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La Dolce Vita

A chef falls for the rustic elegance and old-world heart of a historic Florida home and fills it with the welcoming comfort of his native Italy.


GAP Interiors/Mark Lohman

Feature No:   5138 

Qty of Images:    17 


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The Tuscan culture, architecture and materials have been ingrained into the Italian landscape for centuries. When chef Maurizio Colucci left his country of birth to move to the States he brought with him his heritage, which also includes the love of cooking. At nine years old, Maurizio worked as a delivery boy in his father's pastry shop in Italy. "I used to love to meet my early morning customers; each one was like a character from a Fellini movie," he recalls, alluding to his formative years in the family business. Many decades later Maurizio settled in Florida where he fell in love with a Mediterranean-style home that shared a visual language with his native land. On the inside Mario set out to capture the essence of all the elements particular to the homes of his youth. “Tuscany is famous for its tapestry of warm, deep tones and rich materials.' He explains.The home already had the right architectural details, but “ It needed an infusion of color, textures, and furnishings to heighten the sense of history and authenticity.' Maurizio explains.



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