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Exotic Travel, Product Inspiration: Limoncello Collection - the Amalfi Coast

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The most gorgeous turquoise water you've ever seen, fresh pasta, limoncello, bright boats – what’s not to adore about the Amalfi Coast in beautiful Italy? The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places in the world. On top of the sights, everyone is so hospitable, captivating and kind.

Being around all of these vivid colors and sights left me longing to create a collection that reminded me of my time there. When you go out to dinner in any of the towns in that area, they serve you little shots of icy cold limoncello after dinner. Oh...Italians and their wonderful digestif obsession. You can get used to it pretty easily.

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Highlights of the coast are Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravelo and Pompeii. Each day spent in any of these places is an endless feast of sights and taste.

Spectacular villas and hotels, a breathtaking view through death-defying winding roadways… everywhere you look, it’s like a postcard. Giant lemons, boats cruising, colorful flowers and people who also love this piece of heaven as much as I do. Così romantico!

The best way to explore a destination is with a local private guide. You can rent a boat, hike, visit a lot of interesting hidden places. Our local guide was Aurora. She was very easy to work with and kept us informed. Seeing the Amalfi Coast by private boat was amazing. We were able to stop anywhere we wanted and swim as long as we wanted. The views were truly awesome. We were taken to a beach restaurant for lunch that had excellent food. A waiter had a short story for us:

“George Clooney, Sting, Rod Stewart, Scarlett Johansson...”our waiter gestures towards the boats. 'They all come here during the summer...' He pauses dramatically…'But those boats don't belong to them. Theirs are molti (much) bigger,' he says. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was a wonderful relaxing day!

Travel in Italy

Ravello

Next day, we drive up to Ravello where I visit the famous Villa Rufolo or Cimbrone. The entrance is on the main square (Piazza Vescovado), just across from the Duomo. You enter through a 13th-century, square Moorish tower. After purchasing a ticket, you walk along an inner pathway until you reach the Moorish Cloister. Best known for its colonnade of pointed arches, the cloister is an outstanding example of the Arabic-Sicilian style of the period.

Positano

After that – Positano. It’s an amalgam of houses, arches, domes and bungansville, fall from the peak of Comune and Sant'Angelo a tre Pizzi mountains. The white houses are very similar to the ones you find in Greece.

Sorrento

lemon

When I think about Sorrento, I think about the city of orange and lemon groves. Land of mermaids, colors, mysteries and legends. Aurora told me to taste their local dish gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. It’s an Italian dish made with gnocchi, sauce and a few basil leaves that are simply mouthwatering. And then – limoncello. Sorrento's original limoncello is unlike any other. We recommend taking an evening stroll or 'passeggiata' a to Piazza Tasso. You can stop by cafés and enjoy pleasant city views and of the sea beyond.

Limoncello Collection

Limoncello collection

This coast was so inspiring that I tried to capture the spirit of our experience through our Limoncello Collection. The collection captures the essence of lemons and sunny beaches and includes from pillow, art prints, barware, and makeup bags that feature light green and shades of yellow that seem as if they have been painted from a canvas. You will have fuelled daydreams of the Amalfi Coast for the day!

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The most gorgeous turquoise water you've ever seen, fresh pasta, limoncello, bright boats – what’s not to adore about the Amalfi Coast in beautiful Italy? The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places in the world. On top of the sights, everyone is so hospitable, captivating and kind.

Being around all of these vivid colors and sights left me longing to create a collection that reminded me of my time there. When you go out to dinner in any of the towns in that area, they serve you little shots of icy cold limoncello after dinner. Oh...Italians and their wonderful digestif obsession. You can get used to it pretty easily.

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Highlights of the coast are Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravelo and Pompeii. Each day spent in any of these places is an endless feast of sights and taste.

Spectacular villas and hotels, a breathtaking view through death-defying winding roadways… everywhere you look, it’s like a postcard. Giant lemons, boats cruising, colorful flowers and people who also love this piece of heaven as much as I do. Così romantico!

The best way to explore a destination is with a local private guide. You can rent a boat, hike, visit a lot of interesting hidden places. Our local guide was Aurora. She was very easy to work with and kept us informed. Seeing the Amalfi Coast by private boat was amazing. We were able to stop anywhere we wanted and swim as long as we wanted. The views were truly awesome. We were taken to a beach restaurant for lunch that had excellent food. A waiter had a short story for us:

“George Clooney, Sting, Rod Stewart, Scarlett Johansson...”our waiter gestures towards the boats. 'They all come here during the summer...' He pauses dramatically…'But those boats don't belong to them. Theirs are molti (much) bigger,' he says. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was a wonderful relaxing day!

Travel in Italy

Ravello

Next day, we drive up to Ravello where I visit the famous Villa Rufolo or Cimbrone. The entrance is on the main square (Piazza Vescovado), just across from the Duomo. You enter through a 13th-century, square Moorish tower. After purchasing a ticket, you walk along an inner pathway until you reach the Moorish Cloister. Best known for its colonnade of pointed arches, the cloister is an outstanding example of the Arabic-Sicilian style of the period.

Positano

After that – Positano. It’s an amalgam of houses, arches, domes and bungansville, fall from the peak of Comune and Sant'Angelo a tre Pizzi mountains. The white houses are very similar to the ones you find in Greece.

Sorrento

lemon

When I think about Sorrento, I think about the city of orange and lemon groves. Land of mermaids, colors, mysteries and legends. Aurora told me to taste their local dish gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. It’s an Italian dish made with gnocchi, sauce and a few basil leaves that are simply mouthwatering. And then – limoncello. Sorrento's original limoncello is unlike any other. We recommend taking an evening stroll or 'passeggiata' a to Piazza Tasso. You can stop by cafés and enjoy pleasant city views and of the sea beyond.

Limoncello Collection

Limoncello collection

This coast was so inspiring that I tried to capture the spirit of our experience through our Limoncello Collection. The collection captures the essence of lemons and sunny beaches and includes from pillow, art prints, barware, and makeup bags that feature light green and shades of yellow that seem as if they have been painted from a canvas. You will have fuelled daydreams of the Amalfi Coast for the day!

Read more


Exotic travel: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Thailand has and always will be a tourist haven but did you know that it has inspired artists from across the globe as well? The northern Thai capital Chiang Mai, in particular, is the main inspiration behind our new collection.

The inspiration behind the new product line…

Nestled in the middle of lush and forested foothills, Chiang Mai is steeped in history and is much older than it seems at first glance. Most of the income its people generated in the past came exclusively from teak that was hauled with the help of elephants. These majestic animals are a staple sight in the city and the country as well which is why we have featured them in the new product line.

The city is quite calm and laid back but it is filled with artistic inspirations wherever you turn. Whether it’s a woman selling colorful wares by the roadside, a crowded and vibrant marketplace or a vendor selling fresh vegetables and fruits – the city boasts a bustling lifestyle that artists love. This is a place to relax, gorge on delicious and exotic food and just let the troubles of the world slip away.

Large elephant - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Strolling through the hidden but charming backstreets of Chiang Mai is more than enough for this. Doing so is to discover a part of Thailand that still holds onto its historic roots with an attitude and atmosphere that seems otherworldly. That is really what I tried to capture in the new Chiang Mai collection of home decor and accessories.

The monasteries are breathtaking year round and for good reason. The architecture is majestic and boasts a range of styles, shapes and colors that draw the eye. Even though many of them have been filled-in now with homes and hotels, they still hold onto their beauty and grace. In fact, the color palette used in the new collection was picked specifically to capture that calm. Light greens, russet browns, pale blues among other soothing colors make up the products that will be available on the website soon.

Chiang Mai’s residential sector is not the main thing that draws visitors in droves to the city. Just drive straight in any direction and it won’t be long before you find yourself amidst its lush countryside which is well known by artists and craftsmen alike. The pristine rainforest reserves are a must visit for those who love to be surrounded by unspoilt nature and churning waterfalls whose waters are cool to the touch. 

Playful bath

The peaceful countryside villages are a sight to behold and add pops of color and culture where they nestle among the greenery. Just a stroll through the souvenir markets is enough to provide a ton of décor ideas and designs and which have been incorporated in the collection that will be launched soon.

The prints are designed to pay homage to the lush flora and fauna that the city is well known for. These are mostly shades of green, white and floral hues that can add a spot of refreshing color to any setting. This is why I have tried to incorporate elements that are purely Thai such as palm trees, strolling elephants and design patterns that are purely Chiang Mai. 

We also know that people usually prefer a wider palette when it comes to home décor. That’s why the collection also boasts shades of pink, lilac, beige, taupe and white that my clients appreciate. Besides throw pillows and cushions, the collection also boasts Shelby Dillon originals such as makeup bags and exclusive art prints that you might not find anywhere else.  These are decorated with colors that are exclusive to Chiang Mai and in patterns that can appeal to homeowners and interior designers alike.

Read more

Exotic travel: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Thailand has and always will be a tourist haven but did you know that it has inspired artists from across the globe as well? The northern Thai capital Chiang Mai, in particular, is the main inspiration behind our new collection.

The inspiration behind the new product line…

Nestled in the middle of lush and forested foothills, Chiang Mai is steeped in history and is much older than it seems at first glance. Most of the income its people generated in the past came exclusively from teak that was hauled with the help of elephants. These majestic animals are a staple sight in the city and the country as well which is why we have featured them in the new product line.

The city is quite calm and laid back but it is filled with artistic inspirations wherever you turn. Whether it’s a woman selling colorful wares by the roadside, a crowded and vibrant marketplace or a vendor selling fresh vegetables and fruits – the city boasts a bustling lifestyle that artists love. This is a place to relax, gorge on delicious and exotic food and just let the troubles of the world slip away.

Large elephant - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Strolling through the hidden but charming backstreets of Chiang Mai is more than enough for this. Doing so is to discover a part of Thailand that still holds onto its historic roots with an attitude and atmosphere that seems otherworldly. That is really what I tried to capture in the new Chiang Mai collection of home decor and accessories.

The monasteries are breathtaking year round and for good reason. The architecture is majestic and boasts a range of styles, shapes and colors that draw the eye. Even though many of them have been filled-in now with homes and hotels, they still hold onto their beauty and grace. In fact, the color palette used in the new collection was picked specifically to capture that calm. Light greens, russet browns, pale blues among other soothing colors make up the products that will be available on the website soon.

Chiang Mai’s residential sector is not the main thing that draws visitors in droves to the city. Just drive straight in any direction and it won’t be long before you find yourself amidst its lush countryside which is well known by artists and craftsmen alike. The pristine rainforest reserves are a must visit for those who love to be surrounded by unspoilt nature and churning waterfalls whose waters are cool to the touch. 

Playful bath

The peaceful countryside villages are a sight to behold and add pops of color and culture where they nestle among the greenery. Just a stroll through the souvenir markets is enough to provide a ton of décor ideas and designs and which have been incorporated in the collection that will be launched soon.

The prints are designed to pay homage to the lush flora and fauna that the city is well known for. These are mostly shades of green, white and floral hues that can add a spot of refreshing color to any setting. This is why I have tried to incorporate elements that are purely Thai such as palm trees, strolling elephants and design patterns that are purely Chiang Mai. 

We also know that people usually prefer a wider palette when it comes to home décor. That’s why the collection also boasts shades of pink, lilac, beige, taupe and white that my clients appreciate. Besides throw pillows and cushions, the collection also boasts Shelby Dillon originals such as makeup bags and exclusive art prints that you might not find anywhere else.  These are decorated with colors that are exclusive to Chiang Mai and in patterns that can appeal to homeowners and interior designers alike.

Read more