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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (November 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Building La Bella Vita" For anyone who dreams of living in a Tuscan farmhouse, Elizabeth Helman Minchilli's new book, Italian Rustic (Artisan) , holds transformative power. Within its 226 pages lie the secrets of traditional Italian craftsmanship, which can be applied to your own house regardless of where you live. Want to redo your kitchen with a wood-beamed ceiling? There's an entire chapter devoted to the subject. Considering a bathroom with richly textured frescoed walls? There's a resource guide that will help you find the best builder and architect. Or maybe you just want to add an evocative stone wall to the garden. The know-how for that job is here too. It's a comforting realization that all the techniques have been tested and tried by the author herself: together with her Italian-born architect husband, she restored her own country villa in the Umbrian town of Todi. Think of this volume as a practical, beautiful blueprint for creating a home filled with all the right details--terra-cotta tiles, stucco walls, garden pergolas--all'italiana. M. P. --Town & Country Magazine, November 2009.

REVIEW BY JUDITH NASATIR Elizabeth Minchilli understands rustic Italian design from the ground up. The American-born writer and her architect husband, Domenico, who live in Rome, translate their knowledge into what is, thanks to evocative photos by Simon McBride, a beautiful practicum for building or renovating a home in the Tuscan country style. Minchilli discusses the venerable two-story Italian farmhouse, with animals and tool storage at ground level, and hearth and living quarters upstairs. She illuminates artisan techniques used in building, from fieldstone walls and timbered ceilings to terra-cotta tile roofs and terrazzo floors. She waxes practical and poetic about pergolas, wood-burning ovens, and plastering and finishing techniques. For detailed information and insight into what makes those Tuscan houses so appealing, this book is a wonderful resource. --Veranda Magazine, Dec. 2009

So much more than a glorious photographic romp through restored farmhouses of the Tuscan countryside, this book delves into traditional Italian building techniques, such as laying a terra-cotta floor. Then it describes smaller changes you can make - such as incorporating terra-cotta planters into your decor - to capture the spirit without committing to a pricey overhaul. "The homes we visit in the hills of Tuscany and Umbria show innovative solutions to the challenges presented when bringing ancient homes into the twenty-first century," Minchilli writes. --Newsday, Dec. 4, 2009

In Italian Rustic, Elizabeth Manchili gives tips for adding Tuscan and Umbrian charm to your house. She gives instructions for redecorating both inside and out as well as suggesting simple ways to add a little bit of Italy to your garden or home decor. With its stunning photographs, this book makes a great gift for anyone who has stayed in a warmly decorated farm house in Tuscany or Umbria or anyone who wants to. Photos were taken at several farm houses where guests can stay so you might want to look through it before you plan your next visit to Tuscany. --About.com: Italy Travel

Author and avowed Italophile Elizabeth Helman Minchilli has brought Tuscany and its many ineffable charms into simple clarity and practical use in he most recent work, Italian Rustic: How to Bring Tuscan Charm Into Your Home. This, her sixth work on Italy, is sumptuously photographed by Simon McBride and cunningly illustrated throughout with easy-to-decipher how-tos.

Most books that seek to laud a style or a region, let alone both, fall prey to overstatement and sweeping generalizations, prose that while lovely on the ear doe not give the reader that much needed "take away." Italian Rustic is a veritable primer on how to mount your own Tuscan-charm offensive in your home, whether it is a studio apartment, a California ranch-style home or a country house in the Adirondacks.

Literally no home is left behind as Minchilli and her husband, architect Domenico Minchilli, uncover every scintilla of Tuscan-izable charm in the "rural Italian regions of Umbria and Tuscany." Having left the US for Italy following her studies n architectural history, Minchilli has brought Italian home and Italian design into the forefront of our national consciousness and with her we have become Italy-obsessed.

Broken down into 13 chapters, including Floors, Windows, Ceiilngs and Gardens, the Minchillis offer u p an entire house of information along with all the resources to re-create the beauty and details of Italian Rustic design. She rightly claims that we have a fascination with living "la bella vita," but at last we can discover that terra-cotta tiles, pergolas and stone walls are easily available outside of west central Italy and far from the Ligurian Sea.

We learn that the traditional Italian farmhouse had its entire ground floor devoted to housing animals and, therefore, the windows and exterior staircases and the very stonework that characterize Italian Rustic arose out of that immediacy with the land.

The design of these homes has its hallmark stone walls with bricks seemingly thrown in higgledy-piggledy, but really as essential reinforcements and levelers for other floors; mortar and tile are added out of utility but without the pretense of order and strict architectural demands, unlike classical architecture. This is a lifestyle that arose out of need and answers a demand for very practical needs.

It just so happens that we fell in love with this half barn/half house and its unplanned beauty. As Minchilli says "Nothing matched, things were added as they were needed, and everything had a use."

Minchilli gives all the history, instructions and even the companies that can bring home Italian Rustic. For stone working we can ring up UK-based Dry Stone Walling Association, for handcrafted doors we can go to Porte del Passato and for terra-cotta we can contact Fratelli Berti. The resources are encyclopedic.

