and I thought, maybe I will do mugs or bowls or dessert plates with a few different designs for fun.

  3. Suzie,

    I like the idea of the whole front with the door as the focal point, but I have to admit I like the one with the balcony and the sea and the boat. I know that is a rough one, but maybe that one a little more detailed showing the doors open to the sea and the ironwork woulbe be cool.
    Great start!

    Are you planning to rent out the house when you aren't there?


  4. Great sketches, Suzie! I like the second from the right the best. Very nice!

  5. Thank you all! I like your feed-back! It is fun.

    At the moment we do not think of renting the house (it is too personal with all furniture and stuff). But maybe the basement. It has a separate entrance. If you are familiar with the blog, you know, that the basement is the most romantic area of the house.

    Anne, I like your new photo.

    Ciao ragazze

  6. Ooh so fun! I love all your drawings and you're inspiring me to doodle about my "new" house and maybe even put them on some plates...hmm....

    I love the cactus and sailboat :)

  7. Love, love that idea about your front door! Sigh, so want personalized dinner ware. Still haven't found a good source:-(

  8. Hi - I just stumbled across your blog and am so jealous you have a home in Italy. Actually, my husband's family is also from Calabria, from a small town called Acquarro, and we stayed in Vibo Valentia for a night when we were in Italy before we went to visit there. It's a small world! I love Calabria, and thankfully its still a relatively tourist free part of Italy. Are you living there full-time or is it a holiday home?

  9. Hi Suzy,
    actually I live in China like you!
    And I have been working in your hometown, Melbourne once. Small world...

  10. Did you decide on a design? Please share the final product when its done.