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Tuscan Living
Breathing Life into Brick & Stone

Rural Restoration Management and Curated Interiors in Tuscany

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Tuscan Living
Breathing Life into Brick & Stone

Thinking of Buying or Own a Property in Tuscany?

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Tuscan Living
Breathing Life into Brick & Stone

Sourcing Materials and Artisans for your Project

Own or are buying a home in Tuscany?

Property Project Management

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Tuscan Living provides a complete bilingual service in Italian-English for rural property restoration and curated Interiors in Tuscany. We’re not real estate agents, architects or interior designers, but we work with them and can put together and manage a team to meet your needs. We’ll keep you up to date and make sure that things get done. Using the best artisans and decorators, carpenters and cabinet makers combined with our local knowledge for product sourcing, together we can help you realise your dream.

And of course we get down to the nitty gritty too; helping with the permissions and paperwork, translations, recommending qualified electricians, plumbers, landscape gardeners and various other tradespeople you can rely on and trust. We know that it’s the nuts and bolts that hold things together.

If you'd like to discuss what we can do to help you, drop us a line or book a call.

Creating a vision for your project

Space Planning

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A fundamental part of a restoration project, space planning is often overlooked. It's not always easy to see through a raw and rough space to the best position and layout of rooms, creating a natural flow for a house or simply understanding the structural limitations of a building. We can help give you a vision, putting together functional and beautiful rooms to suit your lifestyle. From here it's simpler to estimate costs and make a realistic budget.

Whether it be a single room or an entire house, space planning is a valuable investment. A well planned project is easier to execute, especially from a distance, saving time and money and stress.

Sourcing materials, artisans and art

Curated Interiors

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Italy is renowned for its creativity & design spanning from Roman artefacts to 18th century antiques, mid century modern to architectural salvage. We have a tight network of contacts and have access to an extensive and varied inventory. Tuscany is rich in natural resources and wonderful craftsmen, whose skills have been passed down through generations. They take enormous pride in the smallest detail and are very able to work to designs or create and build bespoke pieces from the same local materials that have been used for thousands of years: marble, travertine, terracotta and wood. These are all still used today and are not only in harmony with their surroundings but surprisingly adaptable to reinventing themselves for modern day use.

We believe that interiors are a reflection of their owners, but should also tell a story. We love to repurpose pieces, that remind us of its origins, roots and what better way to do than with a few 'found pieces'.

So whether you favour fine antiques, Italian 20th century design or rustic chic, we know just the place to go.

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What we offer

Here's what we can do for you...

Project management

Advise & help in the planning and management of the restoration of Tuscan rural buildings, managing building works in your absence. We have a well established, tried team of known professionals, from architects and surveyors to local artisans, and contractors.

Space Planning

An often overlooked but fundamental part of a project. Space planning is a valuable investment that can give you a vision and help plan ahead, avoiding costly errors, saving both time and money.

Commissioning local craftsmen

Italians are passionate about design and quality. We can help you find the right person for the job, whether it be a bespoke kitchen, windows and shutters, reupholstery or painting and decorating.

Competitive estimates

Assist in securing competitive estimates, assuring that everything is covered, letting you know the variables, and make sure things stay to budget.

Sourcing materials

We will help you find everything from tiles and taps, doors and drapes, that perfect piece of furniture to curating art.

Deliveries and installations

Not only can we help you source and shop but we can be on the ground to follow deliveries and installations for you.

Translations

We can translate and interpret for you, helping you understand and get through the red tape that comes with any project and is naturally more difficult in a foreign country.

Property Finder

An independent search, exclusively for you the buyer, with a specific spec sheet to meet your needs. Our mission is to find the perfect property for you.
How it came to be...

About us

Tuscan Living is an Italian-based company, built on over twenty years of experience in Tuscany property market, based just outside of Siena.

We specialize in guiding foreign property owners in the restoration and interior design of rural properties; an important and intricate collaboration of trust and understanding of your needs to create beautiful and functional homes.

Working with a team of carefully selected associates, each chosen for their particular skills and experience, Tuscan Living offers a comprehensive service: from project managing and refurbishing to sourcing materials, interior and exterior design.

Susan Pennington ‘British by birth, mid Atlantic by nature and Italian by adoption’.

A fateful trip to Tuscany led Susan astray, leaving a successful career as a specialist for a British Auction House in New York City. She found herself on an iconic estate a stones throw from Siena, and through a series of unforeseen events the planned four months turned into a longer and more involved project that anticipated... the development and management of the restoration of a hamlet for rural hospitality. This led to requests to help others co-ordinate the restoration and decoration of old rural buildings for private dwellings and the birth of Tuscan Living.

Susan’s knowledge and passion for antiques and decorative arts has also led her to work with dealers and designers from across the globe, helping them to curate collections of Italian furniture and decorative arts for their clients both at home and abroad, as well as hosting small, select bespoke groups for Tuscan lifestyle tours.

Examples of our work

Some of our projects

For many, walking into an abandoned building is overwhelming. Flooded by the sensation of the space you wanted, you don’t know just what to do, where to start. For us, an empty shell is exactly what we relish: a canvas on which to envision the possibilities to create into a home. We also enjoy the second, more detailed phase of decorating; helping to collect and place pieces that bring a space to life.

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We would love to help you out with any question you may have. Feel free to ask us anything and everything!