Elena Del Bucchia
A few tidbits about Elena and what makes her tick
I credit my upbringing in Russia, the US and later Canada for my unique style and love of colour, history and design. Exposure to rich cultures and antiques allowed me from an early age to be practical but also to value well-designed surroundings. I would say my style is functional, whimsical, modern but classic.
What Makes a House a Home?
People that live in it - the story and personality that they bring, along with well thought-out and functional aspects.
Green. I find it works with every mood and no matter what, brings with it the comfort and tranquility of being outside. My go-to for walls is ‘Cloud White’ by BM - it’s a simple, warm white that goes with everything.
Best Tip for Selecting Art?
Art is very personal. For me, it is important to feel a positive personal connection to the piece, one that will not go away easily. I have a rule of walking away from a piece that I like - if I feel strongly about it in a few days, it’s a keeper.
I love the smell of lilacs, it reminds me of my childhood at our cottage in Russia. I also love Jo Malone, London – Wood Sage & Sea Salt.
I love travelling and every trip means something special to me. I would say one of the most adventurous trips I have been on was to the Philippines. I even found a suitcase big enough to bring a chair back with us! Disneyland has been a memorable one because of my kids - they don’t lie when they say it’s the happiest place on earth! Next on our list are Portugal and Russia (even though I was born in Russia, I have never been to Saint Petersburg).
Dream Dinner Guests?
Adam Sandler because he would make us laugh. Coco Chanel because she didn’t take “No” for an answer and I love her phrase, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”. Elton John because even in his 70s he can perform like no other. Last but not least my late grandma, as she always had crazy stories to tell and set a perfect dinner spread for her guests, not to mention she inspired me to be creative.
Best Thing to do Outdoors?
Eating, riding a bike and gardening.
Favourite Time of the Year?
Springtime. Days get longer, everything comes to life and blooms, birds are chirping, and there is a feeling of fresh beginnings hanging in the air.
How do you Relax?
I am not very good at it! I know how to be busy best. I would say yoga, weeding in our garden and cleaning are my best approaches to relaxing.
Motto to Live By?
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars” - unknown