February 25, 2018
We at Arte di Vita Interiors recently got the opportunity to take on the first floor of the village church’s former rectory in the Tuscan hamlet where our B&B is also located. A few years ago the rectory was renovated and they created two apartments inside, one upstairs and one downstairs. The upstairs apartment had been unoccupied for a while. During our first viewing, we were flabbergasted when we saw the old frescoes in the sitting room. We were told they had been painted in the 40s! You could say that it was love at first sight. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty and bring out the best in this beautiful apartment.
The sitting room leads to two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. One of the beautiful things is that every room opens out into that frescoed sitting room. We painted the walls in the bedrooms and kitchen with our chalk paint nr 2 ‘White Moustache’. Of course we didn’t touch the walls in the sitting room! The frescoes give the room a very classic Italian atmosphere, so we decided to keep that intact by choosing natural furniture in neutral colours. The sofa and chairs are by sofa.com and the sidetable and cupboard and most of the lamps and accessories are by Hoffz Interior. We made the cushions from our fabric ‘Byron’ in the colour Rosedust.
For the curtains in the master bedroom we used our fabric ‘Byron’ in the colour Midnight blue. For the curtains in the bedroom with the twin beds and the kitchen we used our fabric ‘Summerbreeze’ in the colour Ivory (100 % linen). For the beds we used our linen fabric ‘Garda Natural’.
Our biggest project was the kitchen. We decided to design and build a bespoke kitchen. Our founder, Alexandra, and one other team member designed it and our team member who is a draftsman made the drawings. Another team member who is our handyman built it with his own hands. We found a local wood supplier (in Tuscany) where we were able to purchase some beautiful old oak. The design is inspired by rustic Italian country kitchens with as little closed cupboards as possible for that open look and to be able to display beautiful ceramics (Emma Bridgewater) and other kitchen utensils that don’t necessarily need to be behind closed doors. It’s a very practical kitchen made from natural materials, and perfect for food lovers and those who enjoy cooking. The sink and the tiles are beautiful local Tuscan unpolished marble. The top shelving units are by Hoffz Interior but we adjusted them slightly.
‘The Rectory’ is now a wonderful self-catering holiday apartment for people looking for a foodie, slow holiday! For more information, also about how to book, take a look at our recently improved website: artedivita.eu
We’re also really happy to announce that from now on it’s possible to order a bespoke kitchen like this from us! More information can be found here.