Who, better than Italians can say ‘home sweet home’ when they enter their (usually) beautifully designed and decorated homes?

Who, better than Italians can say ‘home sweet home’ when they enter their (usually) beautifully designed and decorated homes?

Italian designers have been inspiring the world throughout the years, across countries and cultures: think fashion, movies, arts, food and music, the Mediterranean peninsula has been an icon of style.

Many home owners and designers get inspired by Italian style, often featuring opulent fabrics, prestigious pieces of furniture and precious lighting solutions.

Southern California hosts an excellent example of an Italian-inspired home, delightfully planned by designer Craig Wright along with architect Richard Landry, who were appointed by Italy enthusiasts Bob and Audrey Byers. The owners specifically asked to ‘recreate an Italian ambiance’ inside of their Los Angeles mansion.

The house features stunning external stone walls, recalling the rustic Tuscan tradition, and has 6 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, among other rooms, boasting over a 23,000-square-foot property.

The ‘secret room’ of the house is characterised by stunning silk-damask-tented ceiling and walls, with silk-and-crystal trim, designed to further emphasise the luxurious note marked by the astonishing 19th-century Venetian crystal galleon-shaped chandelier.

L.A. designer Joan Behnke added to the splendour with a hand-forged chandelier by Gregorius Pineo.

The Italian touch is also felt when looking at the house from the garden, noticing the 21,000 Coppi tiles roof, which were handmade with clay over a century ago by Italian artisans.

One of Mrs Byers’ requirements for the house design was a large loggia feature, the typical Tuscan patio space, which, along with a series of Italian-style arches that extend from the wall of glass in the great room to the loggia and the guesthouse, added to the architectural continuity throughout the ambiance.

To add on to the Italian feel, Italian cypress and olive trees surround the house to recreate a Mediterranean garden.

Photo credits: robbreport.com; architecturaldigest.com