Fridays are a great day to dream about rustic homes in the Italian countryside, which is why we're stoked to tickle your fancy with this beautiful renovation by Luca Zanaroli. Situated in Salento near Morciano de Leuca, the modest single family home looks like it has been inserted into a cave, but the shell is actually comprised of two old abandoned buildings that were once used as shelters by local farmers. Not wanting to give up the buildings' historical character, Zanaroli restored the barrel vaults and interior using locally-sourced stone that dates back to the 1800s and finished off the interior with a sustainable lime mortar mix.
In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, Zanaroli gave the exterior a couple of small perforations and topped off the dining area’s dome with a skylight. These interventions allow a gentle breeze to flow through the house as well, keeping it cool nature’s way. Everything about this renovation is rustic and minimalist, including the sparse but organic furnishings. And in keeping with the bucolic surroundings, it opens out to a covered veranda and enclosed courtyard that provide shelter from the summer sun. We aren’t in Italy this weekend, so we’ll have to let our imaginations do the walking. Join us, won’t you?