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A house in Rome with the spirit of the country

Paolo and Roberta

Not far from the historic center in Rome in the bohemian quarter of Pigneto, jewelry designers Roberta Paolucci and Paolo Giacomelli have created an inspiring city house with the spirit of the country. The key was to modernize without stripping away the old character during the renovation.

On the property, there were originally five small farm houses built just after WWII, when immigrants and country folk flocked to the city to have a better life. Up until just fifteen years ago, the five houses were part of a farm and the area was still very rural. Out of respect for this, Roberta and Paolo wanted the design to have a strong contrast between past and present- keeping the memory alive but moving towards the future.

Globetrotters and trendsetters, Paolo and Roberta travel often for their jewelry design business, IossellianiIosselliani: Founded in 1997 by Paolo and Roberta, the collection is realized in Italy by expert hands following traditional goldsmith techniques. Paolo and Roberta reinterpret and redesign classical jewelry using strong influences from the thirties through to the eighties glothic glam era. Materials include oxidized silver, gold, pearls, semi precious and precious stones. Attention to quality, detailing, design and craftsmanship is Ioselliani’s trademark. Ioselliani jewelry is sold all over the world in high end boutiques and department stores including Harrods, Barney’s, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marche, Lane Crawford and Luisa Via Roma to name a few.

The stainless steel kitchen features a Viking stove and Amana refrigerator. An antique wooden sideboard adds warmth to the space.
The stainless steel kitchen features a Viking stove and Amana refrigerator. An antique wooden sideboard adds warmth to the space.
Dining room: A vintage wooden sideboard displays pictures by artists Ratigher and Dave Dekat. Trinkets and collectables were picked up on journeys abroad in the East are displayed here. The long Italian wooden table is perfect for long leisurely dinners with friends. “Our house is always open and we like to share our space with friends,” say the pair. A series of funky pendant lamps adds character to the room. The pharmacy art piece is by Pietro Bologna. The silvery gray color scheme in the master bedroom adds a bit of glamour to the home. The wooden bedside tables are Italian antiques.
left Dining room: A vintage wooden sideboard displays pictures by artists Ratigher and Dave Dekat. Trinkets and collectables were picked up on journeys abroad in the East are displayed here. The long Italian wooden table is perfect for long leisurely dinners with friends. “Our house is always open and we like to share our space with friends,” say the pair. A series of funky pendant lamps adds character to the room. The pharmacy art piece is by Pietro Bologna.
right The silvery gray color scheme in the master bedroom adds a bit of glamour to the home. The wooden bedside tables are Italian antiques.
The unusual art work- a mirror screen with gun sculpture is by Michele Peretto.
The unusual art work- a mirror screen with gun sculpture is by Michele Peretto.

Images: Nathalie Krag via Taverne Agency . Words and styling:Tami Christiansen. Iosselliani. Viking stove. Amana refrigerator. Dave Decat.

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