Umbrian Farmhouse

Umbria, Italy

With views for miles across the Umbrian hills, this once-dilapidated farmhouse was entirely reconfigured and lovingly restored to craft a 7-bedroom retreat with distinct spaces for both summer and winter. Dating back to the 16th century, our engagement with the interior of the building is but a fleeting moment in its rich history.

We collaborated with local contractors to painstakingly restore and enhance original features, incorporating salvaged materials and a curation of vintage pieces. In particular, we utilized vintage textiles and antique embroidery as the artistic language, infusing color and warmth.

Through its many guises, including farm, school, and tobacco factory, the building’s layout had become utterly disjointed—impossible to traverse from one end to the other without exiting and re-entering. The new layout enables the house to contract during the winter months, with a cozy winter sitting room, and provides each bedroom with its own ensuite.

Well-made vintage furniture was chosen for its rustic simplicity. In the kitchen, reclaimed sea defenses were repurposed to create cupboard fronts that exude a suitable wobbly and weathered feel within their ancient surroundings. The joinery is inlaid with wooden molds once employed to craft cigars, paying homage to the farm’s history of tobacco production—which continues to grow in the nearby fields.

Umbrian Farmhouse was featured by House & Garden Magazine.