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The Men of Italy! – Modenus Blog Tour Milan 2014

Italy is certainly one of the most spectacular European countries to visit.  When we were invited to attend Modenus Blog Tour Milan, we were thrilled!  The culture, art, food, wine, shopping, museums, churches, piazzas, architecture and………..THE MEN!!

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Photo courtesy of Chasen West Photography for Modenus

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Ahh, the canals…….

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The gondolas….

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and THE MEN…..

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The architecture…

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The outdoor cafes….

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Gianluca Gessi, President of  The Gessi Company

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Luca Poletto, Managing Director for The Gessi Company

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The beautiful carved doors…

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The famous Duomo…

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Francesco Nappo, Export Area Manager – The Gessi Company

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Giovanni De Filippo – Marketing Specialist – The Gessi Company

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The shopping…

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The fashion…

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and THE MEN…..

Lorenzo Marquez, Marketing Vice President – Cosentino

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Juan Antonio Pardo – Promotion & Loyalty Manager Marketing Department – Cosentino

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The Salone Internazionale de Mobile  – The “Highpoint” of Milan (photos courtesy of Chasen West for Modenus)


The kitchens…..


the baths…

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and THE MEN….

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Stefano Magagnin – Acheo Sales Manager (Acheo is a gorgeous showroom in the Brera Design District in Milan.  They hosted a wonderful party sponsored by BLANCO for our Blog Tour group) 


The unique transportation…

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The alcohol….

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And THE MEN...

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And lastly, our wonderful Modenus Blog Tour Group (pictured with 2 of our sponsors – Cosentino and the NKBA)

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Back row left to right:  Carmen Natschke (The Decorating Diva) , Lorenzo Marquez (Cosentino),  Tamara Stephenson (The Nest),  Holly Phillips (The English Room), Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay(Cloth and Kind) , Kelly Kole (Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.), Eric Schimelpfenig (Clever Storage),  Lisa Smith (Decor Girl), Veronika Miller (Modenus), Robin Horton (Urban Gardens),  Bill Darcy (NKBA)

Front row left to right: Joann Kandrac (me- Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.), Pamela Copeman (Posh Palettes) and Florence Van Pelet (Modenus)

As you can see, I became a bit obsessed with the men.  Not only are they handsome, they are stylish, romantic and classy!   Just so you know,  I am a very happily married woman to a handsome, wonderful man but I also happen to be HUMAN!!

If you are even “considering” visiting Italy, don’t give it a second thought – just GO!!

A huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors:


Tanti Baci,


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1 Krista { 04.22.14 at 6:27 pm }

Best BlogTour Milan post yet! Ahhh… the men! They really were so spectacular, weren’t they? xx

2 Pamela Copeman { 04.23.14 at 4:52 am }

This was worth the wait and wait I have been doing since I arrived HOME! Love this post and YOU! Chow

3 Pamela Copeman { 04.23.14 at 4:53 am }

I did NOT type chow I typed xo

4 Courtney { 04.23.14 at 7:33 am }

Now I see why people are talking about Gessi and Cosentino so much… the truth comes out! Great post, ladies.

5 An Interview with Cosentino - Part 1 - Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. { 04.28.14 at 5:52 am }

[…] you Juan Antonio!  – click HERE to see Juan Antonio included in my “Men of Italy” […]

6 Tamara Stephenson { 04.29.14 at 6:26 am }

You captured our enthusiasm for all these amazing finds, and, of course, the men! XO

7 Lisa@TheDecorGirl { 05.01.14 at 3:05 pm }

Ah… so when are we going back?

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