Hi there and welcome to Lucy's Lounge at Tutti Chic! Why Lucy’s lounge for a blog name? It was only appropriate since my life sometimes mimics a Lucy episode! Here’s a little background… I am the oldest of 5 children. My dad a dentist & my mom a stay at home mom. I have been married for 29 years to a wonderful guy & we have 3 great kids & two adored grandchildren. I come from a big Italian family & share a special closeness with each of my brothers, my sister & my mom & dad. My family is my whole world & I’m lucky to have such a wonderful one filled with lots of uncles, aunts & cousins in addition to my immediate family. I‘m also a loyal friend & value the friendships I have. I’m completely honest in my friendships ~“what you see is what you get” a dear friend once told me. I was close to all my grandparents but especially close to my maternal grandmother. I was lucky enough to have her until I was 48. I dedicated a page on my website Tutti Chic to her & it was because of her that I developed my love of all things vintage & romantic. Tutti Chic means “all things chic” in Italian.
Now about the Lucy thing …My life truly mimics a Lucy episode most of the time. I have a wicked sense of humor & a lot of creative energy & am always up to something. It’s not unusual for my hubby to come home & find that the whole house has been changed around again or a whole room painted in the 8 hours that he’s been gone. I’m always in trouble with my “Ricky” because of my absolute love of shopping (just like Lucy was) & go to some pretty insane measures to hide things, only to be found out & told that “I had some splainin to do!” My husband is a steady sweet guy who shows he loves me everyday, He is the calm to my storm…always. I even have an Ethel ~the level headed friend who is always trying to talk Lucy out of her madcap adventures! I love to laugh & try to find the humor in most everything. When I have the occasional bad day, a re-run of I Love Lucy or any comedy usually does the trick.
I work outside from May until November doing garden design & actually plant & maintain everything I design. I have a special fondness for container planting & love to find old antique urns & make them beautiful with favorite annuals & perennials. I am lucky enough to have the entire winter off which allows plenty of time to work on my website. I feel blessed that the work I do all year long is creative & so much fun! I love antiquing & looking for fabulous vintage treasures, furniture that needs some tlc & architectural salvage. I love giving furniture, frames, or architectural pieces new life with a coat of paint or a few hand painted flowers. I feel so blessed to be able to live the kind of life I do & to pursue the things that make me so happy!