Minchilli delivers this treasure trove of info with ardor and humor, saying, "A funny thing happened on the way to creating the modern Italian bathroom. At a certain point, Italians went tile crazy." We'd like to go Italian Rustic crazy.
Reviewed by Marcia Sherrill --1st Dibs Introspective, April 22, 2010

About the Author

Elizabeth Helman Minchilli is the author of Artisan's Restoring a Home in Italy (now in its third printing), and the recently published Italian Rustic. Her passion for Italy led her from her native United States, where she studied architectural history, to Italy in 1987. She writes on architecture, design, and food for a variety of publications and is the author of four other books on Italian culture.


Simon McBride has been photographing gardens and interiors for over two decades, working regularly for Architectural Digest, Country Living, and House & Garden, among other magazines. His numerous book credits include Ski Style and Private Tuscany. He lives in Bath, England.

More About the Author

Elizabeth Helman Minchilli is the author of six books on the joys of Italian life. Her latest book is Italian Rustic, to be released by Artisan in November 2009. She is the author of Restoring a Home in Italy, now in it's third printing. Minchilli's passion for Italy led her from her native United States, where she studied architectural history, to Italy in 1987. She writes on architecture, design, food and travel for a variety of publications.
Assisting her on her latest book, Italian Rustic, is her husband, Domenico Minchilli, an architect who restores and builds homes in Italy and around the world.

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This book is a great gift for anyone interested in design and craft!
H. James
There are great inspirations for our renovation project with practical guidance and beautiful pictures.
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I purchased this book for a friend who had just returned from a trip to Tuscany.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Duke of Kansas City on December 25, 2009
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A great book and chalk one up for the war againist perfect decor. The author has step forward and created a beautiful book with some serious analysis of what we consider are Tuscany/Italian elements in homes/houses. The photographs and paper are very nice too. This book sets a high standard which other authors would be wise to follow, not only does the book inspire but there are actually technical notes on how-to create everyting you would find in a Tuscan/Umbria home and garden. The author even provides resources for hard to find items in America (you aren't going to find brick or terra cotta roofing material at Home Depot or Walmart). I would recommend this book over many of the other current books covering Tuscany architecture. Also a welcome addition to those who already have a Tuscan theme library.

Many of these elements are also present in other southern European countries and Latin America, you can't get more rustic than the current state of homes and buildings of Cuba, just check out some of the current books on Habana/Havana or Cuba and you will find this rustic style in your own "backyard".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria Theresia Rehder on October 9, 2009
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Elizabeth's latest work is simply delightful, as all her previous books are. If one is lucky enough to own a property in Italy, the book can serve as an immense support when restoring or improving house and grounds. For all other Italy lovers it is a perfect chance to inhale the glory of this wonderful country. Complementi to the author as well as to Simon McBride the equally gifted photographer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan Blagg on October 15, 2009
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The photographs by Simon McBride are up to his usual high standard and can help guide anyone interested in creating Italian charm in his/her own home to the desired point. And Elizabeth Minchilli has written practical information for step-by-step processes for treating walls, doorways, windows, floors, ceilings, etc., with a special Italian flair. You don't have to be a millionaire to achieve the warm feeling of an Italian family home! Italian Rustic is a good buy for lovers of Italian decor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sienna L. Reid on January 6, 2010
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Elizabeth Minchilli, with her husband Domenico's help has created a wonderful book on how to bring Italian rustic style into your home in the US or anywhere. Elizabeth has spent over 20 years in Italy, working as a writer on style, architecture, and food, raising a family and owning and remodeling two houses (one from a pile of rubble in the Umbrian countryside). Her Italian husband's architecture work has realized many beautiful visions in "rehabbed" country homes for countless clients. Her vision of what is beautiful comes out quite clearly in this focused "how to" book with the needed details included that help to make this much more than a coffee table luxury book. In fact the size of the book stands out compared to most books of this quality- it is smaller and more practical, but with stunning photos and to the point text. I think that this book will appeal to Italy aficionados as well as those who just dream of Italy and its well known charm- and both can benefit from Minchilli's expertise in this area in order to make beautiful changes to their own homes or to just dream about them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Lund on October 25, 2009
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The book is beautiful, full of gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration on every page. I was surprised to find that it isn't yet another book with decorative ideas like flower arranging or table settings - though I'm a sucker for those and have a shelf full - it concentrates instead on architecture, wall colors and finishing and many other detailed tips and instructions that will permanently give your house a Tuscan Charm. This is not about a ten minute decorative "fix" , these are changes only an architect familiar with the Tuscan magic could suggest and describe. The book wasn't what I expected, it is better than that. Wish the builders came with it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Schaef on May 5, 2010
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I became a fan of Elizabeth Minchilli through her food writing, but soon learned she is an expert on all-things Italy. If you dream about living in a Tuscan farmhouse - who doesn't? - this book is for you. After you buy "Italian Rustic," skip over to her website and read her articles and blog: [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. James on October 14, 2009
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This book is a great gift for anyone interested in design and craft!
Beautiful pictures - great illustrations and helpful hints.
You can create your own Tuscan home anywhere -
a resource list in back even if you just want a few Tuscan touches!
A must to have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. kemp on December 13, 2009
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This book is absolutely wonderful. I purchased this book for a friend who had just returned from a trip to Tuscany. She told it me was as true to what she experienced there as anything she had ever seen. I had also read it it and plan to make some changes to my home based on the ideas presented by the talented author.
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