5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like an Italian Villa
After visiting the breathtaking Villa Ardore in Tuscany for our latest print issue's destination feature (now in stores!), I came home wanting to bring that same sophistication that owners Christian and Stephen so beautifully integrated into their refurbished 500-year-old farmhouse.
I tapped founder Vith Thiru of Siena Home, an London-based furniture company that draws inspiration from the enchanting city of Siena in the heart of Italy, to share tips of how to transform your home into a haven of sophistication.
Tip #1: Timeless Elegance with Classic Pieces Thiru recommends investing in classic furniture pieces that will stand the test of time. “Invest in classic furniture pieces that stand the test of time. “Timeless designs in materials like leather, marble, or solid wood add a touch of refinement to any room.” Faina Dining Table, $11,202
Tip #2: Statement Lighting Lighting is a great opportunity to integrate your personality into the design. Illuminate your space with statement chandeliers or pendant lights. “Opt for fixtures that not only provide ample light but also serve as exquisite art pieces, elevating the overall aesthetic,” suggests Thiru. Amira Pendant, $768
Tip #3: Customized Furnishings Thiru also recommends adding your own touch through bespoke furniture. “Tailor pieces to fit your style and preferences, ensuring a unique and exclusive touch that reflects your personality.” Juliana Sofa, $4,989
Tip #4: Luxurious Fabrics and Textures One element I noticed while visiting Villa Ardore was that they incorporated many textures into the space. Whether it's wood, velvet, wool … mixing and matching different textures is visually appealing. “Integrate plush fabrics such as velvet and silk into your upholstery and drapery,” adds Thiru. “These textures not only exude luxury but also add a tactile element, making your space inviting and comfortable.” Juliana Sofa, $4,989
Tip #5: Art as a Focal Point Invest in statement artwork to serve as a focal point in each room. Whether it's a painting, sculpture, or installation, art can bring character and exclusivity to your home. Cleo Painting, $2,661
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