Hand-painted Delft tiles

The loose un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

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Waverly Bella Tuscany Wovens: Alto-Stripe 54" Wid

5 different color
patterns to choose from!

Waverly Bella Tuscany Wovens:
 Alto-Stripe 54" Wide

The essence of the Tuscan lifestyle has been captured with this collection of wovens in a sun drenched color palette that emphasizes rich reds and terra cottas warm golden hues earthy olive greens and a blue that mirrors the Mediterranean. Striking textural effects and special weaving techniques are hallmarks of this collection complete with a mix of rustic country charm and old world elegance.


 

 
 

 

Simulated fresco
discover the creative process behind developing commissioned murals.


objects create simplicity and comfort


colorful painted tiles create wonderful fountains

Rich floral and damask patterns


The Tuscan sun 
warms the interiors

 
 
 
 



The northern Italian region of Tuscany offers visitors an overwhelming experience for the senses, with the sounds of its music, the smells of its cooking and the visual richness of its distinctive style.

"One need never to go into a museum in Florence," wrote Brian Storts, "for that fair city is a feast to the eyes. It is like walking into history itself." Florence and its surrounding towns-Sienna, Montepucciano, Pisa, Arrezo-are situated in the heart of Tuscany’s rolling hills. The Tuscan landscape is flecked with Terra-cotta rooftops and cypress trees, and by the soft, sun-drenched hues of local marble and clay.

Tuscan style evolved through layers of history, taking cues from the earliest Etruscan metal craft and pottery, and of course, from the sumptuous world of the Italian Renaissance. In Tuscany one finds frescoes, cracked and worn by time, still vibrant with original pigment, depicting ancient deities and the decadence of the late Roman empire. Mosaic tiles, wrought iron gates and portals, distinctive bridges and architecture all reinforce the unique Tuscan identity, a particular expression of the Italian soul. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, and Cimabue all contributed to Tuscan splendor. It’s no wonder Tuscany plays a substantial role in Italian culture and identity.

Elements of Style

Tuscan rooms typically are beautifully proportioned on classical lines. Ceiling height, the size and scale of such features as the fireplace, windows and doors--as well as the furniture--all play an important role in creating balance and harmony within the room.

Walls: The wall treatments of the Italian home act as support for the rest of the interior. One sees wall painting, from Frescoes to murals, beginning in the earliest days of Italian culture. Plaster walls, stucco-lustro and marmorino walls all evoke the classic Italian feeling. Use of Tapestries, gold leaf and ornate detailing such as plaster moldings all helped to define the interior, often bringing historical context and stylistic vigor to the home.

Objects: Painted tiles, colorful plates and Marino glass from Venice, fall naturally within the Tuscan aesthetic. Wrought iron objects such as sconces and candle holders support the mix of earthen materials found within the home. Metal, stone, fabric, and plaster walls all combine to create this natural Italian style.

Ceilings: Classic clouds with cherubs or putti playfully suspended above our heads quickly come to mind as Italian style. Old wood beams would evoke a rustic look, while stenciled borders and vaulted or paneled ceilings create an architectural framework uniquely expressive of this style.

Floors: Terre-cotta tiles, glazed ceramic and marble inlay in intricate patterns are a few examples of the Italian sensitivity to design that carry through from ceiling and walls to the floors. Different types of marble create a color palette that defines the exquisite floors of The Duomo in Florence. Raw Sienne, umbers, rose pink, yellows and the pure white marbles from Carrara, above Pisa, all become the tools of the skilled craftsmen and artists. Pale travertine is often still used in homes and stores. Terrazzo floors, made from marble chips ground with crushed stone and stucco, polished to a smooth surface create new and diverse patterns to experiment with.  Mosaic work, often of glass, stone or tile adds flare and energy.
And of course, the wooden floor can be left plain or adorned with Persian rugs—which were originally imported by Venetian and Genoese merchants in medieval times.

Fabrics: Silks, velvets and hand woven brocades fill the home on furnishings, curtains and bedding. Lacework and linens add a bit more texture to the environment and rich damask patterns, tone on tone, are used effectively in all rooms.


 

Cherry Wardrobe Cabinet
Large 4 door armoire
done in a beautiful Sienna Chestnut finish, from the "Hilo" Collection.
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Furniture: Furniture varies greatly. From rustic, folk pieces to the classic veneered and hand painted items. Inlay and gilt details all support the rich visual texture of the interior environment.

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Italian Style

Italian Style

 

Explore the evolution of Italian style from many decorative influences spanning centuries of art and design: the balance and symmetry of Roman architecture; the flamboyance and opulence of grand Renaissance decoration; and the use of earthy colors such as Naples Yellow and Tuscan Red.

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Gilding Feature!

Silver leafing made easy.
Transform everyday objects into heirlooms. The process known as gilding simply means the application of gold or silver leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with an adhesive known as 'gold size'.
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