Yesterday my dear friend Sarah sent over this image of a design school in Florence after discussing how important an inspiring workplace is to create your best work. I can certainly image feeling inspired here with the intricate millwork, beautiful mural ceiling, and large, sun-filled windows. But what caught my attention most was the terra cotta floor.
To me, terra cotta is synonymous with Italy and evokes fond memories of living under the warm, Roman sun. Used indoors, like in this kitchen (an all time favorite) by Vicente Wolf, it's quite a chilly material as it doesn't absorb the cold the way wood or carpet does. But that's ok, because when in Italy, you're warmed by the comforting sun. I believe that's why I love these images so much - because to use terra cotta is to know that you are somewhere lost in a warm, Mediterranean dream...or so it makes you feel.