Here we are in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. There are lots of events here, but usually I visit the city in November during wintertime, mainly for the Artissima art fair that summons thousands of art enthusiasts at the Oval Lingotto, the modern structure built to host important happenings.
But once you are out in the city centre, walking around to see and visit the attractions, monuments and museums, take a peek at the stylish herbalist shop called Melissa Erboristeria, just 65 footsteps far from the Mole Antonelliana. This is a charming place with a distinctive feature within is old-fashioned furnishings. Indeed, Melissa, the charismatic red hair owner, introduces a vintage and elegant living room with adorable pink confetti and pastel–coloured candy sweets. It is the perfect place to relax, meditate and dream and wonder in.
So, let's start to analyse the designs and refined style that makes Melissa an iconic influencer on her job.
• The Salotto: the living room is separated from the counter area by two arches made of bricks and a heater. In front of this space, there is a huge window facing the street, so you can wave at people glancing in through the glass, arousing their curiosity too. The setting is composed with a velvet burgundy sofa, complemented by silver and gold cushions and a raw wooden small table with confetti and candies of delicate colours put on lovely stands. On the left of the couch, the shabby-chic brown leather armchair defines the ultimate décor touch. A note of exquisiteness is added to the armchair with a blanket in orange and green stripes.
• Cabinets: the cupboards truly outline the shop's atmosphere. The one just adjacent to the open space is a giant wood structure covering the seventies green and gold flowery wallpaper. Medium and large size glass jars contain dried leaves of different plants and flowers. Behind one of the door, a collection of teapots, cups and tea trays find its perfect place.
Moving on, at the back of the sofa, white benches are full of cups, skin and hair products and unique tea in boxes. Next to them, green brackets are stacked with delicious plastic small sacks of teas. A second classy cupboard delights the view in front of the lounger, particularly because of the lilac and pink packages that highlight the sugary and relaxing aspect of the shop. There are books too, if anyone wants to get lost in words and the smell of paper. In a more hidden corner, there it is the classic immaculate granny's sideboard: white hue, two levels of storage, wavy design on the doors, filled up with varieties of teas, chubby pots, and family toys everywhere – just notice the jigsaw puzzle and the globe at the sides and the red and white horses on top. How charming is that! Next to it, additional shelves host vivid packs of traditional biscuits, chocolates and bonbons. The room is still large enough to house extra books as well.
• Small tables and extra stools: those details perfectly convey the allure of the venue. Extra desks and old suitcases and trunks are used as containers for natural soaps, antique ceramics teapots, fine chocolates (some with rose sugar crystal) and biscuits bundles painted in watery and pink tints, as well as cans covered with different patterned and designed fabrics presenting black and gold geometries, blue, pinks and dusky mixes and matches. Likewise, red chairs support wooden cases storing sweet pebbles and mints, while other seats become shelters for elegant journals, moka pots, hydrangeas and fashionable hats. Moreover, caps hung on walls and mirrors are spread in the place, just like cages, old gowns, supplementary teapots on top of armchairs and blankets around.
• Makeup corner: Melissa focuses her mission on the awareness of vegetal and natural products, from skincare to make-up world. Thus, she has organised a makeup corner where customers can try cosmetics on. There is plenty of supply to choose from in this dedicated angle. If one is allergic to chemical products, this might be a good solution to make your skin breath again.
• The counter shelf: the explosion of the multi-coloured products does not end in the shopping area. In fact, at the counter, located beyond the two bricked arches, trays and stalls full of sugary fruit candies, vitamins and gadgets for hair.