(Photo courtesy of Le Sirenuse)Wouldn't it be lovely to spend the day in Italy without crossing an entire ocean to get there? Well, Cali-based Lonny readers, you're in luck. Beginning on Wednesday, February 19, a perfect slice of la dolce vita will land practically on your doorstep, when Shutters on the Beach hosts the Amalfi Coast's toniest hotel for a week-long event. During "Le Sirenuse at Shutters," fans of the legendary palazzo can snatch up one-of-a-kind Venetian glasswares and Italian-made accessories from a pop-up version of Emporio Le Sirenuse, the hotel's now famous shop, as well as sample menus by guest chef Matteo Temperini in Shutters' One Pico restaurant.
(Photo courtesy of Le Sirenuse)At first glance, the two seem like an odd couple. Shutters on the Beach has long been a Santa Monica staple, but the building looks more Cape Cod classic than So-Cal cool, with its beach-house aesthetic (think gingham upholstery, wicker accessories) and interiors the color of soothing sand dunes. Le Sirenuse, on the other hand, couldn't be more Italian: the 18th-century villa is dotted with hand-painted ceramic tiles, antique pieces in burnished copper, and bright bursts of color (a headboard here, an orange patterned throw pillow there)—all behind a rich façade done up in Positano red. But it's clear that both maintain an inviting, residential-style atmosphere that's appreciated no matter which side of the Atlantic you find yourself.
(Photo courtesy of Shutters on the Beach)