Beautiful Italy International Pages Talks with Alison Clay-Duboff

Feng Shui Your Yard for Maximum Curb Appeal

Feng Shui yard

You probably already know that using the tenets of feng shui can result in indoor space that hums with harmony. But were you aware that this ancient Chinese philosophy also can be used to improve your home’s exterior? In fact, good feng shui outside not only allows you to welcome visitors peacefully, but it can even entice potential […]

Staging Tips to Consider When Selling Your Home

home staging

If you’re thinking about selling your home, keep in mind that you can give potential buyers a great first impression of your digs by putting yourself in their shoes. Think back to the tour you took before buying the home, for example, and try to remember what stood out to you—both good and bad—and how […]

Simple Ways to Convert Your Backyard into Paradise


While much of the country is still under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are focusing on having fun in their own backyards—and shopping for ways to make their personal parcel of land more luxurious than ever. So, how do you pull this off? According to a recently released survey by Wayfair Professional on what its […]

Hidden Costs of Self-Isolating at Home


If you’re fortunate enough to still be collecting a paycheck while quarantined or sheltering in place, you might expect to build up some serious savings. While working from home, after all, you’re avoiding your usual commuting expenses, and you’re probably saving money by not going to bars, restaurants, and movies, or skipping that pricey vacation. […]

How to Explore a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place

explore a neighborhood

You likely won’t be able to visit a coffee shop or stroll down a street during the coronavirus pandemic, but keep in mind that it’s still possible to explore a neighborhood during these uncertain times. After all, finding the right place to live is very important. So, how can you scope out a new community […]

5 Paint Projects To Reinvigorate Your House

paint project

After weeks of sheltering in place, a paint project might be a way to keep busy and spruce up your home décor without buying new furniture or accessories. The solution: reviving some items you already own with a few strokes of a paintbrush. Adding a splash of color is one of the easiest and least […]

5 Hot Home Decor Trends for Spring

While you’ve been quarantined in your home, spring has arrived. And while the usual outdoor festivities likely will be canceled or moved online, that doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate the changing of the seasons inside your own house—especially when it comes to all of the new looks coming out right now. Toward that end, […]

This is our story about the tsunami called Covid-19, and our escape down the Amazon River, Peru.

Alison and Ken Covid19 Tsunami blog image

There’s a moment when a surfer stands up on his board, right in front of a wave seemingly impervious to the impending bone crushing water about to consume him. He is all confidence and fluid grace. This is our story about the tsunami called COVID-19, and our escape down the Amazon river, Peru. The madness […]

DIY Living Room Projects to Tackle While You’re Social Distancing

DIY Living Room Projects

Thinking of selling your home soon, but stuck practicing social distancing? Try taking on some do-it-yourself home projects that not only will make you feel more productive, but also might pay dividends when it comes time to place your house on the market. Here are some easy-to-do living room chores that can give you a […]