Updating garish tuscan style. Ideas please!

tootuscanJune 8, 2014

Ive just bought a house, furniture and all, that is way overdone tuscan. I know ill be limited by all the stone and iron, but can anyone give me leads on some designers or sites that might be helpful in transforming a Tuscan monstrosity into something more tasteful? I know lots of high end homes were built like this 10 years ago, surely there must be lots of people trying to back away form this look.
A sample of what I'm dealing with

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lolasanders

Which tool do you use for the design? Seems so reality.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 4:29AM
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DreamingoftheUP

Actually, I don't think it looks all that bad. The wagon wheel on the ceiling and the fringe skirt on the sofa would drive me nuts.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 6:48AM
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tibbrix

Drapes and the rods gotta go, as does the wagon wheel on the ceiling. FP is gorgeous…except for the TV over it. TVs over Fps is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

However, this isn't the actual house the poster is writing about, so it's hard to give opinions w/o seeing the real thing.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 6:56AM
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kswl2

In the short term I would take the curtains down and use the same rods for white curtains, make white slipcovers for sofa and chairs, and paint the walls white. With any luck you may be able to pull off British Colonial. I wouldn't mess with the beams until you know exactly what you're doing to the house. It's unfortunate that we Americans seem to always associate a radiating pattern with wagon wheels (possibly due to our repeated exposure to depictions of Conestoga wagons when learning about the westward expansion of our country, lol?) but it is clear from the photo that the beams follow the shape of the room, so they'd get a pass from me while I changed everything else.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:08AM
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Linda

I don't think it's the radiating pattern; I think it's the hub in the middle that makes it look like a wagon wheel. Same exact design on both this and a wheel.

Linda

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:20AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

If that's one of your rooms, it's not that bad. I'd change out the furnishings, the drapes and the light fixture. Paint the walls a non-Tuscan color like a soft gray. The rest I would embrace. Add pieces of more contemporary furniture with stronger lines to stand up to the boldness of the tuscan design and it will lighten the look and feel substantially.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:21AM
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nosoccermom

Well, let's see. Tuscan style in a more authentic and lightened way:

Simple and sturdy furnishing. Get rid of any of the frills, tassels, fringes, etc. Get white slip covers.

Get rid of as many of the embellished iron accents as possible or streamline.

Colors: Get rid of the strong terracotta or strong yellow. Get white/off white.

Walls/floors; No faux paint treatments or stencils. If there are rough plaster walls, I'd keep them for now. If there are terracotta, stone floors, etc., I'd keep them. Put area rugs over them. Orientals or sea grass.

Accents: Get rid of the wrought-iron accessories and light fixtures. The fake wine leaves.

Windows: Bare windows or minimal treatments.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:41AM
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allison0704

That should be called American Faux Tuscan. If you've been to Tuscany, the houses look more like what nosoccermom posted.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:47AM
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gsciencechick

I don't mind the "wagon wheel" at all. I would take down the heavy drapes and put in something lighter. If you could remove the fringe from the sofa, that would be good, too. I do like the curved sofa. Maybe slipcovers could work for it?

I would also try to lessen the gold/brown in the room. It's very monochromatic.

The floors look really nice! Love the fireplace, too. I'm also not a fan of the TV above the fireplace. If you even need a TV in that space, I'd find another spot for it.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:55AM
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daisychain01

How about looking at Brooke Gianetti's blog? Her style is maybe more Belgian or Italian, but similar and, to my mind, classier and more authentic than the American Tuscan look.

Here is a link that might be useful: velvet and linen

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 9:56AM
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crl_

In general, I would just think lighter and simpler. Removing trim from furniture and getting rid of heavy fabric and going with lighter feeling drapes, etc would make a big difference.

I'd imagine the kitchen would be the biggest challenge, as some of the faux tucsan kitchens were really ornate with tile work and heavy cabinets, which probably can't be easily or cheaply transformed. So I'd leave the kitchen for a while until I figured out the overall direction for the house and was ready to remodel.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 10:49AM
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yayagal

I'd hire someone to white wash the beams to match the tones in the fireplace and also the mantle. By that I mean a wash that will let the wood show through but it won't be dark. That will make any vestige of Tuscan disappear. Check out Sarah Richardsons's site online. Her living room has the light beams.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:02AM
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tootuscan

I'm laughing at the "wagon wheel". I sent a link to the when Harry met Sally wagon wheel table clip to my kids.
That, in fact, is the actual house. Im interested in how much you seem to agree - can I really slipcover such lumbering pieces? Nosoccermom, I would love to get rid of the wrought iron but there is so much it's probably not in the budget.
Love your ideas... Going to look at Brooke guanetti's blog. Any others? And do I just paint the beams?

