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Home and Garden at the Heart of Italian Lifestyle

Italian Home and Decor

Italian Home and Decor

While on the one hand Italians are moving ahead with the times, sporting the latest gadgets and the best of fashion, there is a part of them that still values the Italian home, and its surrounding garden.

Homes have been central to Italian social life and general lifestyle since historical times, and due to its importance in the Italian psyche, Italian interior design, Italian furniture, and generic Italian design are some of the areas of eminence for Italy. There was a wave of pioneering new design in all these areas after WW II due to the advent of prosperity to Italy, and to the world in general.

Italian Home and Garden

Italian Home and Garden

Italians have always cherished family ties, and thus the venues where these ties are forged and reinforced: the kitchen where one generation's wisdom passes to another and love is shared, the bedroom where intimacies are established, the living room where guests are entertained, the garden which can provide not only spiritual, but also physical nourishment.

And then of course, there are the Italian bathrooms, which are some of the best maintained and aesthetically appealing in the world, with their ceramic tiles, gorgeous floors and spa-like baths.

Italian gardens flourished during the war, when many Italians were forced to fall back on their gardens for subsistence. They have always had a pride of place in Italian villas, but they became the objects of pride for the common man in the post-war era, and remain so to this day.

Italian Garden

Italian Garden

In this section on Italian Home and Garden, Life in Italy will keep abreast of Italian design trends, the various looks of Italian decor and furniture, and take the reader on a journey of knowledge and discovery. This journey is bound to be worthwhile, because when it comes to garden and interiors, Italians have a tradition of excellence.

Introduction by: Damyanti Ghosh, September 2009

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Roofs in Italy
Thursday, August 07TH, 2014 by kattypiazza
While I was studying in Bologna, I lived in an apartment on the second floor, and from the kitchen window I had an amazing view of the roofs of this lovely town. That is how I grew a passion for roofs.   Since immemorial time roofs have been built to protect from the atmospheric agents: wind, rain, snow, sun, etc.   The type of roof depends from the weather of the area where the building is. In Italy the weather conditions differ quite a lot from the South to the North, that is why you can find different roofs. I have collected a few pictures of what I consider...
A passion for food and family is rooted in the Italian culture. And uniting both these loves within the confines of the Italian home is la cucina, the kitchen. It is the part of the house towards which the Italian family tends to gravitate, where women share their concerns, where modern Italian men give a hand, where friends are given a taste of food hot off the oven, where the conversation often flows along with the wine.   Kitchen scene from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera, Venice, 1574   But this natural progression of the kitchen as a living area in the Italian househ...
  Without the shadow of a doubt, the origins of modern Italian flooring and tiles lie in ancient Greek and Roman traditions. The range of floors and  tiles you can find in Italy is endless: from terra cotta to marble,  from simple stones to hand-painted ceramics, their variety is synonym with a true form of art, known and practiced in the country since the earliest times of its history.    . Tuscan Floor   Italian Tiles and Floors in History   In Roman architecture, tiles made of terr...
Armani/Casa Presents its New 2011-2012 Home Collection at the Salone del Mobile   At Milan's recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile fair Armani/Casa debuted its 2011-2012 home collection to the eyes of the world. The houseware brand, which allows you to bring the understated elegance synonymous with the Giorgio Armani name to your home decor, featured concepts for both a "city/metropolitan house" and a "mountain/country home." The inspiration of the collection was balance and "the pursuit of symmetry and harmony, achieving a synthesis that expresses warmth and well-being," according to...
Magical Italian Stationary
Friday, March 18TH, 2011 by ancos
  Carta da lettere (writing paper) and carta da disegno (drawing paper) are just some of the fine papers available in Italy.   Even the names are magical. Italy is certainly the country to visit for anyone interested in luxurious paper.  Shoppers can choose from many different types of paper including handmade paper, art paper and marbled paper. Couples planning an elegant, stylish wedding love to use Italian paper for their invitations because of its high quality. Most Italian towns and cities have shops that sell colorful bookmarks, leather boxes, and beautifully...
Italian Interior Design
Wednesday, July 28TH, 2010 by admin
Italian Interior Design: An Introduction It is no secret that most Italians have an inherent eye for good design, and Italian love for home is second to none. Take these two and combine them, and what you get is the essence of Italian interior design. If you are looking for a way to meet all that you require from your home and make it the cynosure of all eyes at the same time, look no further than interior design from Italy. History of Interior Design in Italy Interior Designing in Italy The history of Italian interior design is pretty long and elaborate, interior designing w...
Italian Decor in Your Bedroom Luxury bedroom Italians see their bedrooms as a haven of repose, and this is why Italian bedrooms are known the world over for their atmospheric quality as well as comfort. Be it furnishings, accessories, or Italian beds or other furniture, bedrooms in Italy are private yet cherished spaces in the Italian home. Italian bedroom decor is not very difficult to bring into your own home no matter where you live, because principles of Italian design are pretty simple. One has to bear in mind that Italians like their bedrooms uncluttered, comfortable and a...
An Italian Bedroom - Life style
Tuesday, September 15TH, 2009 by admin
Italian Bedrooms : Past and Present For Italians, a well-furnished bedroom is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Italian bedrooms embody the importance of the private life for an Italian man or woman, a relaxed place to sleep, dream, nourish, and take part in intimacies. Italian bedrooms: History, Beliefs From historical times, Italian bedrooms have been known for their comfort and elegance. Amongst the nobility who lived in castles, the bedroom was furnished with the elaborate four-poster bed with its curtains, or the letto a baldacchino, the armadio, or the wardrobe, and the cassetton...
The Italian Bathroom: Ceramics
Friday, March 06TH, 2009 by admin
INTERIOR DESIGN : Baths Deruta style A new way to use traditional Deruta design is by using is to accent your house, making it unique. The idea was born when Grazia had to redo her bathroom and went around looking but could not find a style that suited her. At that point she asked one of her best painters to make a tile panel with green as the dominant color and a scene with a feminine touch. Her painter suggested two or 3 different subjects and at the end she decided to have a beautiful scene full of flowers and women adorned with leaves and flowers. At this point she only had one tile of...