Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Respecting The Past









An Italian interior that embodies so much beautyyou just can't help but stare.

The details are mesmerizing...a perfect combination of past craftsmanship and artistry, combined with carefully chosen, modern pieces of a smart nature. I love how the ornate and refined walls, ceilings and doors, perfectly envelope the spaces. It's no wonder the owners took the more simplistic approach in furnishing their spaceI feel that much more detail would have been too much!

I believe that even the exquisite hanging chandeliers are original to the homeisn't that one in the kitchen majestic? I also really enjoy the large mirror that reflects the gentle, natural light, and helps to make the space feel much more open and spacious. (I am definitely going to do this one day) Even the clean, simplistic faucet is perfect. Don't you find the feeling of this place to be so rich and warm?...the organic arrangements, tousled throws, and drapey, crinkled linens, remind us that the look of a space is just as important as the ease of living. Can you imagine walking through here, or for that matter, living here?

(images scanned via Côte Sud FevMars'08 /photos by Nicolas Mathéus)

33 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah
    These images are just gorgeous and prove dark can be good!! hah
    You know many years ago I stayed in an Italian Villa in Firenze ..something like this but undergoing renovation.. It was a nightmare.. haha but you could see the 'good bones'.. I'm sure it would be spectacular now! Have a great week xx Julie

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  2. The chandeliers ARE exquisite! I love the details ~ gorgeous!
    Paula Grace ~

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  3. Love the painting in the 4th picture.

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  4. The Chandelier and the room in the fourth picture is just divine..kind of reminds me of French interiors..like the laduree cafe!

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  5. I love these photos! The one with the chandelier in the kitchen is one of my favourite shots! Im so glad you posted it... lovely as always Sarah!

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  6. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Period. I posted some of these images some time ago, but have not seen them all in their glorious splendor. Thank you, thank you for sharing these. Amazing!!!

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  7. This home feels grand in epic proportions! The kitchen is amazing: the mirror in front of the sink is fabulous and the chandlier is divine.

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  8. It's so beautiful, love the bread tin. Great post :)

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  9. Beautiful with a capital B. But I can also see how badly a Saarinen table needs to move into my house. A classic. A tommorow's antique. Happy rest of the week, dear! xx Mon

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  10. Julie -- what an exciting time you must have had!

    TF -- that's very true. That beautiful green and ornate details are very much Ladurée!

    Mon -- yes! Most definitely...

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  11. Gorgeous kitchen! I loved the chandelier!

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  12. posted and credited your photo on the blog!
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  13. To live in such spaces....how beautiful..

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  14. Stunning. I love how modern furniture is paired with the ornate interiors -- it just feels so much more liveable that way, don't you think?

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  15. fresco painting is so beautiful...and so european...love these photos...I would move into this house in an instant!

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  16. I totally agree, Averill. It just works so well...

    Jacquelyn -- of course you know what the official name of that style of painting is -- that doesn't surprise me in the least! :)

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  17. Very dark + rich looking. I love the mid-century modern juxtaposed with older antiques.

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  18. That chandelier is breathtaking.

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  19. Love these photos and I have such a weakness for Saarinen tables...yes, I could definitely picture living there :) heavenly!

    xo Mary Jo

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  20. Sarah,
    What a gorgeous pictures! I love the combination of the interiors of the past with modern art and furniture! Well, these pictures are a very good illustration of that!
    Have a nice weekend!
    xx
    Greet

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  21. oh Sarah! this home is SO gorgeous. I adore the mix of modern and old.
    thank you SO much for your sweet words yesterday. you made my day!
    have a lovely weekend! I'll try to have it too! :) xo

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  22. Hello, I found your site via A Gift Wrapped Life. Wonderful!

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  23. I love this post, the chandelier, the dark wood and cherub stencils even the old bread box. I love that your blog is getting the attention it deserves because you give back~
    Hugs and Happy Weekend to you,
    Gina

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  24. Hello Sarah! I am finally back from a work-related trip and am enthralled to revisit your site after such a long absence... love every single post since I last visited and looking forward to rekindling our comment exchanges... p.s. I am so jealous of, yet happy that you are able experience the Olympics... Go Canada Go! And I loved your anniversary post, so romantically written. Congratulations on your 5th!

    All the very best,

    Linda

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  25. Thank you so much, Linda!

    I'm thrilled that you're back, safe and sound, and can't wait to visit your blog + chat :)

    xoxo

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  26. Such a classic look, definitely has Italian Renaissance charm :)


    Marta

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  27. Aged to perfection. One day.....

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  28. P.S. Thanks for your comments and visits! x

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  29. Am so in love with that kitchen as well: the chandelier dripping from the ceiling, the mirror so casually propped up against the wall -- beautiful!!

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  30. So gorgeous...thank you. I'd love to snatch a piece of any of these room (esp. aqua and pink), frame it and hang it in my living room. Merci, Trish

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