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End of Summer

Emily Pinney

Is it just me or is it incredibly hard to accept that summer is officially over? I've spent the summer trying to make our studio a great space to work in for me and the girls. It will be somewhere that we're excited to work in and come to each day. I can't wait to show you the reveal (soon)! 

As the summer comes to an end B and I are heading to Europe for our annual (end of) summer vacation. This will be the third year in a row we head East in late September / early October. The weather is still really nice but the cities are back to work after their August vacations and the kids are back in school. This will be a much needed break for the two of us since it seems like all we've been doing is working on the design studio and following my father (who's doing the construction) with paint brushes! 

I've lived this summer vicariously through the many instagramer's I follow. For this upcoming trip I am inspired by designer Emily Henderson's trip to Spain and her Flea Marketing while there. 

Emily Henderson Flea Market

I've been googling all the flea markets and great antique stores within a 50mile radius of all our destination locations: Florence, Venice, Aviano, Cortina (and that's just Italy). Looks like there is going to be one right in the heart of Venice when we're there - so I'll be sure to hit that one up while there. Follow the trip and flea market finds on my instagram account: pinneydesigns

Happy September Everyone! 


Florence, Italy

Emily Pinney

In October I went traveling through Italy with B. I haven't been back to Italy since studying abroad in Florence at the University de Lorenzo de Medici in 2004. So as I am sure you can imagine returning brought back some nostalgic moments for me. Florence is full of design and architectural inspiration that I was anxious to absorb after a 10 year absence from the city.  

View of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo 

San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte

After the 10 hours of traveling, I was too excited to let my lack of sleep get in the way of seeing Florence. Once we checked into the hotel I had things I needed to see. Our hotel was a perfect walking distance up to Piazzale Michelangelo, a natural first stop and a good way to stretch our legs. The view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the best; of course the perfect weather didn't hurt...

After watching the sun set and visiting the San Miniato al Monte we went to my favorite restaurant for dinner Aqua al 2. If you ever visit, I highly recommend the Pasta Sampler and the house wine. You don't have to travel all the way to Florence to try Aqua al 2 since they now have locations in Washington DC and San Diego. 

After dinner on that first night we strolled around the old city center to soak in the night-time sights. The Piazza della Repubblica was one of my favorite sites back in 2004. There are always a lot of people, both locals and tourists, enjoying the square after dark. Unfortunately there was conference or something going on that required some ugly staging which obstructed some of the beauty of the piazza. Fortunately, the Duomo was immaculate and capped our stroll around Florence. What an amazing site! 

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a The Duomo

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a.k.a The Duomo