In the courtyard gallery garden at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, landscape designer Megan Van Linda pays homage to the Venice Biennale, the biennial, internationally acclaimed exhibition of contemporary art in Italy. A custom mural by San Francisco artist The Apexer and a modern lounger add contemporary flair to the Italianate architecture of the home.
This 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom villa is a short distance from Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, Italy. Its large grounds are a mix of green lawns, lush vegetation and many outdoor areas from which to enjoy the amazingly scenic surroundings.
A contemporary soaker bathtub is a relaxing spot with views of a flat-screen TV and the outdoors. Behind the tub, a door opens up like garage door and allows the bath to feel like it's outside. It was the first of its kind to be installed in the United States from Italy.
With its sculptural sofas and striking black chandelier, the living room of this Auckland, New Zealand, home strikes a balance between formality and whimsy. The four-story mansion, designed by renowned architect Greg Noble, incorporates materials sourced from around the world, from China to Italy to India.
In his family's home in northern Italy, designer Brian Boitano of The Brian Boitano Project transforms a dark space into a rustic Italian bathroom. As a nod to the home's heritage, Brian leaves areas of the home's original stone walls exposed while stone vessel sinks and a zinc tub add to the bathroom's Old World feel.
The sun-soaked town of Portofino, Italy was once a small fishing village. Now it attracts the yachts-and-summer-home crowd. A Mediterranean villa clings to the hillside, built in a style that launched a thousand McMansions in the United States.
The unique master bedroom features a wall of book-matched marble from Italy and a panoramic view of the landscape. The house sits on four acres and is surrounded by 20 additional acres of estate. Remote-controlled blinds, which can be operated via smartphone, provide additional privacy when desired, as seen on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms.