ITALY ON MY MIND

This month we'll be headed to Italy, home to some of our absolute favorite places in the world:

Positano, Capri, and Rome.


POSITANO

 Photo via Gray Malin.

Photo via Gray Malin.

I first found Positano in 1994 while studying for my MBA on Loyola University Chicago's Rome campus.  I can vividly remember grabbing a few of my buddies, hopping into our little yellow stick shift convertible we nicknamed "limoncello," and heading south along the Italian coast... I was naive enough to drive this tiny rental car from Rome all the way down to Positano, which totals almost 200 miles and probably 400 hairpin turns.

 Photo from our trip back in 2012.

Photo from our trip back in 2012.

I found myself there again in 1997 for my honeymoon -- Doug and I loved exploring this beautiful beach town and surrounding coastal towns like Ravello together.

It was during this trip that we first stumbled upon Ristorante Donna Rosa.  It instantly became a favorite of ours thanks to the amazing family who owns it and their incredible food and hospitality.  When you enter you may hear them singing Neil Diamond.

It was so special that we felt we had to return again 15 years later, this time with our three girls.  We took this sweet photo (below) of all the girls (Mamma Raffaella, her two daughters Erika and Rosida, and our girls Mira, Alexa, and Petrea) doing a "girl power" pose.

 Our girls with the ladies of Ristorante Donna Rosa in 2012.

Our girls with the ladies of Ristorante Donna Rosa in 2012.


BLUE GROTTO

 Sweet Alexa in front of the Blue Grotto back in 2012.

Sweet Alexa in front of the Blue Grotto back in 2012.

During our time on the Amalfi Coast, it was a must to visit Capri and the Blue Grotto on the way.

We loved visiting this sea cave last time because of how stunning it was when the sun pierced through the water, illuminating the entire cavern in a bright blue reflection.


JK PLACE CAPRI

 The iconic JK Place Capri.

The iconic JK Place Capri.

During our time on Capri, I'm especially looking forward to visiting the iconic resort hotel - JK Place Capri.

This hotel's decor inspired the entire look, feel, and color palette of one of our most exciting projects to date.  We were chosen to redecorate the ladies' locker room at one of the North Shore's most historic country clubs.

The crisp white interior is balanced with deep navy hues, bright brass accents, and contrasting pops of high-gloss black accessories.  Look for me there enjoying an Aperol spritz (or two)!

 An interior shot of JK Place Capri.

An interior shot of JK Place Capri.


ROME

 One of our very favorite restaurants in Rome - Ristorante Roscioli.

One of our very favorite restaurants in Rome - Ristorante Roscioli.

Since we fly out of Rome, we plan to spend a couple of days eating our way through the city.

A must-visit while dining in the city is Roscioli - This unconventional restaurant is home to a salumeria/deli, restaurant, and wine bar all in one.  Upon entering, you'll be enchanted by the secluded spaces available to dine in.  It's quite romantic and wildly delicious!  This hidden little gem wows us and every friend we send there every time!!

 Our family in 2012 before a plate of bolognese was dropped on Doug.

Our family in 2012 before a plate of bolognese was dropped on Doug.


Have any recommendations for Positano, Rome, or Capri?!  I'd love to know them so be sure to leave a comment below!!

XO,
JEANNIE