Writers' tales seem to impress audience with their exotic setting
by Roxana Popescu
How exciting, Palazzo Pizzo, my blog and our renovation story got featured in
The New York Times!!
The New York Times on May 3, 2012 (extract)
The full article can be found online at
I was contacted by freelance reporter
in February 2011. She wrote an email to me saying:
Hi! I'm a reporter, and tonight I came across your great blog and photos, and it gave me an idea for an article: expats who are renovating lovely old homes and blogging about it. I just got my editor's green light, so I'm wondering: Are you available for a phone interview sometime in the next few days? My deadline is Friday, so we'd have to talk soon.
And she added:
This would appear in print in the International Herald Tribune, and online in the NYT real estate section,
Me: Of course, I am available for an interview for a story in NYT and IHT! - I was excited!
We did the interview via Skye soon after and she met her editor’s deadline. Friday. But then ... nothing. It took over one year (!) until the editor gave the final green light. Which was okay for me, since I had time to take more photos of Palazzo Pizzo and clean up the blog a bit for this highlight!
A couple more expat stories made it into the article. The home featured with photos is from British blogger MamaB in France, who writes Live Love Conquer. It was exciting to discover some new fellow bloggers that way!
One day later, on May 4, 2012, the article was also published in the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. The printed edition contains an additional "renovation blogroll" with more expat bloggers to discover.
My post about hardwood flooring that the reporter mentioned in the article can be found here: How to lay the parquet - please advise and quote!
(...) When Susanne Crosetto and her husband, who is Italian, took a vacation to southern Italy in 2006, they were searching for a pied-à-terre with a terrace and a sea view. They ended up falling for an 18th-century palazzo.(...)
Our renovation project and my blog are mentioned today in New York Times.com in the Real Estate - Great Homes and Destination Section along with other expatriate blogger.
The article "Expatriate Bloggers Chronicle Details of Home Renovations" can also be found in today's print edition of the International Herald Tribune (Friday, May 4, 2012).
It is very true that this blog helped me to communicate with readers and other blogger on interior design, and to find inspiration online. Thanks for all your support !
My blog even became a "communication tool" to discuss our renovation project online with Angelo, my father in law. While he was most of the time on the construction site, we were, most of the time, thousand of miles away. Editors always cut some parts, so I am adding this here.
Since the Skype interview for this story was over a year ago, I am really excited to finally hold in hands the printed story in today's International Herald Tribune, and - wow! - how amazing to have a back link from the New York Times!
Welcome to all new readers of New York Times and IHT who are visiting this blog today!
And thanks for the mention of Palazzo Pizzo.
Live like an Italian and stay at one of our three newly renovated mediterranean style apartments: Palazzo Pizzo Residence, Dependence delle Grazie and Studio Bellavista.
They are spread across two houses in the centro storico of Pizzo Calabro (VV) in the South of Italy - between Amalfi and Sicily - with stunning sea and sunset views, just a few meters from the lively main square with a good choice of bars, shops and restaurants.
In 2006, I started blogging about renovating and decorating "Palazzo Pizzo". Today, it's about random observations on live in Italy and other things on my mind while being busy to ensure that our guest have a unique holiday experience in Pizzo. Welcome!