Shop Highlight: Studio Veneto Provides Luxury Italian Decor

Every now and then you stumble across a shop that is truly a unique find. Studio Veneto located in The Village neighborhood of La Jolla, California is one such gem. I came across Studio Veneto several years ago but it wasn’t until last summer that I had a wonderful chat with the owner, Linda McCormick, who allowed me to take pictures of the shop (Thank you, Linda!). I paid a visit to the shop again last weekend and took a few new pictures.
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The exterior of the shop has an elegant quality to it with an old world Italian feel. When you walk up to the space you immediately realize that this shop is truly something special.  studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Studio Veneto is no ordinary antique shop. It is well known for specializing in Italian antiques and textiles sourced directly from Italy. However, you don’t need to be decorating an Italian villa to shop here. Studio Veneto is a great shop visit even if you just need to find a one-of-a-kind item that will make a statement in a room. The shop is not large but there is an abundance of inventory to choose from.

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As you walk into the shop you are immediately greeted with a treasure trove of items. The photo above was from my trip last year, with the photo below from last weekend. The shop is hard to photograph as it is fairly dark with lots of tight spaces and is packed with treasures tucked away in every corner. studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 1

Linda is a woman after my own heart. She has quite the affinity for textiles, particularly being a longtime fan of the prestigious Italian textile maker Fortuny. She sources her textiles directly from Italy and uses them to create pillows, tissue box covers, lampshades and her signature nightlights (shown below). While $175 may sound steep for a nightlight, remember that each shade is made by hand using antique Fortuny fabric. No two are identical. These would look stunning in a powder room although I have contemplated about putting one in the living room.

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Custom lampshades in a variety of shapes and sizes are a particular specialty of Studio Veneto. Tucked away in a small area at the back of the shop you can see a plethora of small shades ready to purchase off the shelf. However, if you are interested in having a custom lampshade crafted for you, there are a number of finials and other lamp parts to choose from (shown below along the right-hand side of the picture). No detail is overlooked. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Don’t forget to look up! Above the owner’s desk toward the back of the shop, you can see the wire lamp frames just waiting to be turned into a beautifully handcrafted lamp. The wire frames are custom made specifically for Studio Veneto. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

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If you are looking to incorporate a bit of Italy into your decor, be sure to pay a visit to Studio Veneto or check out the website.studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 5

 

AN 18TH CENTURY SPANISH STONE COTTAGE

This beautiful eighteenth century stone cottage is located in a rural area situated northeast of Catalonia, Spain. It was lovingly restored by its owner Eduardo Arruga, an interior designer and antiques dealer. Let’s take a look inside…

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I was immediately drawn to the living room because the unusual color of the throw pillow. That color is almost the identical color of the tufted camelback sofa in our seaside ranch home. Believe it or not, it took me a very long time to make the color work in our house. When using that color on such a large piece of furniture there is no room for error. It is such a unique color that it either works or it doesn’t. In this beautiful space I think the designer was spot on and got it just right. The pillow works perfectly to provide just enough of an accent color to serve as a visual break from all the neutral colors in the room. Plus, it really works with the rustic qualities of the architecture and overall design scheme.
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Many of the furniture pieces were custom designed by Eduardo or are from his antique shop, Lucca, located in Barcelona, Spain. This is such a beautiful home. It’s sophisticated but not stuffy and has such a quiet elegance about it.
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The grounds are beautiful and if I lived here I would never leave. This plunge pool would absolutely seal the deal for me! SPANISH COTTAGE POOL VIA REVIVING CHARM

Photos via Elle Decoration / Photography by Montse Garriga Grau.

SOUVENIERS

I can’t go on a vacation without buying something…anything…to bring home. A vacation never really feels complete without coming home with a token picked up somewhere along the trip. The souvenirs I enjoy the most are those that I can use to decorate our home. They are visual reminders of wonderful trips and happy times. I love walking through our home and recalling a memory about a particular piece; where we acquired it or how we acquired it. Sometimes the story behind the memento is just as interesting as the piece itself.

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The thrill of a discovering a keepsake is always exhilarating but one of the best parts is coming home and actually unpacking our found treasures. Mr. B and I spend the Fourth of July weekend in Julian, California and one of the highlights was visiting the antique, vintage, and junks shops (some places felt like walking onto the set of Sanford & Son) during our long weekend away. The suitcases were unpacked and loads of clothes washed immediately but I didn’t get around to unpacking my wrapped souvenirs until this past weekend. I forgot what I bought so it really did feel like Christmas in July. Here’s a glimpse at our finds.SOUVENIERS FROM JULIAN CALIFORNIA BY REVIVING CHARM

The hammered silver will be used for flowers picked from the garden, as well as the hobnail and Fenton glass pieces. The lady that sold me the silver asked if I was okay with the “dents” in the silver. I had a moment of panic and asked her to point them out since I didn’t see any dents. After a bit of discussion she clarified herself  and said she was talking about the “dents all over the pieces”. She was actually trying to describe the hand hammered pattern on each of the pieces which is an intentional design characteristic by the manufacturer and not a flaw.

I grabbed the wood framed Federal style mirror off the wall without even knowing its price. I have always wanted one and I squealed with delight inside my head  after seeing the price tag: a mere $18. This was purchased from the same lady who sold me the “dented silver”.

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I have to credit Mr. B for finding the metal pineapple doorstopper because I completely overlooked it. It needs a light cleaning but it has already been put to good use. Mr. B really is the best shopping companion…the best companion in general. PINEAPPLE DOORSTOP by REVIVING CHARM

All photos are original by Reviving Charm.