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crl_

I would leave the beams for now. If you paint them, it's very difficult to go back. So I would do other things first and see how you feel about the beams after living there for awhile. Beams definitely appear in other styles so depending on your direction they may fit it okay.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:07AM
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butterfly4u

Toot,
Just getting rid of the wagon wheel and the drapes and rods will really make you feel better about the room immediately.
That wagon wheel is horrid!
Ugh!
I would be tearing it down myself, having to look at that every time I walked into the room, and the ceiling is tray and not made for that stupid wagon wheel.
Wait and see how much better the room looks without the wheel and drapes and drapery rods.
Your going to be shocked.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:18AM
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musicgal

If you have ceiling beams, check them up close to see if they are wood, solid or constructed. Many beams are faux and easy to take down if you don't like the look. If they are wood, you can use a wash to lighten them up as was suggested by another poster.
The furniture may not be to your taste but someone may pay you well for pieces if they like that style, and there are many that do. I would say, sell what you like least and slipcover (for now) the rest.
I am currently buying iron accent pieces for our new house, so people are still out there in the market for stuff. For example, in your sample picture I would not buy the tasseled sofa, but I would buy the curved rods.
Lighten up your paint and get rid of any dark patterned fabric you don't like and you will quickly have a different atmosphere in your rooms. Best wishes.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:21AM
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arkansas_girl

What yayagal said! I actually think the room is pretty. What I don't like is the TV and the rug OH and the little square or rectangle coffee table.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:30AM
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teacats

Two words: White Paint .....

Just teasing! But a far more neutral palette will really lighten, brighten and freshen those rooms ...... to add a visual balance then add textures like wood, baskets, metals, pottery of all sorts .....

Here is a link to a wonderful pin board .... obviously color could be added to these rooms through accessories like rugs, artworks etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pinterest -- pin board of light fresh rooms

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tootuscan

Crl, kitchen is a real challenge. It adjoins this room. I think that I will post a photo of it here in a new message thread to see if any of you have any ideas. I thought of painting some of the cabinetry...

Do others of you agree that I might be able to pull off French colonial? Thank you, Arkansas girl and others for cheering me up- feeling A bit discouraged now.

And about the floors, they are bad. Beautiful mahogany with so much poly on them they look plastic. It seems like they don't bother you so much, as long as I can cover them somewhat?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:55AM
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nosoccermom

Well, if that's the actual house, I'd get rid of the curtains, curtain rods, TV above fireplace, that rod iron decoration above the fireplace, and the light fixture.

Paint the walls a lighter color, take the fringe of the sofa, slipcover. Get a different coffee table.

Depending on how valuable the chairs are, I'd either sell them, or recover the seat with something lighter.

There's just so much brown. I'd get lighter color.

On the other hand, there must have been something about this house that you liked. I'd try to go for a more lighter Mediterranean beach house look.

Also, it looks like you have a great view, so even more reason to get rid of all the heavy and claustrophobic window treatments.

Rustic Living Room by Ojai Architects & Designers Maraya Interior Design

Mediterranean Bedroom by Scottsdale Design-Build Firms Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes

Mediterranean Bedroom by La Jolla Architects & Designers Marengo Morton Architects

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    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:55AM
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Patricia43

Take the drapes down, paint like Annie D suggested and see the difference. I like the sofa, but I don't like the upholstery. If you like the sofa, think slipcovers. I do like the side chairs. You will have to paint or upholster them to make them work. This lady has a great blog on transforming furnishings from heavy to light and vise versa. I am not suggesting anything she has is anything like yours but she has some very good ideas about transforming and has redone several houses in which she lived and for others.

http://maisondecor8.blogspot.com/

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:01PM
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forboystoo

The beams are throughout the whole house so I wouldn't start there.
I imagine the Venetian Plaster on the walls where very expensive so I would probably put that off 'till later.
Take down all the heavy window coverings .
Remove the plants.
There are a lot of iron pieces,like the sconces and such, that can be changed out to make things less heavy.
Start with the small stuff and work your way-up to the major changes.

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tootuscan

First of all, I am so grateful to all of you for your opinion and ideas. For those of you who suggest slipcovers, you should know that the sofa and chairs are crazy oversized. But they look okay in the room. Would they look like white whales slipcovers? I would like to cover, for money reasons, if I could get away with it. I do like the curve of the sofa . Nosoccermom, I love the pictures, especially the last few. I wish I had the clean fireplace lines.

