Shall We Meet At Home in Tuscany?
I’m not sure there has ever been a more romantic furniture collection than our very own Frances Mayes At Home in
Tuscany that was created based on the knowledge, joy and celebration that Frances Mayes embodies of all things Tuscan.
Yes, that Frances Mayes. The author who was drawn to the ancient Italian region where she purchased and began renovating her beloved house, Bramasole, which inspired her to write the 1996 best-selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun” that became a hit movie starring Diane Lane. Perhaps you’ve heard that Frances (who lives in Hillsborough, N.C. when she isn’t in Tuscany) has been at it again.
I was delighted to read in Friday’s Wall Street Journal that “Every Day in Tuscany”, the final book of her Tuscan trilogy has sold 83,000 copies since it came out in April. The inspiration for this one is a second house just miles from Bramasole that Frances calls the “mountain house” and is her escape from the tourists that the success of the book and movie brings to Bramasole on a steady basis.
Like me, you might be thinking two houses in Tuscany? For those of us without the resources or fortitude to rescue a collapsing villa and meticulously restore it to its former glory, we can capture the essence of Tuscany – and the love Frances feels for it for that matter – with pieces of the collection that she worked closely with our designers to bring to reality.
While I can’t be Diane Lane or live in Bramasole, I can sip a glass of wine while I dream of sleeping in The Florentine Ring Bed, search for the perfect spot in my house for the Waxing Moon Chest and have visions of serving homemade pasta at my very own Celebration Tavola. When I feel like I’m taking too much time browsing interior design magazines to find ideas on how to create
my own private Tuscany, I’ll just remember what Frances said in Friday’s article.
“In America I usually feel up against time—looking at my watch, booking appointments weeks in advance,” she said. “Here time is more of a river to float on, than a current to swim against.”