A whitewashed and woody Italian retreat

30 Jul

I’m suffering from a serious bout of Olympic fever here in London and am almost delirious with excitement, but if you’ve already had enough and are looking to escape I have the perfect spot for you.

This old mill belongs to Katrin Arens who designs and makes rustic furniture from reclaimed wood. It’s set in the Lombardy region of Italy, right in the north where it borders Switzerland. It’s not an area I knew anything about, but one look at this website and it’s now firmly on my ‘to go’ list – rolling hills, thermal waters and lowland rice fields producing the main ingredient for the region’s speciality saffron risotto… si grazie!

Given her job, it’s hardly surprising that Katrin made lots of the furniture in the house herself. If her style is your thing you should definitely check out her shop, where she sells lovely handcrafted, natural homewares.

I love the tiny flash of yellow in the picture on top of the wardrobe in this otherwise white/wood room. And I’m sure I’d sleep like a baby every night in the room below knowing I could throw open the window and start the morning with breakfast at the little table.

{via The Style Files}

You know what, this house might just have wrestled away the award of my dream home from this Cornish cottage – I can absolutely see myself living here. Forever!

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5 Responses to “A whitewashed and woody Italian retreat”

  1. A. Wendy August 20, 2012 at 23:08 #

    With my godaughter who is interested in interior design, architecture etc,,,,so thought we’d look you up!!!!! Both verily impressed with it all, and both now want to run away to this house and live the dream!!!!!!!!! A. WendyXX

  2. Michelle July 30, 2012 at 13:34 #

    Oh my goodness – a dream home for me too! We might have to fight over it.

  3. Mrs. Sutton (Paula) July 30, 2012 at 13:29 #

    Oh this is absolutely gorgeous! I could certainly imagine myself whiling away the hours here – it looks so cool, calm and serene – perfect for those hot mediterranean sun filled days. Off to check out the cottage now too. Just found you via twitter – a beautiful blog!
    Paula x

    • Decorator's Notebook July 30, 2012 at 14:03 #

      Thanks Paula – this really is such a dream house. Lovely to hear you’ve found my blog – hope you’ll visit again!

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