If you are asking what I liked about the house? Build quality, location and view view view!!! For a flatland farm girl it's like heaven up there.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:11PM
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mitchdesj

I'm actually renovating a similar house in Florida, not as heavy on wrought iron and carved wood as yours, but the first step was removing all the tasselled velvet drapes and heavy valances, painting everything white with an ivory sweeping over the plaster walls, and we replaced all the big cans with a lesser quantity of more strategically placed tiny led lights,
it's already a huge improvement and the house is breathing better and more lightly. Just changing the lighting was a lengthy and expensive process, I have to admit. Now the ceilings are getting a coat of plaster skimming to hide all the previous holes.

Even if you only paint all the walls a very crisp off white, you would see a big difference.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:19PM
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nosoccermom

I think the fireplace is not a problem. Just pick the lightest color from the stones for your wall paint.

If you're worried about white whales, why don't you get some white sheets and see what you think? I mean, now you have brown walrusses :)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:40PM
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tootuscan

Mitchdesj- did you have to paint over waxed plaster? This house is heavily waxed. If so, how much prep was done?

I like your sheet idea, nosoccermom. It seems the first step is to paint, and to take it from there. Here are some more photos

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nosoccermom

The previous owners seem to have liked brown and TVs in weird places.

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anele_gw

It is a pretty house. I would not slipcover. Sofa will look like a whale, as you said. Leave as is. I would probably get simple WTs, because the current ones are detracting from those gorgeous windows. Maybe no curtains, if possible. Floors are fine. Get a really old, beautiful rug. Go for timeworn elegance. It is an elegant home, so play it up. Just try to aim for the "old money" look instead of new.

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missingtheobvious

The color of the curved sofa in the first photo ties in with the fireplace stone, not the wall color. That makes it an asset, to my mind. Though the fringe isn't an asset! So ...

What's under the fringe on the sofa? Are the legs acceptable? How is the fringe attached?

Could the fringe be removed and replaced with wide braid (to hide the area where the fringe was attached)?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:47PM
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athomeinvagw

From what I can see, this house is an example of fairly cohesive design. The exterior, interior, and furnishings all suite each other, and although they lean a bit faux-Tuscan and some pieces are a bit overdone, they are not that bad for the overall feel of the house. Now, if you go slipcovering some pieces and painting bits of cabinetry to try to make the house something it is not, then you will have a real mess. You can easily lighten the wall color, remove some of the over done items, like the curtains and decorative iron pieces, and make the space feel a bit lighter but the house was designed to have the substantial visual weight of the dark wood and stone so it will never be a light, airy, wispy house.

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tootuscan

Missingtheobvious...
That is interesting. You are right about the color- I hadn't noticed it. Tell me more- what shade of white should I paint that would tie in with the fireplace. I don't know about the legs. I'm not at the house now. But lots of the furniture was built for the house so i suspect the legs are unfinished. That's why they wanted to sell it furnished.
They did like lots of tvs! The game room not shown has 4! In their defense, there is hardly any wall space because of all the windows and doors, so they mounted them where they could. Please look at my second posted photo of kitchen if anyone can. Why is the woodwork 2 colors????

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tootuscan

Athhomeinva!!! My friend said to me: if you try to fight that house, it will win. You bring up just what I'm afraid of. The house is fully developed in one theme (unfortunately I theme I dislike) . So , any person still on this long thread - at what point do I go overboard: paint the walls is okay, but leave the kitchen cabinets? Paint the beams, What about taking the beams down? At what point do I create the mess athomeinva warns of?
Thank you all for your considered feedback!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 2:09PM
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Boopadaboo

I have to say, I kind of like it. :) Looks more formal to me. Not anything particular. I would start with paint the walls lighter and putting lighter drapes on if you feel the existing ones are too heavy. Then see if you really need to do anything else.

I think you are right that you cant fight it too much without spending a fortune!

And I love the fringe (if you dont have cats)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 2:14PM
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nosoccermom

You know looking at the curved sofa color and the first picture in the row of pictures, it looks like a very similar color, so the fringe may be all that needs to go. If the legs are unfinished, they should be very easy to stain. (Bright white slipcovers obviously wouldn't work, but maybe a creamy linen.)

I would just starting to remove things (drapes, iron decoration, rugs), the furniture, paint with a light shade pulled from the fireplace, and then start putting things back in.

I can't see two different colors of the woodwork.

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tootuscan

You all have such good eyes- I never would have noticed the color match of the sofas. The two wood colors are in the kitchen- reddish island and yellowy grey cabinets. Also the floors are so red and shiny and the room trim flat brown. I guess they were trying to match the islands to the floors?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 2:32PM
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Happyladi

I agree it's a bit dark and brown but otherwise I think it's very nice- I wish my house looked this bad! I like the rug, it's a little lighter and has a bit of color.

