Life & Style

Martina Mondadori

Founder and Editor in Chief of Cabana magazine, Martina Mondadori has an impeccable eye for making your home brilliant and beautiful. Discover Martina's tablescaping tips, the films to watch and how she spends time with her family whilst staying home.


In The Kitchen

I have rediscovered cooking and baking and have been strictly following the recipe book my mum and grandmother always used when I was a little girl: Il Talismano della Felicità.


I have been playing around with all the Cabana tabletop pieces I have at home, mixing and matching and finding new ways to play with the various collections. Layering and dressing a table has become for me a real passion and sometimes I find myself laying it even without an occasion. I call it day-to-day decorating.


I have been re-reading my favourite book as a teenager, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Quite apt one would say and I love the interiors descriptions of the houses in Cartagena.


Image: Johanna Ortiz's Home in Cartagena / Elle Decor

Keeping Busy

Lockdown has been my moment of overcoming video-shyness. We have launched a series of live conversations on the @cabanamagazine Instagram channel called “At Home with Cabana”. The calendar now has three a week which keeps me busy preparing for all of them. It’s been a great way to stay in touch with members of the #bigcabanafamily.


I have been watching old movies, focusing on the ones with great interiors. Out of Africa, The Leopard, The Duchess and the King’s Speech to name a few. Also, lockdown is a perfect time to watch a very long TV series and so I plunged into Mad Men. So good.



Beauty Must

I ordered quite a few Sisley products at the beginning of lockdown. My favourite one is the Black Rose cream.

Family Time

Lots of Trivial Pursuit games with my 2 older kids and the @misspilitc Instagram account for great activities to do with my 3 year old daughter, Cosima.


Shopping for my daughter on Imarmottini and Estelle Milano, two new kids brands founded by Italian friends.