Scene steal­ers are an in­spi­ra­tion

Bring a touch of Hol­ly­wood to your home

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fa­mous style and in re­turn showed us, the view­ing pub­lic, how to use these looks in our own homes.

One of my favourites is the orig­i­nal Wall Street movie with Michael Dou­glas and Char­lie Sheen.

This was about the op­u­lence of the ’80s, and the quick money that these guys on Wall Street were rak­ing in. Their greed and yearn­ing for the high life was de­picted in the char­ac­ter of Gor­don Gekko and his of­fice. It was op­u­lent with tex­tures of metal, leather and rich, deep colours, but it was the paint fin­ishes that had me on the edge of my seat. Sur­faces were painted to em­u­late the lux­ury of vel­vet, the cold­ness of steel and the warmth of leather. I was hooked!

I re­mem­ber Some­thing’s ages, can­celled meet­ings, com­puter crashes, bro­ken equip­ment are all par for the course.

This week: Sud­denly, it seems like you’re gung-ho to get bet­ter or­ga­nized. Ba­si­cally, you want your life to run more smoothly. This is why you will do what­ever you can to make things run more ef­fi­ciently at home and at work. By all means act on your im­pulse to buy shelv­ing, file fold­ers, la­bels, bat­ter­ies, flash­lights, clean­ing equip­ment, paint so that you can use these items to make your life smooth.

Gemini (May 21 — June 20) To­day: What can you do to im­prove where you live as well as your re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily mem­bers? This is the per­fect ques­tion for you to con­sider to­day. If you have any ideas, be spe­cific.

Sun­day: Par­ents should be ex­tra vig­i­lant to­day be­cause this is an ac­ci­dent­prone day for your kids. Ro­man­tic part­ners should also be ex­tra pa­tient with each other be­cause it’s a rocky day for ro­mance.

This week: Lucky you! You are en­ter­ing what could be the most fun-filled six weeks of the year for your sign. Ba­si­cally, your fo­cus is sim­ple: You want to have fun. It’s not self­ish, it sim­ply means you want to do your own thing and have a good time. Nat­u­rally, you’ll en­joy sports events, the the­atre, the arts, movies, par­ties, and all kinds of amuse­ments. Can­cer (June 21 — July 22)

To­day: Ev­ery New Moon is a chance to make res­o­lu­tions. Your New Moon op­por­tu­ni­ties are all about com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Strive to be as clear as you can when talk­ing to oth­ers.

Sun­day: Be pa­tient with fam­ily mem­bers be­cause do­mes­tic spats can eas­ily break out, which ben­e­fit no one. Af­ter all, anger has no pur­pose other than to make ev­ery­one mis­er­able.

This week: You’ll en­joy the next six weeks be­cause in many ways you’re a nester. You need to have a place where you can have long baths and curl up in a fe­tal po­si­tion and have a warm feel­ing in your Gotta Give with the fab­u­lous Jack Ni­chol­son and Diane Keaton.

In the the­atre you could hear a col­lec­tive in­take of breath from the au­di­ence at the sight of the home be­long­ing to the woman played by Diane Keaton. I lis­tened to the mur­mur of en­thu­si­as­tic whis­pers as friends dis­cussed the sub­tle shades of pas­tels with fresh, white mould­ings, the over­sized oat coloured so­fas and book­cases pan­elled in glossy white wood. How many of us, I won­der, rented the movie just to help choose a colour pal­ette for our own walls?

Movies and TV shows can of­fer us a vi­sion of trends that are about to reap­pear. Mad Men is the per­fect ex­am­ple. Fur­nish­ings, pat­terns, colours and tex­tures from the early six- tummy. There­fore, it will please you now to en­joy a stretch of time where your fo­cus is pri­mar­ily on home, fam­ily and per­sonal mat­ters. Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22) To­day: To­day is the only New Moon all year that of­fers you a chance to make res­o­lu­tions about how to bet­ter han­dle your fi­nances. What can you do to cut costs, boost earn­ings and have a clearer pic­ture of what is hap­pen­ing?

Sun­day: Do be care­ful. Al­low ex­tra time for ev­ery­thing. To­day is an ac­ci­dent­prone day for you but it doesn’t have to be if you are calm, not ha­rassed, and you give your­self lots of lee­way to do what­ever you want to achieve.

