Boldly Colorful Farmhouse in Italy - Oberto GiliMarch 03, 2017
|Rachetta at the farmhouse in Italy of Oberto Gili|
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.
|Gili designed these ceiling lights and the table.|
|The pool in winter.|
|Proof positive pink walls can be neutral.|
|African mudcloth on an antique chair.|
|Sergio Leoni woodstove.|
|The gilded mirror is a family heirloom.|
|Cecil Beaton flower painting and an antique daybed|
|Alessandra Bruno flag; Gili designed the ceiling light.|
|Marble topped table designed by Gili.|
|Lenten-centenary vase and apples grown on the property.|
|A black cement obelisk in the garden by Gili.|
|Master bedroom with flower paintings by Alida Morgan.|
|Well it is a farm afterall.|
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!!!
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