Historic Charm, Modern Comfort

Interior Design

Modern might be too harsh a term to describe our interiors – particularly the bedrooms which are only softly modern, playful and atmospheric compositions that are beautiful and comfortable to spend time in.

Bathrooms are simple and luminous, in soft ‘whites’, with handmade stone vessel sinks Travertine floors and showers, and natural washstands, cut from a huge, splendid, slab of Oak, that we begged our carpenter to part with.

Siena Superior Double Room: Bathroom
Siena Superior Double Room: Bathroom

The large interior socializing areas are lighter, brighter and more art gallery-esque but throughout the property spirited, contemporary design, real art, and discreetly added technology, bring harmony and life to the spaces.

Siena House Common Lounge

Historic items—like the lovely old farm chairs from the house’s former life, might be beautiful in their Artempo, time-altered states. They make wonderful pictures, but we don’t romanticize the artefacts from the houses’ heyday: Comfort was not a feature of the lives of the people who made or used them.

'Montepulciano' Suite
A mix of old and new

It was drive and passion (and of course money and time) that were required to bring light and comfort to the property. Opening windows, whitewashing dark ceilings, replacing dark floors and plastering the dark stony rooms that were the reality of the house.

What a privilege and an adventure it was working on such a property! Decorated by an artist, the discerning eye will detect the quality of the interior at a glance—seeing beyond the image into the sensation of being here.

Conceived as a live-in Gallery; a place to experience Tuscany, to paint and to enjoy views and art, our vision was realized by local architect Marcello Bartolozzi, who was able to bring to life the dramatic opening of space that we desired.

A big part was to open the whole of the ground floor—uniting the two main rooms (ex cow stalls + Granary on the ground floor) to make a huge open space. Upstairs, to achieve additional light and drama, the dovecot floor was removed, to give huge height to the central space. Within the dovecot, we created a viewing gallery in glass and iron, with views over the hills and villages. The Gallery was the work of Roberto Cini, Local Master Carpenter, from Sinalunga.

In 2016 the house was featured on the Christmas Special of France 5’s ‘La Maison’, Interior design and lifestyle show. In 2017 the house was the location for an episode of the U.K. reality T.V. show ‘Made in Chelsea’. See our Press, Media, Awards page for more information.