This week: The tempo of your days will ac­cel­er­ate in the next six weeks due to a jam-packed sched­ule of short trips and in­creased read­ing and writ­ing. On top of this, you’ll be run­ning around do­ing er­rands and talk­ing to ev­ery­one. Just ac­cept this and go with the flow. This is not the time to stay at home. In­stead, get out and hus­tle thy buns. Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22)

To­day: To­day the only New Moon in your sign all year is tak­ing place, which means it’s your chance to take a look in the mir­ror and as­sess your im­age. What kind of im­pres­sion do you cre­ate on your world?

Sun­day: Keep an eye on your money and your pos­ses­sions to­day be­cause it’s a crap­shoot. You might find money; you might lose money. You might break some­thing or lose a pos­ses­sion be­cause you mis­place it or it is stolen.

This week: Ka-ching! For var­i­ous rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to the de­tails of your own life, you’re go­ing to be much more fo­cused on earn­ings and cash flow in the next six weeks. Some of you will push for a raise while other will be look­ing for a new job. You might also be keenly fo­cused on bud­gets and fig­ur­ing out how to best jug­gle your money to keep the wolf away from the door. Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22)

To­day: Ev­ery­body be­lieves in some­thing even ties are once again be­com­ing a sta­ple in our homes, al­beit with a slight twist. Coloured ap­pli­ances are now back in vogue cre­at­ing a sigh of re­lief from the decades of stain­less steel and white.

I just bought a le­mon yel­low toaster, a joy­ful up­grade to my mom’s Har­vest Yel­low, and I have a wild “noo­dle” rug in pis­ta­chio green, again a mod­ern ver­sion of the green shag.

This year we spent my birthday at an an­cient cas­tle in Tus­cany, which is the ho­tel where the ro­man­tic movie Let­ters to Juliet was filmed star­ring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Red­grave. Not only was I treated by my beloved hus­band to this won­der­ful evening but we also stayed in the ac­tual room where they filmed many of the scenes. if it is the be­lief that they don’t be­lieve. What are your be­liefs? What ideas do you em­brace when the power goes out?

Sun­day: You’re on an emo­tional roller-coaster to­day. Yes, you feel ex­cited and stim­u­lated by some­thing. New peo­ple in your life are daz­zling and dif­fer­ent. Nev­er­the­less, stormy re­la­tion­ships are pos­si­ble. Easy does it.

This week: This week the Sun en­ters your sign for the first time in a year, which means you’ll be pumped with en­ergy for the next four weeks. When the Sun is in your sign, you eas­ily at­tract oth­ers to you, plus favourable cir­cum­stances come your way. Nat­u­rally, you should make the most of this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21) To­day: To­day’s New Moon is your chance to make res­o­lu­tions about friend­ships. The big thing is that your friends influence you. No ques­tion. They influence your mind­set and your mind is what makes your de­ci­sions, guides your life and shapes your fu­ture.

Sun­day: You feel ex­tremely rest­less to­day. In part, this is be­cause you want a lit­tle ad­ven­ture. You want some­thing to hap­pen that’s fun and dif­fer­ent. And you might get your wish!

This week: Your per­sonal year is end­ing. That makes this next month the per­fect time to look over your shoul­der and ask your­self how well you’re do­ing at the art of liv­ing. Think about the last year. How do you want your new year to be dif­fer­ent? If you write down some spe­cific goals, this will in­crease the like­li­hood you’ll achieve these goals. It’s your choice.

Sagit­tar­ius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21) To­day: This could be per­haps the best day of the year for you to give se­ri­ous thought to your life di­rec­tion in gen­eral. Are you headed where you want to go? Do you have a plan?

Sun­day: Be pa­tient with oth­ers, es­pe­cially in group sit­u­a­tions, be­cause you might blurt some­thing out and later re­gret it. The up­side of to­day is that it’s not

Borgo Scopeto, (www. bor­go­scopetore­lais.it), which should be added to ev­ery­one’s bucket list, was built more than 600 years ago. The lat­est restora­tion to this now stun­ning ho­tel in­cor­po­rates to­day’s mod­ern com­forts, and paint tech­niques that have been used in Tus­cany for cen­turies. The use of colour block­ing and what is known as “lin­ing” in the hall­ways and bed­rooms of this ho­tel en­com­pass both the prac­ti­cal and es­thetic sense in­te­gral to good de­sign.

Cre­at­ing blocks of colour on a wall brings large rooms to scale, an ideal so­lu­tion for any­one who has cathe­dral ceil­ings in their home. Bands and lines of colour usu­ally re­place base­boards in these old vil­las — a fab­u­lous rem­edy if you have three-inch base­boards bor­ing! The down­side is you feel out of con­trol.

