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A Whitewashed Italian Farmhouse with Just a Dash of Color

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A Whitewashed Italian Farmhouse with Just a Dash of Color

April 11, 2017

Milan-based A2BC Architects merged ancient and modern in their overhaul of a crumbling farmhouse on the terraced hillside of Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. They shored up the existing structure, plastered the interiors, replaced the flooring with polished concrete throughout, and added black steel windows to frame the views. Here’s a look inside (and out).

Photography by Giovanna Silva, courtesy of A2BC Architects.

steel windows add a note of modernity to the old stone building. 17
Above: Steel windows add a note of modernity to the old stone building.
polished concrete floors are a cohesive thread throughout the interior. 18
Above: Polished concrete floors are a cohesive thread throughout the interior.
a minimalist fireplace and bentwood chairs add warmth to the dining area. 19
Above: A minimalist fireplace and bentwood chairs add warmth to the dining area.
the only dash of color in the living area comes via a pair of persimmon upholst 20
Above: The only dash of color in the living area comes via a pair of persimmon-upholstered armchairs.
a sanctuary in the summer months: a pale bedroom with white linens. 21
Above: A sanctuary in the summer months: a pale bedroom with white linens.
light green closet doors add a note of color. 22
Above: Light green closet doors add a note of color.
in another bedroom, more persimmon, via bed linens. (for a similar italian bedr 23
Above: In another bedroom, more persimmon, via bed linens. (For a similar Italian bedroom—and where to source rust-colored bed linens—see Steal This Look: A Summery Bedroom at Casa Privata in Italy.)
an original stone wall contrasts with the new structural elements. 24
Above: An original stone wall contrasts with the new structural elements.
a view of the sloping hillside. 25
Above: A view of the sloping hillside.

For more skillfully updated Italian farmhouses and villas, see:

And, over on Gardenista, check out Outbuilding of the Week: A Woodshed Transformed, by StudioErrante in Italy.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran September 6, 2013.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is the Italian farmhouse located?

The Italian farmhouse is located in the Puglia region of southern Italy.

Who renovated the Italian farmhouse?

The Italian farmhouse was renovated by the owner, interior architect Benedetta Kassai and her husband.

What color scheme did the owner use for the interiors?

The owner used a bold and vibrant color palette, inspired by the sunny climate and natural surroundings of the region.

What is the inspiration behind the farmhouse's interiors?

The interiors are inspired by the local textures, patterns, and colors of Puglia's countryside, as well as the Mediterranean lifestyle.

What materials were used in the renovation?

The renovation included salvaged materials such as old wood beams and local stone, as well as hand-painted tiles, handmade textiles, and bespoke furniture.

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