Inspiration No. 007: Tuscan Holiday

Growing up in an Italian family, one side from the North and the other from the South, I had the best of both worlds.  I am the only one in my family that hasn’t been to the motherland but it is on a long list of things to do before I die.

There is something romantic about the Italian countryside.  Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. The region covers just short of 9000 square miles and approximately four million people inhabit it. I was drawn to this week’s image because it reminds me of the beautiful villas found in Tuscany.

This week’s board predominately features case goods. Notice the use of detail on all of the pieces.  From the large hand-carved pedestals of the dining table (top middle) to the more contemporary glass panels of the credenza (bottom) all of them work in harmony to create the romance of the region.


I choose dining room chairs with leather seats for practicality and a smart textile on the backs to add style and comfort.


I love, love, love the chandelier in this design. It is a piece of art. The oversized scale is perfect with the weight of the table and chairs.

I have chosen three different wall coverings that could be mixed and matched in the design. The print would be stunning as an inset behind the large mirror in the top photograph.

The area rug (bottom left) would serve as a perfect place for the dining table to land. Notice how I have used the rug as a vehicle to introduce grey into the palette. If this were an actual project I would use a companion rug that would play heavier on the grey.


The large scale oil takes us to the shore and continues the theme of a Tuscan Holiday. Framed in a contemporary gold frame, the rich monochromatic tones in this piece makes it the perfect focal point. I placed it above the credenza but it could as easily found a home on an exposed brick or venetian plaster wall.

As always I have included a series of paint colors. Some safer than others, but all interesting. Take some time to visualize and let me know which is your favorite.

Regardless of where you call home, let your surroundings rise up and Live in the Picture.

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Comments 2

  1. Love the Old World charm. Beautifully designed elements.

  2. Thanks Linda, wait til see whats coming next!

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