Before & After Tuscan Villa Transformation

The other day we explored a bespoke English country kitchen by Artichoke in the UK, and today I’m sharing an incredible Before and After Tuscan Villa Transformation by this bespoke design firm.

What was once a hotel is now an incredible private home.

Tuscan villa Guglielmesca before renovation by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan villa Guglielmesca.

Tuscany Hotel Becomes a Home: Before & After

Nearly 100 individual features were designed by Artichoke inside Villa Guglielmesca, including coffered ceilings, fireplaces, windows, columns, doors and stone architraves.

before - a Tuscan villa renovated by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca.

Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign: Hotel to Private Home

Villa Guglielmesca under renovation by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan villa Guglielmesca under renovation by Artichoke.
Tuscan villa under renovation by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan villa Guglielmesca under renovation by Artichoke.
During renovation of Tuscan villa Guglielmesca by Artichoke.
During renovation of Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca by Artichoke.

AFTER: the Villa’s Interior Today

Luxurious hall with architecturally magnificent arches in Tuscan villa Guglielmesca.
After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.

Before & After Tuscan Villa Transformation: Kitchen

During renovation of Tuscan villa Guglielmesca by Artichoke.
Before: Kitchen in Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca under renovation by Artichoke.
Artichoke luxury bespoke kitchen in Tuscan villa.
a multi-functional space so it is not simply decorative. A chargrill has been designed on the right hand side, with the left reserved for open fires and spit-roasting meats. The stone for the surround is Pietra Serena. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home.
Luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
BEFORE. Artichoke designed fireplace being prepared in tandem with the groined ceiling, also designed by Artichoke.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. Interior architecture and interior design: Artichoke. Beautiful bespoke design details include the groined ceilings as well as multiple furniture (cabinetry) styles suggestive that the kitchen evolved over time. Central islands: brick and plaster, with hand planed and finished arched chesnut doors at the ends, hinged on bespoke wrought ironwork, typical of the local vernacular. The dresser (cabinetry in dining area) features bespoke espagnolette ironmongery with rounded inside joints on the lay-on door frame to introduce a French element to the piece. Cabinets flanking the Wolf range oven is more Georgian in feel. Primary materials.  Handpainted tulipwood, rift cut French oak, chesnut, acid etched zinc.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke scullery design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. This scullery and pantry was designed as part of a whole house design project for the large country house. The pilasters were cast in concrete and the oak was aged using lime. The pantry and scullery worktops are in Santa Fiore sandstone, a local stone found throughout Tuscany and Florence. Primary materials:  Cast concrete, lime aged oak and Santa Fiore sandstone.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke scullery design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. This scullery and pantry was designed as part of a whole house design project for the large country house. The pilasters were cast in concrete and the oak was aged using lime. The pantry and scullery worktops are in Santa Fiore sandstone, a local stone found throughout Tuscany and Florence. Primary materials:  Cast concrete, lime aged oak and Santa Fiore sandstone.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke scullery design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. This scullery and pantry was designed as part of a whole house design project for the large country house. The pilasters were cast in concrete and the oak was aged using lime. The pantry and scullery worktops are in Santa Fiore sandstone, a local stone found throughout Tuscany and Florence. Primary materials:  Cast concrete, lime aged oak and Santa Fiore sandstone.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa.
After: luxury bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in a Tuscan villa. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. Inspiration for the bespoke kitchen design in Villa Guglielmesca was taken from typical Tuscan agricultural furniture design. The primary timber being used for the kitchen is French oak. The oak on the island was bleached and the oak for the pan-shelves were fumed to age them. The bread board island tops are made from wild-grain European Walnut sourced in Italy. The arched doors on the end of the plastered island are made from solid oak, roughly hand planed across the grain with a curved plane blade to create an aged effect. The glazed dresser doors close on traditional espagnoletes.
Tuscan villa Guglielmesca under renovation by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan villa Guglielmesca.
Luxurious bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Tuscan Villa.
After: Artichoke renovation. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. Inspiration for the bespoke kitchen design in Villa Guglielmesca was taken from typical Tuscan agricultural furniture design. The primary timber being used for the kitchen is French oak. The oak on the island was bleached and the oak for the pan-shelves were fumed to age them. The bread board island tops are made from wild-grain European Walnut sourced in Italy. The arched doors on the end of the plastered island are made from solid oak, roughly hand planed across the grain with a curved plane blade to create an aged effect. The glazed dresser doors close on traditional espagnoletes.
Tuscan villa kitchen under renovation by Artichoke.
Before: Tuscan villa Guglielmesca kitchen.
Tuscan villa kitchen with luxurious bespoke kitchen renovation by Artichoke.
AFTER. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. Inspiration for the bespoke kitchen design in Villa Guglielmesca was taken from typical Tuscan agricultural furniture design. The primary timber being used for the kitchen is French oak. The oak on the island was bleached and the oak for the pan-shelves were fumed to age them. The bread board island tops are made from wild-grain European Walnut sourced in Italy. The arched doors on the end of the plastered island are made from solid oak, roughly hand planed across the grain with a curved plane blade to create an aged effect. The glazed dresser doors close on traditional espagnoletes.
Dining area of luxurious bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Tuscany.
AFTER. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. Inspiration for the bespoke kitchen design in Villa Guglielmesca was taken from typical Tuscan agricultural furniture design. The primary timber being used for the kitchen is French oak. The oak on the island was bleached and the oak for the pan-shelves were fumed to age them. The bread board island tops are made from wild-grain European Walnut sourced in Italy. The arched doors on the end of the plastered island are made from solid oak, roughly hand planed across the grain with a curved plane blade to create an aged effect. The glazed dresser doors close on traditional espagnoletes.

Before & After Tuscan Villa Transformation: Master Bathroom

After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.
After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke. Design: Artichoke. Tuscan Villa Guglielmesca Bespoke Redesign by Artichoke: Hotel to Private Home. In the master bathroom, a simple deco inspired vanity with a pair of wall mounted mirrors. Carrara marble tiles were designed in running bond pattern around the room and match the floor and vanity top. Primary materials:  Stained American Black Walnut and honed Carrara marble.

Before & After: Luxurious Doors

Front doors at entrance. After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.
After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.
After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.
After: renovation of a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.

Illustration of Villa Guglielmesca

Tuscan villa Guglielmesca.
The villa’s past.

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. September 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

    Wow – so beautiful and what a grand re-do! Every attention to every detail is so evident in the project and the outcome is beyond spectacular. I want to visit Artichoke for more and as always, your posts inspire beyond belief Michele!

    • michele
      Author
      September 17, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks for checking them out and playing along with this project with a million custom details from top to bottom. It is so fun to see Artichoke use materials we don’t always see represented in the USA. Peace to you, Joan.

  2. September 17, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    What a treat to tour this amazing home! The kitchen is the ultimate cooking and gathering place. Every detail beautiful!
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      September 17, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      I cannot imagine using a kitchen like this – what a dreamy place in Tuscany! Thanks for reading.

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