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My Family Ties

My Family Ties

I was born in Brisbane, Australia and I came from a highly-creative family who all love homes, gardens and property.  Whilst my mother sewed, cooked and decorated, my father resorted vintage motorcycles and cars. This was as much a part of our daily life as their work...
My Interior Design Journey

My Interior Design Journey

Carmen Darwin…My Interior Design Background While designing gardens it wasn’t long before long I was helping my clients with their interior design and renovation planning. You see, they would hand me their house plans so that I could design the garden. I would...
My Life Philosophy

My Life Philosophy

I believe that we are all put on this earth to do what makes us truly happy and to find what we have within ourselves that can create better lives for others. When we focus on what we do best and that special gift that we can offer, then the world is our oyster. The...
Sea and Serenity in Portovenere

Sea and Serenity in Portovenere

This morning we took the ferry and departed for the southmost village of Portovenere which was yet another beautiful village on the west coast of Italy. Some refer to it as the jewel of Liguria. Taking the ferry was a wonderful way of viewing the villages from the...
Food, Wine and Freedom in Cinque Terre

Food, Wine and Freedom in Cinque Terre

We took the early train to Monterosso to begin our morning walk to Vernazza in Cinque Terre. We were aware that we may need to transform ourselves into a mountain goat to climb these hills. Yes, it was steep, but boy was it worth it. Wow, it was a sight to behold. A...