We had the good fortune of connecting with Teri Baron and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Teri, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve been fascinated by interior design since a very early age. My nonna collected the most exquisite pieces. I rebranded businesses and been a partner/buyer but knew that
I wanted to share my own concept and lifestyle approach while incorporating my ideas of “recycling” what already existed on earth. Including my love for animals and my 501(c)(3) dog rescue, Henry’s Hope Foundation.
I wanted to highlight the fundamental idea that we can choose something pre-loved in our lives with vintage objects and discarded pets. A percentage of the profit goes into the animal rescue.

What should our readers know about your business?
And Sometimes Y is all about the unique pieces that allow one to express themselves in the way they live in their own space. There’s nothing mass produced or poor quality in the treasures I hand pick. Every item has a personality and has survived decades. There is some romance in that. We don’t need an excess of “stuff”, just what has a function yet makes us feel good.
Life is so much easier when we travel and only bring with us our essentials and favorite pieces. Imagine living like that every day. Surrounded by special pieces. It’s relaxing. We should always live like that. A-E-I-O-U is the norm. This is all about the Y! .

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friend would come to my medieval home in Panicale, Italy, of course! We would wake up to a plush rug on our feet and sip our cappuccini in vintage Ginori cups at my 1970s Romeo Rega brass and glass table. We would dress with purpose and drive through the winding country roads hitting the flea markets in other Umbrian and Tuscan borgo. Lunch would be simple and fresh. Perhaps some bruschetta with tartufo and a glass of local wine.
We would visit the little villages and stop in local shops scouring for unique and useful pieces.
Perhaps spend a day at the local terme relaxing and getting massages. Wearing the best natural cotton robes and slippers.
We would mingle with the locals, in Italian, of course! Asking for recommendations and wholeheartedly listening to what they have to say. Italians are warm and open people. Plus they always know where to get the best of the best everything!
The Italian bar is the center of ones life. From early morning caffè e cornetti to an afternoon Aperol Spritz and spuntini.
The evenings would be spent dining al fresco in the piazza with live music. Maybe watching a film outdoors under the moonlight. That’s my definition of La bella vita!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huge kudos to my Nonna Helen, who was my inspiration along with the Mid-Century Masters, Gio Ponti and Eero Saarinen.

Website: Www.andsometimesyla.com

Instagram: AndsometimesYla.Italy

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