Being from an Italian family, I have a good amount of family traditions that many probably consider entirely unique. We regularly kiss each other hello & goodbye, many of our fights are not as intense as they seem & the group of us are truly dedicated to our family. Because of this familial dedication, the group of us visit my Grandparents once per year back in the aged country. I have to say, besides the fact that Italy is a gorgeous country, I love their residence a great deal. They have a very lovely old-world estate. This old-world estate is not a stylistic choice; it’s just simply an “old-world estate”. The old-world estate aesthetic is quite popular in the United States—particularly in New England. I have to say though, while those old-world estates are incredibly beautiful, they don’t come close to the real thing. My Grandparents’ Tuscan residence is full of character & history. I suppose the drawback with people appropriating old-world estates with Tuscan furniture is the fact that it loses the authenticity that makes it special in the first place. I suppose this might seem a bit preachy—& I don’t mean to come off that way—but when people who aren’t even Italian try to take the Tuscan furniture & old-world estate aesthetic to posture with the appearance of antiquity it comes off as being completely disingenuous. Again, I don’t suppose that people who enjoy the old-world style are disingenuous. That’s not actually what I’m saying. What I am saying is that the companies who actually profit off of the old-world estate by making severely cheap knock-offs are totally missing the point of an old-world estate to begin with.