The first things you notice when you enter the Valdirose, just outside Florence, are the collections of vintage objects and floral arrangements. The scent of coffee and homemade cakes wafts through the air. Flea markets, flowers and cooking, Irene Berni's three passions.
Combining these ingredients is quite a challenge. Collect wild herbs and pruning waste, to embellish zinc bottles and basins. Choose seasonal products and local delicacies, to cook pies and biscuits. Experimenting, making and disassembling, to create a different, refined and unique atmosphere every day. It is something that comes easily and naturally to Irene Berni. Because Valdirose is a way to express his creativity.
Irene creates corners of poetry. Paolo, her husband, is a friend, lover and partner in crime. He entertains guests with grace and savoir-faire. He is a sort of Jack of all trades. Like when he made a lamp base with old wood spools. Grandpa Giovanni has a contagious smile and the keen eye of someone who knows how to give good advice. Authenticity, familiarity and spontaneity. This is why you feel at home at Valdirose.
French dishes in ‘terre de fer’, silver cutlery and vintage glasses: the day begins with a homemade breakfast in the veranda. A bright space where you can enjoy the first light of the morning, leafing through the newspaper. Here the time is slow, the little things regain their value. Charming details open the door of memories.
The neutral palette of the rooms invites you to rest. Striped pillows are mixed with linen sheets and lace. A few darker fabrics here and there to create movement. Green light for antique furniture and trouvailles found around the antique markets.
(Double room in BB starting from euro 115.00).
The Valdirose B&B is the mirror and the soul of Irene Berni. I asked Mrs. Valdirose, as she is called by many, to tell me something more.
Valdirose has always been an open house. A point of reference for friends and relatives. We thought of a way to keep the house alive. Thus, the idea of opening a Bed and Breakfast was born spontaneously.
Simple, familiar and spontaneous.
This house has such well-defined characteristics that I often define its style as 'Valdirose style'. Every object is loved and chosen. I do not follow any particular current, but my instinct and the memories it arouses in me.
All! In fact I don't mind when people call me ‘Valdirose’ instead of ‘Irene’ 🙂
1. My family. They are sunny people.
2. The relaxed atmosphere.
4. The inspiration: Valdirose attracts many creatives.
5. The support for small businesses like mine.
The good light.
1. Valuing each room for what it is, without following what you want but starting from what you have.
2. Insert natural elements.
3. Use your memories and your passions.
4. Arrange the objects to be stimulated to use them in everyday life.
5. Study the light.
I love to do anything that stimulates my creativity. I am curious and a woman who tests herself.
I believe in positivity and gratitude.
The fact that every day is different and that it brings me to know many different people.
Surely the experience with Cook has taught me and continues to teach me a lot. Thanks to the team I gain confidence in myself and the strength to do new things. The funniest? The first book: 'What Irene Likes'.
I always think I'm doing too many things. And I actually do many. But I also believe that I can never do them fully well.
When what you do makes you feel good, then it makes sense. And if you can make others feel good too is the best.
Mistakes and failures. When I fail, I feel the desire to improve and move forward. When everything is fine, however, I remain static. A mistake I often made at the beginning is not to give value, even monetary value, to one's work and the time devoted to doing it.
Arm yourself with determination, perseverance, humility, curiosity and enthusiasm.
A book about B&B Valdirose.