A little while back, House Crazy Sarah featured Paola and Marco’s rustic mountain getaway “hut” in Northern Italy. Now, she’s going to have a look at their house on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
The home is located in a picturesque fishing village called Solcio di Lesa, in the Piedmont region.
Paola explained that the village has existed since ancient times and the main road, Via S. Antonio, has been in use since Roman times.
The small village hugs the Lake and features a supermarket, a bar, a fish shop, a camping site with a beach and three restaurants.
The small church of the village, dedicated to S. Antonio, was “nominated in a document in 1135“, according to Paola.
As for the house, it dates back to the 1700’s and the structure is rather peculiar, “as it is built on a covered passage.”
The structure is made of stone and plaster and has very thick walls.
House Crazy Sarah will let Paola tell the story of their home…
“The house was bought by Lodovico Casali, my husband Marco’s father, who was a contractor. He renovated the building, sold the other three apartments overlooking the inner courtyard, and kept the apartment for his family.”
“In the terrace we cultivate Mediterranean plants like rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, lemons, lavender, oleander and passion flower. The climate is mild on the lake and very sunny, so practically every plants grows well, especially azaleas.”
“On the first floor there is a huge living room with a fireplace.”
“In the living room there is a dining place for six people, a sofa (which is a single cast iron bed) and a long table for studying or drawing.”
“In a closet we share our passion for watercolors and painting so every guest of the house can use them.”
“The kitchen was an old design from Ikea and was already in the house so we only bought fridge, cooker and oven.”
“The first floor is connected to the second via a spiral staircase and with another staircase that goes from the terrace to the kid’s room.”
“On the second floor there are two bedrooms (master’s bedroom and kid’s bedroom) both with double bed, a hallway with a desk with town roofs lake view and two bathrooms.”
The Master bedroom:
“We bought from an antique shop the painted bed in the master bedroom, who comes from Vigezzo Valley in Ossola and we also bough a sideboard, a chest of drawers, a big larch chest and a set of chairs.”
“All the furniture were bought in antique shops and in market, so we didn’t spend much money and this gives the house a timeless look that we love. We also found many old pictures and some oil portraits of relatives and we add them to the walls.”
“We painted the bed and the wardrobe in the kid’s room in green and red and this are the colors that we mainly used.”
Detail of the kid’s room:
“We like everything folk, from music to art and furniture, so we were not interested in modern style. We wanted to give the house a traditional look as it had always been there.”
Thank you once again to Paola for giving us a tour of your wonderful home and village on Lake Maggiore!