Are the tops of the windows curved? Can the drapes be opened up so more of the windows show? Maybe shorten them so they don't puddle? Consider replacing some of the pillows on the sofa with some with muted color rather than just browns.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 2:33PM
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chispa

tootuscan, all the wood/trim in a room doesn't have to be an exact match. The beams in my house are much darker than my floors and cabinets. My trim is white.

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teacats

Paint color to consider ......

Here is a link that might be useful: BM -- Alabaster OC-129

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 4:17PM
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teacats

Another color tone to think about .....

Here is a link that might be useful: BM - Fieldstone 1558

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Patricia43

Must slipcovers be white to appear as beached whales? There is no such thing as hopsacking color which could be close to the color of your stones, and you could paint a color (not white) but lighter to blend with your fireplace.

I WOULD NOT remove the beams. I think you would come to regret that, perhaps in more ways than one.

I still think you could get ideas from some of the wonderful blogs on the net on ways to soften the coloration and not totally demolish your home or furnishings.

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teacats

And yet another possible shade .....

Here is a link that might be useful: BM -- Coventry Gray HC-169

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 4:20PM
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teacats

.... and of course .... fresh true white for walls and ceilings and trim and beams .....

Here is a link that might be useful: BM -- Ultra White CC-10

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Patricia43

Between Google and Pinterest, for for Tuscan Home Renovation, there are hundreds of pictures therein.

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tootuscan

Tea cats, that you for color suggestions - will test them all. Patricia 43, please suggest any blogs that you might be thinking of. I did see this , which makes me think the white slipcovers could work after all. Also it gives me hope that some of the grotesque iron work could be downplayed.

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tootuscan

Patricia43, when I have googled tuscan home renovation, or tuscan rehab, or tuscan update, or dated tuscan or terrible tuscan, I find people that are converting their houses to tuscan, not away from tuscan!
I'd appreciate all site suggestions!

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mitchdesj

no wax, tootuscan, sorry I can't help with that. My walls were replastered with a smooth hand.

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kswl2

The upholstered pieces as they are now already look like foreboding sea creatures, I think white--- or slightly off white--- whales would be an improvement :-)

If you change the hanging lighting to something less Mediterranean and paint everything lighter and slip the furniture (all of it in the same color) you may then get an idea of what to do with the kitchen.

And unless you have a lot of time and are a very experienced renovator, I would call a designer in to give you a solid direction and plan you can then implement yourself. If you do this job in a piecemeal fashion it may always look like an amateur reno.

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tootuscan

So you agree with a prior comment- slipcovers might be a whale, but now it's a walrus!
I can't replace all the lights, this is just a small part of a very big house and that would be just too many fixtures. That's the problem- how to work with these fixed elements. The exception is the beams, those I can't stand and have to paint stain or remove.

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jterrilynn

Here ya go...just add color and stuff. You have a great house! Windows are a bit wingy but you get the idea.

DECO MISSION?


edited to add drapes and rug

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Patricia43

I think paint and elimination of the items mentioned is a very good start.

I don't understand why slip covers have to be white, as mentioned above. Do they not have fabrics any longer in colors such as hopsacking, linen or stone?

Just the things that have been mentioned like bringing down and downplaying wall colors, removing the overtop draperies, painting the walls.

http://markdsikes.com/2013/12/01/more-givenchy-style/

http://markdsikes.com/2011/11/27/givenchy-style/. See the large white sofa which appears slipcovered. These spaces are large and deliberate but have been redesigned to give them a more European and not such a stoic Tuscany look.

http://theartoftheroom.com/blog/

Look through these spaces and when you find something that you "feel," copy it, save all these ideas to a folder before you approach a designer about what you want. Just get ideas from what you see. Nothing can be totally copied into your home but it can be used in a way that can transform your house to a home that you can enjoy. It is probably going to take a lot of work just going through pictures finding what you want, but isn't it worth it?
http://peekingthruthesunflowers.blogspot.com/

cotedetexas.blogspot.com

I googled pictures of renovations of a more modern and updated look from what you have. Your look is very overdone which you know that and that is what you are trying to redo.

http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2013-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&updated-max=2014-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=50

For older posts (if you don't find something on cotedetexas, scroll down and look on the right side for her older posts. There are a bazillion of high-end homes with European looks.

http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-05-31T03:09:00-05:00&max-results=1&start=1&by-date=false

If you wish to work with renovation, meaning changing structural items, you need an interior designer who, as stated, has a degree from a school of architecture and who works with redesign of existing structures, unlike an architect who designs new structures and cities.

I listed 2-3 days of cotedetexas blog but she has been blogging for 7 years and she has a lot of spaces to look through. Much of hers is French and some Italian but you can work with the Tuscany look you have down to a French look if it is done properly. You just need to do a lot of searching.

