There are so many gorgeous places to stay in Tuscany but I think Castello di Vicarello has to be near the top of my list. It’s incredibly cozy for a castle and if you didn’t know it was a hotel, you would think it was just a really stylish country villa. There is so much design inspiration, I kind of went crazy with the photos. Have a look and you’ll see why.
Have you ever seen so many pretty beds in one place?
So Â much rustic goodness …..
The outdoor spaces are no less charming:
Not that it needs one, but there’s even a pool:
And we can’t forget those famous views:
So Castello di Vicarello is today’s Hotel Pick FROM THE RIGHT BANK.Â ClickÂ here for more about this series andÂ here for all past hotel picks.Â Bon voyage!
(Photos:Â Castello di Vicarello)
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A couple of months ago, I did aÂ roundup of pink and yellow rooms and it appears I’m still not sick of that combo.
I’m really liking it with some blue too like in the first and last rooms. If only I needed another color scheme!
(Photos: 1.Lonny 2.EKB Interiors 3.Livingetc. 4.Sarah Kaye)
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There are so many reasons I should not want this. Â First of all, the name. I mean really.Â Second, it’s from PBteen. As someone who is old enough to have teenagers (but doesn’t) it just seems wrong for me to be shopping at PBteen. Third, it’s a beanbag. I have no business owning a beanbag.
But it looks so comfortable. What beanbag isn’t? And it’s so damn cute. I bet the Frenchies would love it too …..
Well, I’ll promise you one thing. If I do end up getting one, I promise not to wear matching furlicious boots. Or ever use the word “furlicious” in a sentence ever again.
There’s one other thing at PBteen that I have my eye on and I’m actually not embarrassed about this one:
These knock-offÂ JieldÃ© lamps areÂ only $69 and even though in general I hate knock-offs, these are not made to try and fool anyone. They’re different enough that I guess you could say they’re more inspired byÂ JieldÃ© than full-blown copies.
I’m thinking about a pair in coral for the nightstands in the guest room …..
So is there anything embarrassing on your shopping list or am I the only one?
(You can find the beanbagÂ here and the lampÂ here.)
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Are you ready for the reveal of the dining room? You’ve seen bits and pieces so I thought it was time to finally show you the whole thing. Here we go …..
One of the reasons I fell in love with this house was this room for its ceiling, arched entry and the rest of the millwork. The whole room is more traditional than what I normally do but it suits the house and its function as the formal dining room.
A quick recap of things I posted earlier: the furniture came from my parents (except for the two white Louis chairs which I brought over with me from Paris); I decided on this Barbara Barry chandelier after a very long search; and I painted the sideboard which was my first Annie Sloan chalk paint project. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore “Bunny Gray” and looks a little more gray in person.
The photography is from various galleries, auctions and artist’s studios. If you’ve been following FTRB for a while, you may recognize the photography wall is exactly the same as it was in the dining room of our old house. I guess when something works, it just works. (If you haven’t seen the old dining room, there’s a photo of it on Design Sponge.)
On the sideboard: I found the lamp at Home Goods which made me ask where has Home Goods been all my life? I. LOVE. IT. So much so that I got a different version of it for another room in the house. The ceramic leaf dish was a recent find at Peridot, a local gift/home store (no website). The white candlesticks are Ikea and the brass ones are from thrift stores. (It seems like every thrift/junk store is filled with them so if ever need a brass candlestick, that’s the place to go.)
Another feature of this room that I love are the french doors leading out to the veranda – perfect for having drinks before (or after) dinner. The oil painting was an engagement gift from relatives and is one of my favorite possessions.
I have some more art to hang and I also need to finalize the upholstery on the chairs. The blue gray linen that you see in the first photo is my current pick but I’m not 100%. (What’s new?) So don’t look too closely at the photo – the fabric is only loosely placed on the seats!
More photos to come once I get the rest of the things finished …..
(Photos: FROM THE RIGHT BANK)
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I’m forever stalking real estate and one of the best places for that if you’re into Swedish homes is Alvhem. The photography on that site is truly among the best when it comes to real estate sites. I didn’t think I’d ever see another balcony that could rival the one I posted last month from Alvhem but I recently saw all of these and I’d say they’re pretty good contenders. You may want to get comfortable because there are a lot of photos to show you.
It’s always so inspiring to see how much people can do with small spaces.
How adorable is this little fruit and vegetable garden:
In all of these homes, with just a few pieces of furniture, plants and carefully selected accessories, they were able to create really beautiful spaces.
What did I tell you? Impossibly cute, right?
I’m going to try to not sleep through the weekend and get back into the swing of things around here. If all goes well, I’ll finally reveal the dining room on Monday. I can’t wait for you to see it! Until then, enjoy your weekend!
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