Milan, Italy is very much a metropolitan city and one of the largest in the country. I have come across many people who either love Milan or they don’t. I happen to fall into the “love it” camp since I enjoy all the hustle and bustle the City has to offer. It also has its fair share of historic treasures. To me, its the best of both worlds. The Brera District is located in the historic center of Milan and is fashionably known as the “arts district”. Brera is one of the most desirable areas of the city to live in and is filled with fine museums, chic shops and creative types. Elle Decoration featured the renovated Brera penthouse apartment of couple Antonella Grampa and her husband Angelo, a physicist working in software development. Besides hiring an architect to help rework the floorplan, they also enlisted the help of a landscape architect, which is something not many people would consider for an apartment located in the city. In doing so, they were able to create a lush mini-garden oasis on their patio. I think Antonella and Angelo have found a great way to balance their love for nature with their urban lifestyle. I only wish they featured more photos of their balcony because from what I can see it looks lovely.

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  1. I’m not a huge Milan lover, I guess because Italy has so much beauty I’d rather spend time elsewhere. Years ago when we had a home in Northern Italy we would usually fly into Milan and head immediately out of town. Perhaps I should have given Milan more of a chance because I trust your judgement. The food in the area sure is fantastic though!

  2. I love the glimpse of the garden on the balcony. I have a friend that has done as similar installation on her patio. Everything is in containers but her skill at planting these large planters gives one the impression that they’re in a beautiful garden complete with bedding areas. I like the chic style to the apartment. I’ve never visited Italy but I’ve enjoyed the spots you’ve shared with us over time.

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