July 27, 2010

In the Mountains

Oh...the mountains, fresh air, mooing cows and rolling hills. Pollone is about an hours drive from Turin, an hour and a half from Milan. It is really in the middle of nowhere and quite beautiful because of it. It is a painter's paradise and my husband's great grandmother was an incredible one, so the house is filled with inspirational painting after inspirational painting. Pollone is an especialy formidable place as my husband's great uncle, Pier Giorgio Frassati was beatified by Pope John Paul II and this was the home he loved. Every morning we wake up infront of the same mountains he adored to climb until he died at the young age of 24. His bedroom is all in tact, with his relics beautifully but modestly displayed. Mass is often held in the adjoining room. It is a very spiritual and special month. I will put a little bio of Pier Giorgio below if you are interested in reading about him.
"Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint for the modern world, and especially for the young people of our time. Born in 1901 in Turin, Italy, his time on earth was short-only 24 years-but he filled it passionately with holy living. Pier Giorgio was a model of virtue, a "man of the beatitudes," as Pope John Paul II called him at the saint's beatification ceremony in Rome on May 20, 1990. He was described by friends as "an explosion of joy." As Pier Giorgio's sister, Luciana, says of her brother in her biography of him, "He represented the finest in Christian youth: pure, happy, enthusiastic about everything that is good and beautiful."
Because of the heavy rains in Europe this year everything is very green and lush...fortunately for me all the flowers are bursting with color, and Pollone is known for them. Every season brings a different explosion of flowers and colors. While we are here the Hydrangeas are out in full glory. (You can notice my assistant pointing them out ;-)
The leaves are amazing too, look at these tie-dye ones I found....crazy beautiful!

I am still working on the Spring Matouk line. Sadly I cant post anything yet, as until it is in production...I don't want Target to beat me to my own designs...
Once again Happy Summer to all.


  1. looks lovely!
    enjoy your time....

  2. Looks like you and your family are having a great summer vacation, or should I say; time away, since technically you are working...
    Love the Hydrenga image, just stunning!

    Northern Light

  3. Lulu these are gorgeous images! A truly beautiful vacation spot!

    Art by Karena

  4. AnonymousJuly 27, 2010

    I used to spend my summers in the States and lived in Europe. Now my life is just one country and very little time. I raised my children travelling back and forth. It's great for children and they are very fortunate for the opportunities. I miss Europe and your photos make me long to return. . . . . perhaps next year . . .. who knows!! Lucky you! And lucky us for having your blog so we can see all of this.

  5. I don't think that setting and those hydrangeas could be more perfect!

  6. Lulu,

    You are generous to share. So much goodness here -- the twins, the hydrangeas! And I want those tie-dye leaves! Keep it coming please.