October 26th, 2010

Riccardo Barthel

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!

6 Responses to “Riccardo Barthel”

  1. Juliana Sleeper Says:

    Dreaming right along with you! LOVE that ceiling! Thanks for the inspirational photos:)

  2. Carmen Benoit Says:

    So inspiring and gorgeous! boy do I get off on this stuff. I would have gone crazy in there. Thanks for posting.

  3. Regina - Fauxology Says:

    Wow. Wow! Dreams do come true, Melanie! :)

  4. anna sadler Says:

    well, maybe a couple of amzaing modello jobs under our belt and we could afford to make our dreams a reality too! :-) omg! the place is gorgeous!!thanks for posting!

  5. Grace Wieber Says:

    Have been thinking of you and am glad I stopped by to see that you are doing wonderfully.

    Thanks for taking us on your journey, especially to my most beloved Italy.

    Just love the wall of tiles on the exterior.
    ~ Gracie

  6. Linda O'Neill Says:

    OMG. Astonishing. Everything there is breathtaking and inspiring. Oh, that money were no object!