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Florentine style has always blazed its own trail. The sleek, spare angles of modernist design are paired with ornate interiors fit for the likes of Catherine de’ Medici. Whether you’re drawn to the aristocratic elegance of Florence’s chicest hotels or the rambling lush of its green spaces, this is inspiration you’ll want to bring home. Take a trip with us to the Tuscan countryside, and see how to bring the style into your own home.
Florentine architect Michele Bonan is the mastermind behind the elegant hotel Portrait Firenze’s plush timelessness. Bonan describes the property as an “inspired storyteller.”
Employing simple lines and a polished palette, the hotel’s spaces envelop the traveler’s senses in relaxed refinement.
Design details include portraits with Florence as the backdrop, showcasing famous streets and iconic monuments.
Bonan played with colors and materials, choosing contrasting tones of opaque gray and dark brown, steel with metal and gold accents, organic wood, and sumptuous textiles to create a harmonious aesthetic.
Portrait’s rooms are the picture of Italian luxury. Bespoke furniture from Tosconova, hand-selected Carrara marble bathrooms, pillows of every size and fill, terry bathrobes, Ferragamo bath treats, and Italian cotton satin linens are just a few of the design stars.
Given the emphasis on England’s and France’s contributions to the garden arts, it surprised us to learn that Italians actually invented the concept of a green space that existed for pleasure alone.
By quite literally collapsing the walls around survivalist feudal plots, the plants and flowers of traditional Italian gardens were tended for order and beauty in equal measure, never one above the other.
From the grand Boboli to the majestic vistas of private villa gardens, these cultivated spaces are a study in theatrical and sensory enjoyment.
Grottoes, marble figures, and water features are regular fixtures in the Italian garden scene.
Plants and flowers are selected for their appearance or scent, and areas designed for quiet contemplation are considered essential.
How would you bring Tuscan style into your own home?