Appassionata’s Dawn talks transitional interior design for autumn

The clocks are going back, there’s a cooler breeze in the air and I’m beginning to dream of cosy evenings in with the family by a log fire. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite autumnal design tips to take you from summer to autumn with sophistication, style and ease.

As the designer of all the properties in the Appassionata portfolio, I take inspiration from everything I see and experience in this beautiful region throughout the year. From the sun-soaked beach during summer, to the glistening snow-topped mountains in the winter, everything influences my design direction. And, as we proudly welcome our latest property to market, the 12th century Il Riposo building, my attention is turning to seasonal interiors and how I can bring a feeling of welcoming warmth to our owner’s homes.

Here, I’ve handpicked some of my favourite transitional pieces to show you how to capture autumnal Italian ambience. So, pour yourself a cappuccino, snuggle down under a quilted throw and allow us to introduce you to the luxurious look of our latest property in Le Marche

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The first piece I adore is the restored gold leaf painted antique bed that sits in one of the master bedrooms, down the sweeping staircase to the ground floor. Alongside old brick vaults and a period-inspired roll top bath, the antique king sized bed is a scene stealing feature which combines an opulent gilded trim with authentic upholstery. Embracing one of my personal top autumnal trends, warm metallic tones, this bed is the perfect piece for a cosy and inviting space.


Another favourite, and a lovely nature-inspired piece for autumn, is the handmade light fitting in the stairway at Il Riposo. Featuring an elegant vine and leaf design in antique gold, this wall-light strikes the perfect balance between art and accessory. Combining a practical item with a dress piece, this is guaranteed to create a homely atmosphere at night, and a stylish focal point during the day.

Finally, I love the trend for natural wood within the home, especially during the colder months. To introduce this more rustic trend in a luxurious way, I’ve combined aged wood with intricate hand carved patterns. Adorning mirrors and artwork throughout the rooms at Il Riposo, these frames are painted in muted greys, creams and gold tones. I selected these hues as they’re not only perfect for autumn, but also light enough to ensure the grain and carvings can still be clearly seen for an antique finish.

Whenever we welcome a new property to market, I spend a lot of time sourcing the perfect designs and working with local artisans in the region to ensure a high end, yet characterful finish. Now complete, we can’t wait to welcome the owners to Il Riposo – and if you’d like to see even more of our interior design ideas, you can watch our brand new Il Riposo video tour here.


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