If you do not find anything on CotedeTexas blog,

http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-06-03T01:47:00-05:00&max-results=1

This is not going to be a quick fix but I think you knew that when you asked.

Keep googling. Most of those Tuscany renovations you saw were not as overdone as yours, so just keep looking at those. Many are probably at the ;point you want to be. If you try too hard to change this, you might as well sell the house and buy something else. Cosmetic works seem your best bet. I would not go into structural stuff like removing the beams and changing walls. I would first of all remove draperies and look at the pictures on some of these blogs. There are hundreds out there. Decide what direction you want to go. Make decisions about paint and about the upholstery or purchase of a new sofa. Paint, sofa and window treatments will make major changes for now. When you see how that looks, then ease into what you wish to do.

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Patricia43

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/color-gallery#&ce_vm=2&ce_col=OW

Off-white colors from Benjamin Moore

www.houzz.com offers 137,000-plus Tuscany home pictures, most of which are not as "garish" as what you describe, and one of my particular favorites showed a sofa like yours minus the fringe, one slipcovered (oh, yes, in white), one with the wrought iron intact and sage color used in the room. Just a multitude of ideas but it gives me much to look for/at, when I am unable to sleep secondary to muscle spasms. So, thanks for the project.

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Patricia43

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4173700/list/MODERN-TUSCAN-HOME-RENOVATION

Lots of ideas here from "garish" to clean and updated.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 6:18AM
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nosoccermom

I like the picture you posted at 17:56, and agree that there are a lot of inspiration pictures at Cote de Texas. Also, look for Provence style.

I actually like the beams, especially if they are part of a lighter and brighter overall scheme.

It'll never be contemporary and streamlined, but it can look great with a mixture of rustic and cleaner lines.

Beach Style Dining Room by San Clemente Architects & Designers James Glover Residential & Interior Design

Beach Style Living Room by San Clemente Architects & Designers James Glover Residential & Interior Design

Beach Style Bedroom by Woodinville Architects & Designers eric gedney : ARCHITECT

Contemporary Living Room by Downers Grove Design-Build Firms Oakley Home Builders
And, yes, I'd probably look into more linen or stone/gray slipcovers.

This post was edited by nosoccermom on Mon, Jun 9, 14 at 17:05

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juliekcmo

I think it just needs a LOT of tweaking and it will be fabulous.

I think that I would use California Mission Style as my goal.

Take a look at the Parent Trap movie and the blog Cote de Texas for inspiration. And dare I say it? Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. Also Sunset Magazine.

Essentially, it is fine to have ornate things, just not layers and layers of them. Right now, the eye is bombarded in a way that is too overstimulating.

Specific things to do:
Get the Red and Gold out of the accessories as much as possible. Re-mat pictures to a linen color. Got a red lampshade? Paint it or change it out. Got a red rug? If it is a nice rug, turn it over and show the "needle point" side, or layer a sisal on top. Eliminate the extra fussiness, like the fringe on the sofa, the 8 or 9 pillows that are all different but in the same color way, the

Candles, vases, pillows, art, lamps, Start There. The drapes, while they look quite expensive, are very dominant. I would take them down and see if that changes the focus on the room from dark fabrics, to the natural view and open-lightness.

And as what to add, I think that scale will be difficult in this space due to the heights and curves. I would remove as much as you are willing, and then take a fresh look before adding in anything.

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Patricia43

A primer on painting over the waxed walls.

http://www.ehow.com/how_8047451_wax-paint.html

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:53AM
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awm03

Yes, yes, yes to juliekcmo's suggestion to go California Mission style. It would be a logical segue for this house, from tacky Tuscan to the spare elegance of California Mission. Not that the house itself is tacky -- there are so many beautiful features to work with -- but there are a lot of disposable accessories that are choking the look, and the current colors are heavy looking. Please have a look at the link below to get an idea of California Mission. It is a graceful style that works with your home's architecture and with iron, wood, & stone.

Here is a link that might be useful: Maraya Interior Design

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 8:05AM
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awm03

Another link from the same designer. Wagon wheel in the stairwell -- and lots of iron too!

This is gorgeous:

Here is a link that might be useful: Maraya -- Santa Barbara home

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 8:14AM
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athomeinvagw

I am not going to beat around the bush, it is very easy to google your images and find the listing for the house. Seeing how big the house is and how extensive the ornate fixtures are, you will need to spend a lot of money for any major change.
California Mission style would be a nice direction for your house, but this look would mean selling a lot of the current furnishings and some major money in fixes, even just having someone paint all of those waxed walls is going to take a good chunk of change. Really, in a house as large and expensive as yours it is a good idea to get a firm direction in which to head and then get professional help... meaning this house is way out of the league of an internet decorating forum, there is no easy fix that we can suggest and help implement on a whole house level that isn't going to look half-assed.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 9:14AM
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tinam61

I like Anele's ideas. Work with what you've got, not against it.

