Thursday, May 20, 2010

La Contessa's Tuscan Villa


In her own words...

Theatrical Grandeur
 "Yes! That would be me if I had to describe my living quarters!  That's the epitome of what my life is about!  I love everything over the top.  Glitter, color, gold, velvet, brocade, mirrors, moulding and so much more.  Gorgeous settings tucked here and there.........    I have been told my house looks like a stage set!  What does not make it to the shop stops at home to be added to the assortment or perhaps one should say collection of sorts.  Refer to it as you wish...........   some might call it a mess others have referred to it as a Tuscan Villa.  I myself like to think of it as my haven.  A place where children and animals share the magic!  There is not a lack of eye candy or props or accessories.  I just need the visual to live my LIFE and fulfill my own NEEDS!"
  
(click each image for up-close detail)

As soon as we turned up this street we knew this had to be the "villa"

 
 
As we made our way up the walk we could see that the windows had been thrown open and the most gorgeous Italian music began to fill our ears.


Our senses were being awakened and delighted with each step...




 Ciao Bella! 

  Ben Venuto!


And just like that we were transported and

 immersed into the wonderful world and imagination of La Contessa!


    
 
 I felt giddy!


 
 
 There was so much to take in.


Vignettes galore! 
 
 

Yet, this house was definitely a home... 
 

A very special home...
 

one like no other.
 

La Contessa and her Italian husband had made it completely their own.


More to come...
 

24 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

wow...what a wonderful place....thanks for taking us along...

Jen said...

Seriously now, do you ever post a bad photo?? These are all so amazing! Guess its is why I look forward to your posts each day ;-)

And you have burlap on your walls? That is way too cool!! See, I just you were a person maja style! :-)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Yikes, these are great! Thank you for sharing!

Beach Combing... said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Debby Lee said...

She is just too cool! I am glad there is more to come. Her yard is so beautiful. xo

SPLENDEROSA said...

I shall await, breathlessly, for the next scene. You have captivated me, as always...

Mélanie A. said...

Wonderful . What an amazing place , thanks for the tour

sharon said...

What an amazing place. Has to be quite a character who lives here. I hope you'll be telling us more.
Sharon

lisaroy said...

What a great place - love the rich colours and the interesting mix of pieces! : )

Anonymous said...

Looks very cool...can't wait to experience it with you....

Chris

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I'm all for creating your own world and surrounding yourself with what you love...rules are so boring. La Contessa is fabulous.
Catherine

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Fabulous! Just as I would have pictured her home to be!! Pure magic!

What a great idea -- introducing us to this wonderful home tour! :)

~Ruth

P.S. - Who is in the "Ciao Bella" picture???? You? Or La Contessa?

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Wow, Terri, How did you find her? Awesome house!!! What great vignettes, and the gardens! Beautiful! I love that little frame around the lightswitch! So cute!

Can't wait to see more! You rock! xoxo Beth

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Hey.......get back here and finish the story!
XO

Beach House Living said...

Ugh! Making us wait again? Like how she embellished the dress form.

Kathysue said...

Terri, what a fascinating home, the walk up to the front door had me intrigued. She is a collector of many interesting things, can't wait to see more, Kathysue

Kerry said...

Wowsers! Can't wait for the rest. I loved that dressmakers dummy with the black tutu...perfection!

Lumo said...

What a house! You get to visit wonderful places and meet interesting people all the time!

Cashon&Co said...

girl, there you go again~!!! I am just amazed at all your cool places you go to and the people you meet and the pictures you take. just awesome. thanks for another great journey :)

Stacy said...

Beautiful! I think I might use her idea of hanging a frame around light switches in the future!

La Maison Fou said...

Great treasures!
Love the wonderful finds....fantastick!
Thanks for stopping by the blog!
L.

Noel Solomon said...

I'm completely wrapped up in that garden!

Xo Noel

The Zhush said...

I adore this lady! Now glancing around my home to see which light switch I can frame! How fun is that!?
xx

Theresa Cheek said...

Fabulous....what a great testimony to a diverse life! I love her collections and unpretentious style.