La Contessa

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La Contessa in the Garden

La Contessa! Your hostess and proprietress has collected most of her 54 years. She would hunt with her MOTHER at a very young age for the rusted and unusual. She had the good fortune to travel the world before the ITALIAN husband appeared. After marriage and two beautiful sons were born they had the opportunity to live outside of FLORENCE, ITALY.

Florence got under the skin of the CONTESSA, because she adored the antiquity and charm of the ancient city. Honestly, there were not enough hours in the day to explore and take it all in! When the time came to go back to the United States the Contessa arrived at the airport after all her belongings had been shipped with 18 pieces of luggage, two dogs, two cats and two sons!!

To this day Italian music and European like people influence the music, moods and the moves she takes. And her shop reflects that. As one customer stated its just full of “WAVES OF WONDERMENT!”

On June 15,2013 I have decided to close the shop after 12 WONDERFUL years in LAFAYETTE.I will continue to appear at shows and sell on-line.Please SUBSCRIBE to this site to stay informed of my every move!


  • Lee Robinson

    Hey there my wife and I are curious if you owned the Hen House in Lafayette or know who does.

    Thank you very much.


  • Loreen Attridge

    Please add me to your mailing list. I do follow you on instagram. Thank you!

  • Violetta Cordes

    Good day,dear Contessa,
    How beautiful is your garden and you look so stylish there between all those fabulously gorgeous flowers!!!
    Beautiful post:)))*

    Wish you blessed October,
    My warm greetings,

  • Marsha @ Splenderosa

    You have your own personal style, which is the absolute best thing possible. You have made me appreciate my own quirkiness and, in fact, to embrace it. Thank you for being part of our lovely club, BY INVITATION ONLY, you have added so much fun !!

  • TINA

    hai creato una casa meravigliosa e una famiglia invidiabile…..
    vi voglio bene

  • Lyn Walters

    You are the tonic I needed at the end of a not so fabulous day, thank you

  • Sharon Stanley Ruggerio

    Dearest La Contessa,

    Seriously, the next time you schedule a fun venture to Europe, PLEASE notify me. I will be most happy to tag along and carry your luggage! What a lovely, free-spirited lady you are. Your musings are totally inspiring and uplifting to this would-be, nomadic gypsy.

    Cheers and warm regards,
    Sharon Stanley Ruggerio
    Houston, Texas

  • jeannine Nye

    What a joyful blog, loved reading it, and will be back.. and as for vintage age, I think you are still a baby, I shall be 70 in this May and feel like I am STARTING to feel so much like 30 !h ha… cannot wait until your next installment, all those photos are just so elegant and beautiful.. J

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