Country House Mixes Rustic Charm with Scandi Design | NONAGON.style
An Umbrian Country House Mixes Rustic Charm With Scandinavian Design

An Umbrian Country House Mixes Rustic Charm With Scandinavian Design

This is the Italian holiday home of our dreams.

Written by –
Jess Ng
on June 25th 2017
Jess loves good design! She spends her weekends exploring the sights, sounds and architecture of the world. Another favorite activity is taste-testing local delicacies.
Project:

Casa Refogliano

Design:

Special Umbria and S.P.R. Studio

Photographer:

What do you get when you mix modern Scandinavian design with the rolling hills of Umbria? Something very close to interior design heaven we believe, judging by this stunning Umbrian country house.

Exterior of a rustic Umbrian country house with swimming pool and traditional stonework | NONAGON.style

In 2014, a Dutch family fell in love with an old Umbrian olive grove with a view. Instead of simply taking a few photos and moving on however, the family went a step further and built their dream holiday home on the site. Less than two years later, Casa Refogliano was ready to welcome them with open arms.

Exterior of a rustic Umbrian country house with traditional stonework | NONAGON.style

In keeping with the rustic charms of the Umbrian countryside, the house has been built using traditional materials. The exterior stonework, for example, was forged from the rock on which the house was built.

Rustic meets Scandinavian-designed living room in a traditional Italian country house | NONAGON.style

Inside, handmade cotto floors, beamed ceilings, and locally crafted wooden windows are just some of the architectural gems to be found in the interior of this country house.

Rustic meets Scandinavian inspired open plan living space with bright orange accents in a traditional Italian country house | NONAGON.style

In the combined family room and dining space, Scandinavian design and minimalist white walls create a bright interior aesthetic.

Minimalist Scandinavian-inspired dining room with bench and orange accents in a rustic Italian country house | NONAGON.style

To accommodate their growing family, the owners turned to the latest in modern seating solutions for their dining space. A built in bench pays homage to the farmhouse aesthetic whilst still being practical for family living. The gallery wall is a clever way to bring art into the house without disrupting the casual overall feel of the room.

Rustic farmhouse-style kitchen with wooden bench in a traditional Italian country house | NONAGON.style
Open-shelving unit within the rustic farmhouse-style kitchen of an Italian country house | NONAGON.style

The kitchen offers a cozier take on the minimalist aesthetic seen in previous Scandinavian themed house tours.  This is partly attributable to the handmade floors and wooden beams, but the warmer beige tones of the cabinets, open shelving also help to introduce a homey vibe to the space. My favorite part of the kitchen has to be that fabulous butcher block island which serves to add a country house flair.

Cozy bedroom with natural accents and wooden beams in a rustic Italian country house | NONAGON.style
Cozy bedroom with natural accents and unique lamp in a rustic Italian country house | NONAGON.style

In the bedrooms, the refreshing mixed aesthetic of rustic farmhouse and modern minimalism continues. In one room, a hanging bedside lantern is a quirky alternative for those looking at unique lighting options. I also like the choice of a chunky knitted stool as a bedside table – very hygge!

Elegant wood bunk bed with iron rungs in the kids bedroom of an Italian country house | NONAGON.style

In the kids’ bedroom, style and sophistication reign supreme. The key here is to incorporate elevated versions of the usual children’s furniture pieces. A bunk bed made from solid dark wood, for instance, is a serious step up from the character-themed alternative. Even the toy elephant is design conscious.

Rustic Italian country house with swimming pool and handmade cotto tiles | NONAGON.style
Outdoor patio area of a rustic Italian country house complete with red furniture and hanging basket lamp | NONAGON.style

Outside, a spacious swimming pool and roofed lounge terrace complete with pizza oven await. What a way to make the most of that stunner of a view!

Exterior view of a rustic Italian country house with detailed stonework and swimming pool | NONAGON.style

From the exterior profile of Casa Refogliano, you can see how the home perfectly blends in with the natural lines of the land. It was important to both the family and the architects that the project made as little visual environmental impact as possible. As such, besides being a lesson in how to combine traditional rustic design elements with a modern minimalist aesthetic, Casa Refogliano further stands as a shining, stone-clad example of eco-friendly architectural design – not bad for a little holiday home right?

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