“Master the Art of Living”
Arte di Vita Interiors is a Dutch interior design agency, founded by Alexandra van Cruyningen (interior designer and artist), from a mission to create and help others create conscious, harmonious interiors as an essential part of a lifestyle that embraces sustainability and simplicity yet also beauty and harmony. Arte di Vita is Italian for ‘the Art of Living’. Alexandra runs the agency together with her family and friends. They divide their time between the Netherlands and Tuscany. It all started six years ago, with the opening of the doors to their bed and breakfast, Casa Capanni, a beautiful old manor house in the Tuscan countryside that started as their yearly holiday accommodation but ended up becoming both their home and a home away from home for their guests. They fell in love with the slow life in Tuscany and they wanted to share this lifestyle with others, to inspire other people to live more ‘slowly’ and consciously, in harmony with their surroundings. Alexandra decided to create her own paint line ‘Arte di Vita chalk based & lime paint’ with a matching collection of natural fabrics. Her aim is to provide private individuals, innkeepers and interior designers, decorators and stylists with the materials with which to create conscious interiors that breathe harmony.
NATURAL | ECO-CONSCIOUS HARMONY | COLOUR Interior design agency + range of chalk and lime paint & collection of natural fabrics with two HQ’s / showrooms: - ‘Casa Capanni’, a 17th century manor house in Tuscany, which we decorated and run as a bed and breakfast. We also have two holiday apartments, ‘Casa Fiore’, an old Tuscan workers’ cottage and ‘The Rectory’, an old Tuscan rectory next to the village church. - Concept store ‘Capanni lifestyle’ in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
Country Retreats in Tuscany
B&B CASA CAPANNI Our bed and breakfast in a manor house dating back to the 17th century located in a quiet hamlet in the Valdichiana, Tuscany. There are six rooms with private bathrooms (some of which are en suite, others adjacent). We decorated each of the rooms using our paint and fabrics. The house comes with a large garden and swimming pool. CASA FIORE Our self-catering holiday apartment for five people in an old workersâ€™ cottage, located in the same street as Casa Capanni. It has rustic charm in spades and comes with a furnished patio and large garden with a view of Cortona. THE RECTORY Our self-catering holiday apartment for four people in the old rectory next to the village church with frescoes in the living room that date back to the 40s.
THE CONCEPT Our concept store ‘Capanni lifestyle’ is located on the ground floor of the beautiful monumental building that used to be Amersfoort’s inn. Our store demonstrates the concept of ‘the conscious home’. Next to our own range of chalk paint and 100 % natural lime paint and our collection of natural fabrics (linen and hemp), our store houses a carefully sourced selection of items made in a conscious way (sustainable, durable & fair) by artists, designers and artisan makers.
Chalk & Lime Paint
BY AN INTERIOR DESIGNER/ARTIST As an artist and interior designer with expert knowledge of colours, and out of a wish to help others create harmonious interiors, Alexandra has created 45 beautiful muted tones of chalk paint for furniture and walls and 32 tones of user-friendly lime paint. When Alexandra created her chalk paint colours, mixing them by hand in cooperation with the Dutch manufacturer and using natural pigments, she took her inspiration from nature and the light in the North of Europe and Tuscany. 35 beautiful tones arose from the vision that colours are important for both mind and body. Arte di Vita Lime paint is an eco-friendly and userfriendly mineral paint in beautiful colours and with a velvety finish. The lime paint comes in a lovely paper bag which contains the required ingredients.
ECO-FRIENDLY LINEN & HEMP Alexandraâ€™s fabric collection consists of 100 % linen, 100 % hemp and combinations of linen and hemp in colours that match the Arte di Vita paint colours perfectly. The fabrics have been produced honestly and ecologically in Europe. Theyâ€™re available by the metre in our concept store in Amersfoort, the Netherlands or they can be ordered by e-mail or phone by using our catalogue. SOFT FURNISHINGS We specialise in soft furnishings (cushions, lamp shades, curtains, table and bed linen and bed covers). We sell our handmade lampshades, cushions and curtains (made from our own fabric collection) in the store, but we also offer a bespoke service.
Arte di Vita Workshop
BESPOKE FURNITURE RANGE In the Arte di Vita workshop we build our own designs, for example our bespoke open-plan kitchen modules from old wood (f.e. oak or pine). We also design and build bathroom washstands, headboards and beds. Our clientâ€™s needs and wishes are the basis for our design. After we agree on the design and measures, we build and install the furniture they ordered with us. UPHOLSTERY & RECUPERATION We also love to restore old items of furniture, to give them a new lease of life by re-upholstering them with our linen and hemp fabrics.
ARTE DI VITA INTERIORS Grote Sint Jansstraat 8 3811 HX Amersfoort The Netherlands email@example.com +31620401970 artedivita.eu
A visual introduction to the Arte di Vita concept.