For starters, I would paint, remove that rug, remove what iron pieces you can, etc. Before slipcovering, I would see if it is possible to remove the fringe and if so, try that and pillows in new colors. Remove the heavy window coverings.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:09AM
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tinam61

I like Anele's ideas. Work with what you've got, not against it.

For starters, I would paint, remove that rug, remove what iron pieces you can, etc. Before slipcovering, I would see if it is possible to remove the fringe and if so, try that and pillows in new colors. Remove the heavy window coverings.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:21AM
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nancybee_2010

I think athomeinva at 9:14 is right, and wise. It could become overwhelming!

I don't think it's garish at all, just overdone, and there are lots of lovely things about it too.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:06AM
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lazy_gardens

My friend said to me: if you try to fight that house, it will win. You bring up just what I'm afraid of. The house is fully developed in one theme

There's the the theme "decor" - the colors and the materials and shapes - and there's the underlying style of the house.

The house style is generic "rustic" contemporary. Iron, stone, exposed wood ... quite flexible.

The colors are "muddy" muted browns and greens. The materials are heavy and fringed and ornate. That's the "tuscan" theme.

Here's how to exorcise the Tuscan demons: Use lighter or cleaner color on furniture and window coverings (pale sheers or shiny thin silk on those rods would look nice), white frosted glass shades on light fixtures instead of the yellowish glass. Add some clean, intense accent colors.

Paler or cleaner light colors on the walls ... if it's true waxed Venetian plaster, you might have to pick your battles on repainting. You have to scrub off the wax, then sand, then repaint.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 12:41PM
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lazy_gardens

Tell me more- what shade of white should I paint that would tie in with the fireplace.

Pick one of the light colors from the travertine floor, or a shade that is a couple lighter than the fireplace. You'll have to get a bunch of chips and tape them on various stones to get in the ballpark. A tapue-cream or maybe extremely pale gray.

With the wrought iron fixtures, don't be afraid to paint them if you think a light color or a bright color would work. Unlike wood, they are easy to strip back to the metal. Also, see of some of the ornateness can be removed, if it's too gaudy. Typically these fixtures have a frame that supports the lights, and then varying amounts of decorative elements are bolted or welded on ... unbolt bits or use a hacksaw and metal-cutting blade to remove tawdry gew-gaws that offend you, then file it smooth.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:05PM
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suero

Look at Diane Burn's decorating style. Her favorite wall color appears to be similar to yours, but the net effect of the rooms are much lighter than yours.

Here is a link that might be useful: Diane Burn

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:11PM
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violetwest

very interesting design dilemma. I so hate the faux "Tuscans R Us" packaged themes which are so ubiquitous. I think everyone has the right idea -- work with the style of the house, and try to lighten/fresh up.

BTW, the original Parent Trap had one of my time favorite homes - the mid-century ranch inhabited by Brian Keith as the dad.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:18PM
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schicksal

I agree with athomeinva
>>From what I can see, this house is an example of fairly cohesive design

It looks that way to me, inside and out. In order to really have it turn out well, and at that price point I'd enlist the help of an expert. Don't get me wrong, there are some basic things that can be done but to pull off a whole-house redecoration is a much bigger challenge.

>>Patricia43, when I have googled tuscan home renovation, or tuscan rehab, or tuscan update, or dated tuscan or terrible tuscan, I find people that are converting their houses to tuscan, not away from tuscan!
I'd appreciate all site suggestions!

Try using search tools to show only results from the last year or two. That should eliminate all of the hits from the last decade and give you much better results.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:19PM
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allison0704

The house needs color - bring in the ocean colors (fabulous view!!) - blues, greens, sand. Mission tile on the stairs is a a great suggestion - pull colors from there. Warm up the place. Curtains need to come down and leave bare everywhere you can. Sell or donate (tax write off) the rugs and buy some with color and/or texture. Painting the walls a lighter color would be a great start, even with texture on the walls. Move around or donate things like plants and all the pottery in foyer. The house has a lot of brown/tan furniture (upholstery and case goods). Lighten it up by changing it out or having pieces painted. Bring in antique/vintage furniture, accessories, fabrics and artwork to give the house character and make it your own.