This week: You’re sud­denly pop­u­lar! The next six weeks are all about talk­ing to friends, join­ing clubs and groups, schmooz­ing with ac­quain­tances plus mak­ing valu­able new con­tacts. In the big­ger pic­ture, you’re aware of your hopes and dreams and think­ing a lot about how close you are to achiev­ing them. With Jupiter di­rectly op­po­site your sign this is a time of cul­mi­na­tion for you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19) To­day: Ask your­self what ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing would im­prove how you do your job and en­hance your qual­ity of life. Or maybe you can travel some­where that will please you and en­rich your ex­pe­ri­ence of the world?

Sun­day: You might feel re­bel­lious deal­ing with author­ity fig­ures to­day. Don’t quit your day job and don’t say any­thing you will later re­gret. This is just a pass­ing (and thrilling) mo­ment of im­pul­sive re­bel­lion.

This week: Dur­ing the next six weeks, the Sun will slowly cross the top of your chart act­ing like a spot­light on you. This is why oth­ers, es­pe­cially par­ents, teach­ers and VIPs, notice you more. For­tu­nately, this lighting is flat­ter­ing so ev­ery­one thinks you’re hot. De­mand the ad­van­tage! Ask for a pro­mo­tion or raise. Bosses will ask you to take on in­creased re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18) To­day: This is a prac­ti­cal New Moon for you. What can you do to re­duce your debt and se­cure loose ends by hav­ing a will drawn up or wrapping up dis­putes about shared prop­erty or in­sur­ance mat­ters?

Sun­day: Travel plans will be changed to­day. There­fore, al­low ex­tra time for ev­ery­thing. You might learn some­thing un­usual from some­one who is re­ally “dif­fer­ent.” Dis­cus­sions about re­li­gion, phi­los­o­phy and pol­i­tics won’t be bor­ing!

This week: You’ve got the wan­der­lust and travel to­tally ap­peals to you in the next six weeks. Bot­tom line: You want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent! You want to ex- that you would like to make more im­pres­sive. A roll of low-tack mask­ing tape, a base colour on your walls and an al­ter­nate colour will cre­ate a clean, mod­ern and in­ter­est­ing el­e­ment for the plainest room.

The next time you watch a movie, whether it’s a his­toric Euro­pean ro­mance or an Amer­ica drama, dwell on the back drop of the homes as well as the ac­tion on the screen. You will find so much to be in­spired by for your own home. pand your hori­zons. You’re hun­gry for fresh ideas, new knowl­edge and an op­por­tu­nity to meet fas­ci­nat­ing peo­ple. Study or sign up for a course.

Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20) To­day: The only New Moon all year that is op­po­site your sign is giv­ing you the chance to think about how you can im­prove your clos­est re­la­tion­ships.

Sun­day: Keep an eye on your bank ac­count and on any­thing re­lated to debt, taxes and shared prop­erty. Some­thing un­pre­dictable might hap­pen, es­pe­cially if you are re­spon­si­ble for the pos­ses­sions of oth­ers.

This week: You’re sen­si­tive and emo­tional. But you do re­act emo­tion­ally to events around you and, in the next six weeks, many of you will be much more in­tense than usual. Your world will feel very black and white/right or wrong/on or off. No mid­dle ground. You might do some soul-search­ing, and many of you will meet some­one who trig­gers this psy­cho­log­i­cal self-in­quiry.

British royal Prince Harry (1984) shares your birthday to­day. You are of­ten shy when young. How­ever, when older, this dis­ap­pears and you be­come quite ex­pan­sive! You en­joy life fully and you like hav­ing the wealth to be able to do so. In the year ahead, friend­ships and part­ner­ships will be a strong fo­cus for you.

Ac­tress Made­line Zima (1985) shares your birthday to­day. Many of you mas­ter a par­tic­u­lar tech­nique that you use in life. You have enor­mous spirit that gives you the courage to fol­low your dreams. You’re also very brave and you can be blunt. You are born with a zest for life! You’re big­hearted and al­ways hon­est. In the year ahead, an im­por­tant choice will arise.

Borgo Scopeto

Stun­ning in­te­ri­ors spot­ted in movies, such as this bed­room suite at Borgo Scopeto, in­cor­po­rate mod­ern com­forts and paint tech­niques that have been used in Tus­cany for cen­turies.

DEB­BIE TRAVIS

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