Catherine Masi rents a 750-meter apartment on the top of a house garage in Santa Barbara, California. Its design combines well-being with gifts and gifts from family and friends. He said: “I would say that my place is the oldest winepress. Here he shows us his dream home…
Velvet Clothing: The Global Market. Sofas: money. Paper Flowers: Revery Paper Flora and PetalsnPearls Design.
Once you have identified your racial history: Pay attention to the colors that your eyes are looking for in a sea of colors. Color stories may change over time, but mine are usually soft pink, symbolizing love and a gentle spirit; green honey because it is in nature; and right now I’m rolling with saffron, which sounds like a solar eclipse.
Play: When I am alone, there are always some snippets, and I read a lot. I just finished Julia Child’s My Life in France, which was the most comforting flight in the world.
Distribution of flowers: vines. Marble table stand: Global Market.
In making different parts: I have lived in a small area for a long time, so I have learned to divide the space. I use drapes and vintage fabric to separate my bedroom, and then the surrounding island starts with the kitchen.
When buying antiques: Sell their business in the yard and space; tell family and friends to consider you when they see everything a person beyond 87 would like, and review Etsy. I use the word ‘grape’ in every search of Etsy and then down the rabbit hole.
Table: Purpose. Velvet chairs: Wayfair.
Knowing when to splurge: I have learned to do the things that I can. I made a budget move and put a good chunk on the table because I need a large work desk. The table also reinforces my dream to return to the food parties, after the plague.
In single life: Life went well in the sense that I was childless and uncooperative at the time. As a young boy, I dreamed of being married and having ten children. In life, I am not a mother and I was divorced. But my ex-husband and I are best friends, and I am an aunt and godmother (and I hope the dog’s mother, soon!), Which has been a very fulfilling blessing. Being single has given me this wonderful gift of learning that my happiness and satisfaction do not depend on anyone else. Also, I enjoy being with myself.
In honor of loved ones: My grandfather came from a generation of beautiful Italian craftsmen. You can see the ugliness of his fingerprints in the paint on this dress. It reminds me of my roots and of the art in my blood. It also reminds me of my mom who died when I was 6. Everything that connects her to my home comforts me.
On finding inspiration: I love illustrated children’s books. They are very beautiful and comfortable. I also get decorative ideas from movies from the 1920s to the 1960s. I also like to try what I already have; moving things around makes everything relax.
Kitchen Island: Holding my hands. Ceramic pot: Similar.
In meeting with loved ones: I have been here for eight months and have never had the opportunity to host big parties. But, for me, the golden rules for working in any kind of home: put Trader Joe’s choices on beautiful dishes, create a living space – add a floor pillow if you don’t have enough space – and start a conversation. Take away that problem that holds them back and you’ve got a sale! I have found that everyone wants to be welcoming, open and well-fed.
Convection harvest: Amazon.
Cook in a small spaceA: It is a well-functioning kitchen, so I am comfortable with one hotplate, a toaster oven, and a few pots and pans. My favorite is mozzarella on pasta with a lot of olive oil, and Trader Joe’s pizza.
In loft operations: I get so stressed out that I can hardly find a place to rest, and I sometimes fall head over heels on the bedroom floor. I also live on top of a large house garage, so every time the garage door is opened (which rarely happens), the elevator is a little shimmy!
When you find your style: To decorate your home, write down what you want, what you want, what you like, and the purpose of the place. Humble yourself and imagine that you are doing well.
Thank you so much, Catherine!
PS Multiple home trips, including Stella’s 175-square-foot house and a book-filled house in Toronto.
(Leela Cyd’s pictures of Cup of Jo.)