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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?