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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...
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...
Cinque Terre Colour

Cinque Terre Colour

Our Agriturismo near the Cinque Terre After enjoying the most delicious breakfast prepared at our Agriturismo we set off to meet Erika, our local guide for the day. What is an Agriturismo I hear you ask? An Agriturismo in Italy is a certain type of farm house...