'Arte di Vita Interiors' is an interior design studio founded by interior designer Alexandra van Cruyningen and is run by a small, dedicated team. 'Arte di Vita' is Italian for 'the art of living'. It all started when we opened our boutique B&B and holiday homes in Tuscany eight years ago (now closed). We wanted to share the wonderful 'slow' life in Tuscany with others, the literal slower pace, more in tune with nature and the seasons, the seasonal produce, the authenticity of the area, that inspires people to live more in harmony with their surroundings. For us, the way we decorate our homes is part of that way of life, in particular the materials we use and the colours. We believe that if your interior reflects nature, rather than contrast it, it will have a more calming effect on both mind and body and in that way, it will contribute to your wellbeing.
After years of searching for the perfect paint colours and fabrics for interior projects, Alexandra decided to create her own range of chalk-based paint and mineral-based, natural lime paint in muted colours inspired by nature, carefully curate a collection of natural, sustainable fabrics and design a collection of made-to-order home furnishings. In our studio in the Netherlands we make the cushions, lampshades, throws and other home furnishings by hand from our fabric collection. Because we care about the environment, we have selected only fabrics that are produced sustainably in Europe. If you'd like to read more about the production of our fabrics, click here.