Plate Wall, Old-World Edition:
Villa Ugo In Tuscany

Last week, I had a luck-of-a-lifetime stay in a 16th-Century villa in Tuscany. I'd love to show you all my photos, but this plate wall seemed particularly Apartment Therapy-esque. We've discussed countless ways to make hanging plates look modern: our favorite plate cluster walls, the best plate hangers, spray-painted plates, and my very own winter plate wall. This old-world display makes no attempts to be modern, and is all the better for it...Villa Ugo in Cortona, Italy, is full of such timeless and tasteful wonders, and I was lucky enough to eat many delicious meals while gazing at this wall. Of course, the thing that really makes this display is the amazing ceiling. The plates are beautiful and the collection is impressive, but the juxtaposition of delicately painted ceramics and ancient, solid wood is what makes it so perfect. I could buy plates 'till the cows come home but there's no way I could recreate this in my California studio apartment. Still, it's nice to dream, and maybe someday I'll live in an old (but probably not old by Italian standards) house and will be able to rock a similar look.

(Image: Tess Wilson. Please forgive the slightly strange cropping of this photo. We spent the week preparing for & recovering from a wedding, and just out of the shot are favors-in-progress, piles of cameras, bachelorette party swag, and everybody's nail polish.)

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