In a recent New York Times T Magazine, we loved the a former Tuscan convent restored by designer Holly Lueders and her photographer daughter, Venetia Sacret Young, largely by their own hands. They sewed much of the textiles themselves, like this rustic-chic bedspread with it’s unexpected, huge panels. We’re going to try it by sewing vertical or horizontal seams at 12 to 15-inch intervals on a heavy king linen sheet OR perhaps sew panels of fabric together.

The lace bed skirt is a perfect contrast, and lovely if you don’t need to hide anything under the bed.

We spotted some other clever ideas for using textiles in their rustic convent:

The pillow cover on the ladderback chair seems to be made by folding the fabric like a package or gift around the insert and stitching it…

Oberto Gil/New York Times
Oberto Gil/New York Times

We love the curtains hung from a branch (or perhaps it is a piece of bamboo), and the too-long skirt on the side table. (The array of prints tacked on the wall sans frames make for a kind of wallpaper….

Oberto Gil/New York Times
Oberto Gil/New York Times


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One thought on “Clever Textile Ideas to DIY from a Restored Tuscan Convent

  1. To just sit at that fireplace and heal.

    Thank you for the inspiration / link .

    ps . back from the page, that ‘living room from another angle’ : another good example of different perspectives (change a room )

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