July 16, 2009

Dreaming of Summers in Siena

It has always been my dream to buy an old, abandoned Tuscan villa and resuscitate it back to its original magic and glory. I'd enjoy every moment of discovering the home's quirks and history, shopping for antique pieces to suit the space, and the fulfillment of slowing watching it come back to life! That is exactly what these home owners did and why I am drooling with envy over their gorgeous estate just outside of Siena in Italy.
I love this palette of blue, red, brown, black and white. Something about it is both contemporary and old equestrian - perfect for the famous Palio horse races that in Siena each year.
I'd love to be able to put my makeup on in the mornings at this boudoir and watch the landscape outside the window to my left. What a soothing place to start the morning! And then at night, wind down with a bath in this 19th century tub under the low glow of this chandelier of the same period.
I think I could get a little work done at this desk while being inspired and consumed by the gorgeous mural of pastoral scenes in Tuscany.

I adore the flood of Tuscan sun drenching this room! The soothing palette of pastel blue, beige, and red don't overpower the beautiful details of this room - the arched window, the terracotta tiled floors, the high ceilings - but let the space speak for itself!

And then at the end of the day, when all is said and done, I'd come out to this veranda and watch the sunset on this twenties style sofa with a glass of vino in hand!


Anonymous said...

I was just in Tuscany, and this post makes me want to go back and live there!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

@anonymous: Oh my gosh I know! I absolutely love Tuscany! It really is magical!

Anonymous said...

I've never been to Tuscany, but this post seriously makes me want to MOVE there! This house is just beautiful! I love the striped rug, the old bathtub, the green chandelier, the mural, the red and white chairs...everything!


It's all about the atmospheric wash of light... I can smell the field of sunflowers from here.

Molly said...

so pretty...if you like this look you might love the book, Tuscany Interiors...so fabulous!

Sarah Klassen said...

I love this place and am so glad you shared! The curtains are fabulous and I love how they mimic those around the counter in the next room. I miss the feel of such flooring beneath my feet - it's so old and so beautiful. The walls drive me crazy - they are so imperfectly perfect. Okay, let's go!

TheBeautyFile said...

Amazing!! Reminds me of that great movie with Diane Lane, Under the Tuscan Sun...I really want to visit there!!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

What a sensational blog you have!!! Beautiful writing, beautiful photos and a beautiful mind!!! I'm sooo with you on wanting to move to Tuscany!

Pensieri sparsi said...

I have a nice mash up regarding Siena.Check it out


There are nice picture even if I can say that yours one are really peculiar!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Thanks girls! Wouldn't it be nice if we could all just go and stay in this house together?

Oh and TheBeautyFile, I LOVE that movie and the book is even better!

Molly Jean, I will have to check that book out! Thanks!

Alicia said...

I think everyone drems of abandoning life for that seemingly carefree life of a villa, chateau or cottage & live off the grid of Blackberrys, iPhones, etc. My choice is Tuscan too.
The book is suberb: the movie was
a woman looking for love, the book was about a woman, a house & herself. It actually peeved me that Hollywood changed it.

Anonymous said...

Ok, last comment of the day, really :-)... I love these Italy pix... the colors, the vibe, everything! If you are a reader, try "After Hannibal"--it's a novel about renovating homes in Umbria, but far more comic than "Under the Tuscan Sun"

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