Umamma Restoration

Housed in a 16th-century palazzo in Tuscany's San Miniato, the Umamma Restoration transforms a former stable into a sleek Italian apartment. The interior backdrop is formed by original exposed brick walls, dramatic archways, and pebble floors. Woven throughout the historic details are a series of modern updates including a stainless steel kitchen and contemporary fixtures to create an overall industrial vibe, while steel-frame windows highlight views of the adjacent countryside. But the most unique feature has to be the old wheel once used to cut prosciutto. The antique now opens a trap door in the bedroom floor, leading to a secret cave with a heated swimming pool — a feature that undoubtedly gave the home its name which means "a moment of wonder" in Italian.

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