Going Home

Going Home

Its been 8 years since I left Adelaide and my family.  I now embark a return journey with two beautiful girls and a dear and wonderful wife.  This is the world that I grew up dreaming and thinking about the importance of space that we live and work in.  Family and tradition is the keystone in making the right choices in life and how you design your way of thoughts.  I can’t wait for my children to feel the same way as I do.  More information on Adelaide to come.

A beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat for the movie The Shape of Water.  This music reminds me of Adelaide and the adventures I have had with my Italian family. I hope you enjoy!

Going through some changes.

Going through some changes.

Life is full of changes whether you like it or not, good or bad.  It can be unpredictable or something you are craving for.  It’s life’s motions of going back and forth, up or down.  I have this theory that there is never a right or wrong choice, but it’s how you perceive the next step of change.

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Cole & Son Wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Ballard/ Schumacher new Fabric & Wallpaper

The colors, voices, and visions of your future are judged by you and only you. Life’s changes in your interior space is a representation of where you are now.  It’s your story of the moment that includes memories of your past.  However, it is important on how you put it all together.

Top Song for Change – Rhye ( Count To Five)

So far in 2018, there are big changes in fabric, tile, wallpaper, and furniture styles and selections.  Bold colors, intricate patterns, culture symbols, mixed use of materials, and abstract forms are making a loud noise in the interior world.   These are statements that yearn for more freedom, more movement, more glamour, and more reasons to be you.  It’s no doubt that changes are hard, but what I do know is that it’s never the wrong time to make the right change.  AA

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Mosaic Tile from Domus UK.                                               Shelving from Bungalow 5

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Side Tables from Bungalow 5                                         Floral Dress from Jil Sander 2018 Spring
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Tailored Sofa with a burnt orange fabric from Holly Hunt


Music + Fashion = Design

Music + Fashion = Design

I had this revelation years ago that what makes interior design evolve are the influences music and fashion has on this industry.  I am constantly listening to new music, watching fashion shows and just being a part of the retail and music scene. How we celebrate music and fashion affects the styles and colors in our homes and the hospitality environment. Each month, I will be sharing with you my top selections of music and fashion that affect my decisions on interior design practice.

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Niemen Marcus catalog in 1998

In 1994, I won a modeling competition in Sydney, Australia.  I was persuaded to continue my modeling career in Chicago, with Elite Modeling Agency.  I loved being involved with fashion which led me into the interior design world.  The previous owner of Elite Modeling Agency (Jane Stewart) is now my mother-in-law.  I actually married her beautiful and extremely talented step-daughter, Katharine .  It was one of those very lucky moments in my life.

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Face of American Crew in 1999

I remember images of black and white photos of my father in a crisp cream suit and slick dark hair just arriving on a 30 day boat trip from Naples, Italy to Adelaide, Australia.  My father (Giacinto) immigrated to Australia in the 1950’s who then met my mother (Emilia), who also was part of an Italian family.  My family has a classic approach to life.  My mother would add a little perfume behind her ears no matter what occasion, and my father would polish his shoes everyday before work.  During breakfast, we would have Italian music playing on the radio, which occasionally someone in the family would sing along.  I have learnt from my parents that its important to cherish each moment and dress yourself and your surroundings to develop confidence in yourself and to attract friendships and relationships.  Their love for an elegant lifestyle translated to how I lived inside a home.  These are the memories that inspired my life through music and fashion. AA.

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My favorites Men’s Colognes are Rance and Aqua Di Palma.  Italian Colognes of course!


Top Music Single for February 2018.

Top Music Single for February 2018.

When I moved to Chicago in 1996 I didn’t know anybody or had a dime to survive so I just improvised and made the best of it.  The first six months were really tough but I connected with the right people and found myself growing in an inspiring environment.  I gained more from Chicago then any other USA city, including my wife, her family, my education, and the love for deep house music.  Chicago is the best city in the USA and has sentimental moments for me, including times at the River West club called Funky Buddha Lounge (now closed).

I am continually motivated by music artists, including Yaeji, who is my February pick for Top Music.  Drink I’m Sippin On is a cool running song too! Enjoy.  AA