Before I was an interiors girl, I was a fashion one. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design, and my teenage years were spent devouring every fashion magazine I could get my hands on. Most of my old magazines have been carefully clipped, filed and recycled by now, but I keep a few special issues, including the October 2001 edition of Vogue. Why? Because it featured Italian designer Luisa Beccaria‘s hilltop Sicilian home, Borgo del Castelluccio.
Images from Residence, Amica and Marie Claire Maison, all found here
Just look at this place: the eighteenth-century architecture, the lush gardens, the views of Sicily. It’s enough to make a girl weep. I’m a huge Italophile but have never been so far south in the country, and these images are making me seriously regret that. If I were lucky enough to snag an invite to this family home, I’d probably never leave.
Images from Ellextra, Marie Claire Maison and Residence, all found here
The interior is dreamy and understated, all soft hues and cozy furniture. There’s a noticeable lack of stuff in this home, and everything that is here serves a purpose. Surprisingly, I especially love the bare walls, which work because the views from the windows put even the most exquisite landscape paintings to shame.
Images from Vogue, Marie Claire Maison and Amica, all found here
I’d love the chance to decorate an Italian home one day (in fact, it’s on my bucket list), and I’d approach the task a lot like Luisa. Sure, some of the furnishings in my Italian dream home might be a bit more modern, but the essence would be the same: functionality and simplicity would reign supreme, clutter would be banned, and beauty celebrated.