This is the second post of a series “Style, Substance and Color:...
The cradle of design, Italy always has design candies in its pockets, and today we are sharing one of the sweetest ones with you. We have a pleasure to welcome Elisabetta Rizzato, Italian architect, interior designer and a person behind the interior design blog ITALIAN BARK here at SampleBoard blog. Elisabetta has been blogging since 2013, and over the years she has built one of the greatest Italian design blogs, written in both Italian and English. She was so kind to share her piece of mind with our community.
Seriously, I started the blog because I was really bored at the job I had. It was a way for me to feel inspired and to keep myself updated with what I love. I couldn't imagine it would have become an inspiration for many people out there and I'm really happy for it.
There have been so many benefits to both my job and my personal life. First, running a blog is a way to keep myself updated with the latest products, news on design, projects, and this is really helpful for my projects as well. Second, the blog really brought me many new contacts for my work and also new projects. I can say now it truly changed my life!
I think it is important to find a niche when you are starting a blog, on the web, there are really millions of websites and you must be specific and focused in what you do to make a blog stand out from the crowd. However, I also want to write about what I like, from different styles and countries, so creating just a regular column about Italian design was the good compromise.
By always looking for new inspirations and sources.
For sure, the fact I really love what I do!
I've always been a nerdy one since I was very young. I’ve always loved to learn things concerning computer and software, so I did everything by myself, just by following tutorials and by reading other blogs!
Photo: Aurora Scuderi
I use to divide my days half working on the blog/social media and anything concerning the blog, half working on my projects (very general talking but of course it depends on deliveries and ongoing projects!!). Now I have some help with contributors for the articles, but I'm working more on other things for example newsletter and downloadable contents.
My style is minimalist yet cozy.
Even though on the blog I love to write about trends, I think that for a project trends can be a good source of inspirations, but you first have to follow your taste and what you really like. I love the mix of Scandinavian and Japanese design, bright and light spaces, so I'm not so much into the moody and dark trend.
I'm just following my intuition. Also, I know where to find inspiration and sources for images for the blog!
Thank you! It was easier because if you renovate your home you can follow your own taste and you are free to share things online. In the past, I had clients who didn't want their home to be shared on the blog!
I think the most important part is the really first one when you ask and listen to client’s needs. Moodboards are part of the whole project life: as a way to put together ideas at the beginning, as a guideline to create a project, but can also be useful at the end when incorporating changes and new things.
Half and half! Also, I get bored very easily so doing both is great for me :)
Travelling and visiting design fairs and events.
I follow many Scandinavian blogs, some UK ones, Australian and Americans mainly. But on my list, there are of course some Italian blogs and other from very different countries.
Good question!! Probably a lot, but also nothing. My blog is the result of passion, trials, mistakes, nothing was planned at the beginning, and I really did not know anything about blogging as a job. Turning back time, I would have studied SEO at the beginning, for example. However, maybe if I would have done things differently, the results would also not have been the same.
The quote I love: Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. :)