For anyone who has ever dreamed of living under the Tuscan sun, Italian Rustic is the next best thing - a step-by-step guide to recreating the romance and appeal of the weathered Italian farmhouse. This nuts-and-bolts guide to building Italian-style walks the reader through all the elements that make the rustic Italian home so unique, from the hand-laid stone walls to the artisanal stucco wall finishes.
My husband, and I received dozens of questions from readers after publishing my last book, Restoring a Home in Italy. The queries went beyond the usual searches for fabric and couches. People were hungry to know how terra-cotta tiles were laid, or how fireplaces were built. Together with my husband Domenico Minchilli, an Italian architect, I created a user-friendly book that explains, in clear text accompanied by photographs and drawings, how to lay a tile floor a la italiana, or add a Tuscan-style pergola to any garden. (Artisan 2009) BUY ITALIAN RUSTIC
This breathtakingly photographed volume offers an inside, and outside, look at twenty-two lovingly restored homes. Owners, architects and designers share their anecdotes about their experiences with local artisans, vendors, and bureaucracy, while offering real-world advice on the tactics of restoring a house in a foreign country.
Whether the plan is to embark on a complete redesign, begin a renovation, or just move in and let the house evolve on its own, home owners and dreamers alike will value the information and thrill to the dream of Restoring a Home in Italy. This book is at once lush and and beautiful, and invaluably practical.(Artisan 2009) BUY RESTORING A HOME IN ITALY
Tuscany’s hill towns and countryside have enthralled inhabitants and visitors for centuries: the golden light in the afternoons, the grape arbors, and the rolling hills dotted with farmhouses and villas. Private Tuscany invites you into these homes, giving a glimpse of how life is lived in this warm, inviting place.
The homes featured in this volume are as enchanting as the Tuscan towns and hillsides they are built on. Wood-beamed kitchens, terra-cotta tile floors, massive stone hearths and frescoed walls are all the elements that entrance and charm. From simple farmhouses to grand villas and palaces. Whether it is the mottled terra-cotta tiled roofs, gardens fragrant with herbs, or dinner alfresco, the spirit of living in Tuscany is alive in these pages.(Rizzoli 1999) BUY PRIVATE TUSCANY
The first and only comprehensive book to celebrate the design and evolution of the extraordinary art form of glazed ceramics from the Umbrian town of Deruta. The book is exquisitely illustrated with over 150 colorful photographs of coveted "majolica." The book dramatically portrays the splendors of this living tradition. We see the finest examples of Deruta tableware and tile work as well as garden decorations, facades, altars, and architectural details. While some pieces are highly collectible, others are inexpensive and perfect for everyday use. Deruta also includes profiles of the artisans' studios and a gallery of their work, as well as evocative black-and-white photos of the hill town they call home. With a history of the craft—an artistic heritage more than six centuries old—this singular volume is a must—have for collectors and for anyone inspired by Deruta ceramics, decorative art pieces that evoke the spirit of the Italian countryside. (Chronicle Publishers, 1998) BUY DERUTA
Behind the heroic, historic facades of Rome lies an intimate world that is rarely seen by outsiders. Private Rome offers a colorful insider's view of the city's vibrant inner sanctums. Here are studios of artists and designers; classical, baroque, and modern apartments; extravagant villas and palazzi; the homes of leading art collectors; and gardens. For everyone enchanted by the ancient aura, the venerable architecture, and the legendary life of the Eternal city, Private Rome reveals the personal style of those who are privileged to live there. (Rizzoli 1998) BUY PRIVATE ROME
The jewel–like lakes of northern Italy—Orta, Maggiore, Como, and Garda—have drawn visitors for thousands of years, and their beauty has been the inspiration for countless artists, musicians, writers, and poets. While visitors still flock to experience the magic of the lakes, there are those who have chosen to sink deeper roots, building dreamlike villas along the water’s edge. In 200 color photographs, Villas on the Italian Lakes beautifully reveals some of the most remarkable of these. From crenellated castles to artists’ abodes, the reader will explore private homes dating from the late Renaissance to the 20th century. A splendid book for travelers, Italophiles, and anyone with a love of architecture and interior design. (Scriptum, 2003) BUY VILLAS ON THE ITALIAN LAKES