We have dark floors, beams, windows and trim with Sherwin Williams Moderate White. It photographs much whiter than it is in real life. Here's a photo that's about spot on with the color. Have since added Belgian Linen curtains due to sun during winter afternoon/sunsetting:

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:49PM
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junco East Georgia zone 8a

FIrst--find out if the walls are waxed. Lazygardens and others have warned of the expense of what is needed to paint over wax. There is no point in continually advising the OP to paint the walls if that is not really feasible. And the existing wall colors are pretty neutral on my computer.
Second--remove as many of the decorative objects as you can. Move on to drapes and rugs. Then see how it looks.
Third--schedule a consultation with a designer to help you continue.

Good luck, the view is lovely, and so is the house!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 5:22PM
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sixtyohno

The house is big and all in that faux decorating mode. I would find a designer so you have an overarching plan for the whole house. Even if you don't do it all at once, you will have a direction.
The views are gorgeous and the house will be too.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 8:28PM
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juliekcmo

Well,
I don't think you necessarily need to engage a decorator or designer if you feel up to the task yourself. Just because the home is larger, doesn't mean it is beyond your efforts if you are inclined to doing it yourself.

But I do think that analysis of what is the house per se, and then what is the layer of decor is what should be done first.

Then eliminate the decor you don't want. You have gotten a lot of suggestions here regarding that.

Then add in what you would like instead.

The good news is that removing things is usually free, and can be un-done if you change your mind.

After you remove what isn't working for you (probably all nick nacks, pictures, plants, and drapes.) Then take new pictures and look at them for evaluation of what the space needs to work for you.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:00AM
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MagdalenaLee

This seems like a project you should take very slowly. Delete one item at a time. You can do a couple of things, like removing the curtains and painting (might have to call in a pro but I think you can use chalk paint over wax), that will have a dramatic effect. Also, I would really consider removing the more ornate, over-the-top Tuscan light fixtures. Maybe just do a room at a time and choose fixtures with just a hint of Tuscan but with cleaner lines so that they will coordinate with the existing fixtures. Good luck!

Here's a mock-up:

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:59AM
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Patricia43

About waxed walls and the expense: If the OP has purchased this house and did not take into consideration the price of painting, then something is needed besides decorating help.

There is a recipe for painting over waxed walls above and paint is the very least expensive item that will make the most difference. We all have to paint from time to time.

Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, I do not have such a large and expensive home to paint but had I bought one, I suppose I could afford to paint the interior. Goodness me.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 10:21AM
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tootuscan

Thank you all for so many good ideas. I will be going through the suggested websites and have already seem some realistic models. Patricia43 thank you for so many good leads. what a great idea to google search only in the last year or two to eliminate all the early tuscan -trend homes, I never would have though of that. it really works.

I'm not sure that just because the house is big and expensive that it is fundamentally different than other projects I've seen on these boards. I'm not sending a man to the moon. In the end, it's just a sofa, chairs and a sectional. I'm limited by the floor, fireplace,fixtures- as in any house. Whether or not I work on it myself, I need to have a concept I can express, that I'm aiming for. Now I have a method to move towards that concept. Start with paint, streamline and see what is really a fixed part of the house itself, not just fringe. Get rid of what is universally classified as bad ( curtains, fringe, wall color and wagon wheel).

And while I may, in the end, hire a designer, you can be sure that that would be after I closely look at all of those sconces with a screwdriver and a sawz-all in hand (thank you lazy gardens for that tip,) I may even present my daughter with a file and a hacksaw for her graduation present this weekend!

And chalk paint over wax. If that works....amazing!!!! That alone is an example of the collective knowledge of this board. I am going to start by removing the curtains and painting. Using the undertones in the stone as a guide. Then I will come back here... Until then I'll periodically check if anyone has an idea or a photo to share. Let's see how it goes!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:28AM
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junco East Georgia zone 8a

Good luck!
Please let us know how you proceed with the painting.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 1:47PM
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forboystoo

Stay away from chalk paint on the walls.
The best thing to do is contact a Venetian Plaster Master in your area.
It all depends on the type of plaster and the way it was applied ,
how it was burnished and sealed .
A Master Plaster dealing with the venetian style can give you the reality of it all.
The next time you're at the house remove the window coverings and let us have a look-see.
I'm guessing that that alone will make a grand difference.

You have a beautiful home and I agree "views,views,views".

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:59AM
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Patricia43

forboystoo, I don't think this recipe is for chalk paint.
Instructions
1 Apply degreaser over the wax on the surface. Apply a thick layer using an old rag. Allow the degreaser to set for five to 10 minutes.

2
Scrub wax off the surface using a scrub brush. Choose a plastic-bristle brush, as a metal wire brush may damage the surface. Work up and down, side to side, and in a circular motion to penetrate the wax from all directions.

