When we developed our Italian-made line of furniture, Casa Florentina, we envisioned creating what we like to call the heirloom piece – that one special piece that stays with you through every move, every renovation and every transition through life and always, without fail, makes any room shine.
We obsessed over every single detail, right down to the drawer liners (Florentina style marbleized paper, of course). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that we didn’t stop until we got the 15 amazing hand-rubbed finishes just right.
Our wide-ranging palette is inspired by the many rich colors and textures of Italy, from the earth and sky of the Tuscan countryside to the faded beauty of a centuries-old ceramic vessel. Each distressed finish, applied by Italian artisans using the same techniques of Florentine artists for centuries, captures the essence of Casa Florentina.
Our favorite finishes in the collection are the more unexpected colors, such as Distressed Blue (shown on our San Marino Secretary Desk with Hutch). We love the idea of pairing a great body with a bold color to make it that knockout piece in any room. However, years of decorating experience has taught us that when it comes to furniture, it’s hard to commit to color. So, how exactly do you add that special “heirloom piece” in such a unique finish to an existing décor?
Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
For years, conventional wisdom told you to match the furniture and finishes in your room. Well, not anymore. For a more collected, lived-in look that gives a room soul, go ahead and mix furniture styles and experiment with color. For example, we wouldn’t think twice about placing a bleached salvaged wood coffee table next to a traditional Louis armchair upholstered in an Ikat fabric. Similarly, the distressed pieces in Casa Florentina can easily mix in with your existing furniture, whether you lean more traditional or modern, without competing.
Don’t be afraid of color.
A consistent color scheme is important, but don’t be afraid to add that unexpected pop of color. Much like the bold hues lighting up the fashion runways, color is the quickest way to punch up a neutral decor.
Here are some ways we would use Casa Florentina:
In the dining room
Add our Sorrento Console with Mirrored Doors finished in Distressed Red to accent your table and chairs. The spicy hue adds instant warmth and creates an inviting atmosphere. You can work in extra pops of red in the chair cushions or wall art if you prefer a more pulled-together look.
In the bedroom
An armoire is a no brainer in the kitchen, and the Louis XVI Armoire is a piece you’ll want to pass down to future generations.
We love the Louis XVI Poster Bed in Distressed Blue Gray. Why not make your bed the focal point? Layer in linens and keep your side tables and cherry dresser and you have created a room with personality and great European style.
In the foyer
For grand foyers, the Caprice Pedestal Table centrally placed with a large vase of flowers adds major impact. The Lungarno Console (above in Distressed Blue) is the perfect piece for small foyers and provides a spot to drop your keys and sunglasses. Foyers are usually more neutral, so here’s your chance to go bold with the finish for an unexpected — and welcoming — pop of color.
In the living room
The Medici Secretary with Hutch is both functional and fashionable. Choose a finish you love, then add accessories in the same color family, such as a vase, candlesticks and art work, and spread them throughout the room for a more cohesive look. We used a pair in this living room to create height on either side of a fireplace mantel. So chic!