International Herald Tribune: Expatriate Bloggers Chronicle Details of Home Renovation

Writers' tales seem to impress audience with their exotic setting
by Roxana Popescu

- the paper edition -

Our renovation and PalazzoPizzo was featured in International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times! (I blogged about it here). The story about several home renovations (half page) was published in the Properties Section on Friday, May 4, 2012.
Here the extract about Palazzo Pizzo:

- extract of the article -

You can read the full story online at Additionally to the online version, the printed paper edition of the IHT features a "renovation blogroll" with some more expat bloggers who write about their renovation projects in Europe: 

The Herald Tribune's blurb says: The Crosetto family renovating a palazzo in Calabria, Italy. Lots of photographs and a detailed description of structural and aesthetic decision making.
(May 4, 2012)

My post about hardwood flooring - when I asked the readers to make suggestions - was mentioned in the story and can be found on this blog here:
source: photo and scans by me / Palazzo Pizzo

New York Times: Expatriate Bloggers Chronicle Details of Home Renovations

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

Roxana Popescu

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!

Our Renovation Project in The New York Times !

(...) 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  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.