3
Sand the surface with 80-grit sandpaper once the degreaser is dry. Remove any remaining wax from the surface. Wipe the surface clean with a damp rag.

4
Prime over the surface with a wall primer that is able to cover waxed surfaces. Use brands such as Kilz and Zinsser Bulls-Eye 1-2-3, which claim to cover small amounts of wax left on surfaces. Apply an even coating of primer over the entire surface using a paint roller. Allow primer to dry for two hours and apply a second coating.

5
Paint over the surface with wall paint. Roll an even layer of paint over the entire surface using a paint roller. Avoid leaving excess paint on the wall, as it can cause runs. Allow paint to dry for one to two hours and apply a second coat if necessary.

Related Searches
References

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_8047451_wax-paint.html#ixzz34IwUqzzG

The only reference to the chalk paint was to the website of a lady who sells chalk paint for furniture, not for walls, and she has painted houses, not with chalk paints, but with regular latex paint to give them a new look. Sorry if I confused you. I do that often.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:14AM
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Cook4

I don't really have anything to add but I'm looking forward to seeing your updated pictures!

I DO agree that simple steps, like removing the heavy window coverings and a change of accessories, can make a big difference. It amazes me that someone would cover those windows when you have such an awesome view! Unless they were consumed with wanting privacy?

I love the different ceiling treatments, but some form of whitewashing, paint, etc could easily tone down the stark contrast of light and dark with the ceiling and beams.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you do with the place!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:17AM
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forboystoo

No Patricia ...That is the recipe for removing wax.
I read your link....
Using chalk paint was in reference to MagdalenaLee.(9:59)
She posted right above you.
Right below you Tootuscan then mentioned it in her last paragraph.(11:28)

Chalk paint,although it goes over wax,comes with it's own set of problems on walls ....like more wax !

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:44AM
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pricklypearcactus

First of all, love the windows! I agree that everything is a bit too overdone, too brown, and too faux-distressed. But I see good bones! I like the fireplace and the rich wood trim/cabinets and stone floors.

For me, the first thing to go would be those drapes and the drapery rods. From there I'd say the place needs some color. That much brown would make me depressed. I'd look at repainting something less brown/beige. I'd either replace the sofa or maybe see if the fringe could be removed. Call me crazy, but I don't mind the "wagon wheel" and rather of like the ceiling beams throughout. I think the problem is that the lighting is too "heavy" and intricate. I'd look to replace the lighting with something more sleek, but maybe still in the iron finish. I like a lot of the iron light fixtures from Restoration Hardware. They're not quite so heavy.

I love the suggestions for sort of a "beachy" look with linens, whites, etc. I think color would be great, but some soft, light furniture would also help lighten up the place. Depending on budget, your new home looks like a really fun decorating project!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 5:20PM
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Patricia43

apologies, forboystoo. I love your name. I am a boy mom.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 6:03PM
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Patricia43

OP, tootuscan, please go to her blog and see if there is any assistance she may be able to offer.

http://ahouseromance.blogspot.com/2013/07/chatting-with-leslie-sinclair-of.html

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:26AM
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deee_gw

Do you have any furniture consignment stores in your area? We have one that sells custom drapes and bedding, accessories, art and furniture. Since you have so much, the store would probably pick up your unwanted things.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:20AM
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schicksal

You'd think so but I've visited a few and they were already filled to the top with early-mid 2000s tuscan stuff. I was told that a lot aren't taking any more of that style. Who knows, though. It probably depends a lot on the store and region. This was in the San Antonio-Austin area.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:31AM
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jterrilynn

I was looking at rugs today and thought of you when I saw this beautiful “Danielle in Love erase motif) rug and thought I would share.



And here is some art for above your fireplace (sorry I love your home and my mind won't turn off).

P.S You may be able to leave the walls as is color and just concentrate on the ceiling .

This post was edited by jterrilynn on Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 14:02

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:44AM
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Locrian

Hello TooTuscan. I keep thinking about your faux Tuscan pas dilemma. Everyone has given you fantastic insight and suggestions. Some quite clever.

My suggestions align with a more minimalist approach. Rent a DIY moving truck for a week. Box, pack, move everything that isn't bolted down or part of the architecture into the truck. Hardcore Editing HaHa.

This approach might just allow you enough breathing space in the house to actually see and feel what it has to offer. It might be able to speak to you with a different accent. Show you another side of itself that's hidden by the florid flush of affluenzia.

Arts & Crafts Movement, Craftsman Movement, or Mission Style might become surprisingly appropriate once the house is able to exhale.

Excited to see what direction you flow overall. Looking forward to progress pictures!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 4:34PM
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