REASON #2 THAT I HATE ARIZONA INTERIOR DESIGN
If you have ever read my blog for any period of time, you would know one thing about me… I despise the idea of Tuscan design! Now, I say “the idea” of it, as opposed to Tuscan design itself, because I love many styles of interior design and can achieve them all with great skill! The problem I have with Tuscan design is that EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER HAS A TUSCAN INTERIOR and it is still going on!
When I first moved to Arizona I was terrified that my interior design jobs would all be southwestern and Kokopellis. So, I was excited when my first design job was for a 6,200 sq. ft. home who’s owner considered her style to be “Tuscan”. I took cues from what she had in the room, but was a little shocked that she considered the style to be Tuscan. After all, I am a design professional with years of education and a degree to my name, and ethnic styles are my specialty, so I know that true Tuscan style resembles nothing like what all of these “Tuscan” wanna be homes look like. If you’ve ever been to Tuscany (which I have not, but many of my clients have), you’d know that the style is far more old world and sporadic in nature. Furnishings are not overstuffed and large in scale. As a matter of fact, Italian furnishings are small. Italy boasts marble, not travertine and there’s barely any brown. True Italian design is colorful and most rooms are light and airy, not cavernous. Take a look at this Italian living room…