Well, I’ve made a decision. When my dreams come true, I will buy a villa or palazzo in Italy. While I’m dreaming, I might as well just make a commitment to visit Riccardo Barthel in Florence because, you know, I am going to need HELP decorating my new digs.
This amazing design store was right next to the hotel where our Italy Painting Tour group stayed a couple of weeks ago.
They specialize in, well, LOTS of amazing things, it seems….
…like a seemingly endless variety of hand painted tiles for floors, walls, backsplashes, and countertops.
They also featured a lot of gorgeous custom furniture, frames, mirrors, furniture, fabrics, and fine art…
…all set amidst unique displays….
,,,that contrasted contemporary wall treatments with centuries-old painted ceilings.
There was also had a wonderful “shed” filled with antiques ready to be rehabbed and restored-or sold “as is”.
Truly amazing (and bank breaking) though, were their kitchen and bath fixtures.
Unfortunately, everything there was completely out of my price range, but WAIT, I AM dreaming here…..
The next time you are “museumed-out” in Florence, check out the dreamy Riccardo Barthel store near Porto Romano in Oltrarno for yourself!