Have you seen the August edition of Architectural Digest? If not, I suggest you make your way to the newsstand stat and get yourself a copy! Why, you may ask? And to that I say, Livia Rebecchini.
Yes, this interior designer brings a whole new meaning to patience…
Every single day, for almost a decade, Ms. Rebecchini made her way into the vibrant center of Rome, searching for the residence of her dreams: sun-filled rooms, high ceilings, spectacular views of church domes and tiled roofs, a large terrace, and a particularly rare amenity in downtown Rome – private parking. However, in 2008, her patience paid off. The top two floors of a 16th-century palazzo on Via di Monserrato (one of the city’s quieter and lovelier streets) became available – and within the building was a courtyard where tenants could park their cars amidst the shade of orange trees.
This two-story apartment was not without its drawbacks, however: the previous tenants had transformed the lower floor into a series of “pokey compartments.” Invasive action was needed and with that, walls came down and plaster ceiling came off. During this renovation, a network of original oak beams and joists were revealed, and these were to become the leading motif throughout the interior. Throughout the rooms she also laid handmade Umbrian tiles, “placed wrong side up so they look and feel rougher and more aged than they should” and coated the walls with “a thick lime plaster so highly textured that light lingers on them provocatively.”
Once the 18-month renovations were complete, she went to work on the décor….
Oh, be still my heart! Rebecchini created the open staircase, the metal chair, and the sofa.
Spectacular view of church domes and tiled roofs….
So elegant and peaceful…
Ms. Rebecchini herself, with her children.
Unfortunately, the online version of Architectural Digest only shows a handful of photos, but the enormous bathtub, the winding staircase, and the amazing mix of historical and heirloom pieces with the contemporary art and design is simply stunning! You’re gonna have to trust me on this one.
In the end, Rebecchini’s philosohpy is this: “Making a home is my way of preserving all the good memories and also drawing the line on what I truly love and what makes me happy.”
A ogni uccello il suo nido è bello. (To every bird, his own nest is beautiful.) Or in other words, there’s no place like home.
*All photos, quotes and information came from Architectural Digest. To see the article, please pick up a copy from you local bookstore or newsstand, or you can view a portion of it here.