Farmhouse Style: Farmhouse in Italy – Oberto Gili

Black and white dog at rustic farmhouse door with pink roses
Farmhouse Style: Rachetta at the farmhouse in Italy of Oberto Gili

Farmhouse style and country decor perhaps

as you have never seen it is in store today!

If you have hung out here for long,

then you know my thing is white and neutral

interiors since such a palette works magic

for peaceful, timeless, tranquil decor.

But I enjoy seeing a colorful display…did

you catch all that vibrancy Anthropologie

brought to Patina Farm the other day?

(Some of you found it sacreligious, but

I thought it was brave and bold of the Giannettis

to allow an alternative interpretation!)

Another farmhouse, this one near Turin in the

Piedmont region of northwest Italy

has stolen my heart–

with interiors unlike any I have ever seen…

so much so that it feels like a sacred privilege

to view the art and personal objects within them,

many designed by the owner: the incredible Oberto Gili,

best known for his home and garden photography.

If you are not familiar Gili’s work,

you are in for a very very sweet surprise,

so do stay tuned for a treasury of

rich and lovely rooms photographed

by Oberto Gili on the blog soon.

Gili’s was inspired by the Antonioni film “Blow-Up”

and worked in London and Milan as a photographer

in the 70s before traveling the world for a year

to work on the interiors book Underground Interiors.

After relocating to New York in the 80s,

Gili worked for various magazines and was

introduced to the fashion world.

On his website’s bio, he notes

“CURIOSITY IS MY ADDICTION.

I EXPERIENCE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

WHEN I STAY IN ONE PLACE FOR TOO LONG.”


I find it so curious (ha!) that this farmhouse

and property is one owned by someone so full of

wanderlust since I’m not sure I could ever peel

myself away from the gardens and enchantment!

With his partner Joy Sohn,

Gili lives in a rambling two-story stucco farmhouse

with no heating or cooling system beyond woodstoves

in winter…and his intent was to keep the home’s

essence modest enough to allow it

to be covered with flowers.

The home’s second floor contains a master bedroom

and a guest bedroom, and rooms on the first floor

are all multipurpose rooms since the owner likes

to keep things loose and undefined.

It’s a working 6-acre farm, and almost everything

they eat is grown on the property.

One of the details that made me smile reading the

interview with AD was that Gili loves

to bake sourdough from his own starter.

I do that weekly as well, but I don’t make

15 pounds of it at a time like Gili!

Get ready to be wooed and romanced

by a romantic Italian farmhouse

that’s all heart and soul.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Farmhouse Style; Gili designed these ceiling lights and the table.

Snow covered natural pool on Oberto Gili's  farm in Italy
The pool in winter.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Proof positive pink walls can be neutral.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
African mudcloth on an antique chair.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Farmhouse Style: Sergio Leoni woodstove.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
The gilded mirror is a family heirloom.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Cecil Beaton flower painting and an antique daybed

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Farmhouse Style: Alessandra Bruno flag; Gili designed the ceiling light.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Marble topped table designed by Gili.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Lenten-centenary vase and apples grown on the property.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
A black cement obelisk in the garden by Gili.

exterior of farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Farmhouse Style: The exterior.
Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
A guestroom.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
A guesthouse.

Colorful art filled room in farmhouse of Oberto Gili in northwest Italy
Master bedroom with flower paintings by Alida Morgan.

Farmhouse Style: Well it is a farm afterall.

Oberto Gili

I’m not sure I could be more charmed
by a home, and I’d love to hear
your response to it, so do leave a comment
to add to the beauty and color.

Stay tuned for more posts featuring this
artist’s beautiful work–ohmygoodness,
you are in for a treat!!!

Did you see the new video we made for
my About page where I show you the fixer upper?

Peace to you right where you are.

Source: Architectural Digest

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2 Comments

  1. March 4, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    so many gorgeous details. When I see all this color I feel like I need to run out and get some new pillows ( or something;) for a pop of color. Enjoy your day!

  2. March 4, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    It's a little too much for me! But I will concede my love for much of the art on the walls… and those gorgeous round windows!

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