This is a book that offers hundreds of ideas for design and decoration influenced by Italian country style. The first part of explores the essential ingredients of the style, taking in colour and texture before looking at the inimitable mixture of simplicity and comfort evident in furniture and fabrics, and going on to admire the innate gift of the Italians for living outside with the same panache as they do indoors. The second part looks in more detail at individual country homes. Whether Rustic, Contemporary, Eclectic or Traditional in character, these homes provide a wealth of inspiration for decorating your home.
Caroline Clifton-Mogg is the author of Provencal Escapes, Tuscan Escapes, French Country Living, The Curtain Design Source Book, The Colour Design Source Book and Apartment Living (all Ryland Peters & Small). She lives in Kensington.