To my friends in Houston, the building where I live in New York is old because it dates back more than 100 years, but I doubt that would impress the couple who live in this 16th century Italian palazzo. Europeans are used to living with old things, which might help to explain the boldness and seeming effortlessness with which they blend old and new.
Tall ceilings are nice, of course, but not as nice as tall ceilings with paintings that date back 500 years. In the home's master bedroom, pictured up top, the beautifully aged ceiling imparts an old-world elegance, while the disco ball brings a bit of cheek: it's a space that's graceful but doesn't take itself too seriously.
Meanwhile, in the living room, modern furniture bring a touch of freshness and youth — but keeping said furniture to a minimum ensures that the building itself is still the main event.
Outside, rustic wood furniture seems perfectly at home on the rustic stones of the courtyard. It's a perfect place to sit and soak up the Sicilian sunshine.
To see more of the apartment, check out the full tour on HomeLife.