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Made For Living


Check out these magnificent rooms in Italian homes—these spaces were made for living la dolce vita, From AD

Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed the interiors of this restored medieval castle in Umbria. The great hall features 18th-century French armchairs upholstered in appliquéd leather, a table draped in a Coraggio fabric, and stools from Mecox; the mantel is from an Italian monastery, and the tapestry is 17th-century Flemish.

In the library of Count Raniero Gnoli’s apartment near Rome, scalloped strips of hand-decorated leather protect books from dust. He designed the glass-and-iron bell-jar lantern and had it handmade in India; a late-18th-century Italian armchair is pulled up to the 19th-century walnut table.

“Our objective was to restore the property to its original splendor,” Susie Ropolo says of a run-down country estate in Moncalieri that she and her husband, Gianni, revived. The terra-cotta floor was salvaged from another room.

In a restored farmhouse at the western edge of Umbria, the arch between the living room and the entrance hall was re-created from the original structure.

Studio Peregalli transformed Villa Bucciol, a home in the town of Oderzo, near Venice. Facing the living room’s 16th-century fireplace are a pair of armchairs dressed in arras tapestry; a 17th-century gilt-wood chandelier hangs above, and an antique Oushak covers the floor.

At Castello di Reschio, architect Benedikt Bolza and his wife Nencia’s sprawling Umbrian estate, the garden room is distinguished by original limed-oak beams and a mantelpiece crafted from reclaimed sandstone.



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