Monday, March 8, 2010

Design Find: Classical Epiphany

A couple bought the deconsecrated church and an adjacent apartment in La Convertoie, a fortress in Italy’s Chianti region that dates to the 11th century, and asked Siena architect Marco Vidotto and Vero Beach, Florida, designer Susan Schuyler Smith to fuse them into a single residence.


The nave—now the living room—was restored to reflect its original design. The 16th-century oil depicts Christ’s presentation at the temple.


The dining room, with its original beams, previously served as a loggia connecting the apartment to the church. Lounge chair fabric, Kravet.


Smith installed the center island and cabinetry in the kitchen. The mid-19th-century fireplace “was kept as the focal point,” says the designer.


In the terrace garden, Chianti-based landscape architect Nancy Leszczynski planted Italian sage, rosemary, a pomegranate tree and assorted other flora.



Source: Architectural Digest

6 comments:

cityfarmer said...

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speechless ...

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, Gypsy. What an incredible place! Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Enitram said...

Toscan country is a very beautiful place, and I love the houses. This one is a really success!

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I think that this is my dream home. How beautiful and in such a wonderful region of Italy. XXXX

Alaine said...

I'm drooling!

Masy said...

Oh !! What a beautiful place....!

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