Buying attempts at Tuscan furniture from a store in the United States is like going to Olive Garden and expecting authentic Sicilian–it’s never going to happen. The truth is, today’s furniture stores are designed to meet the needs of the masses. Therefor, they’re often geared toward what’s hot right now, followed by standard basic designs which are made to work everywhere. Or, as my husband and I like to joke, look equally boring and unobtrusive anywhere you put them. But this is how you get a home with no soul. The furniture of the house should match the character of the home. This is why when my husband and I bought our stunning Tuscan style villa, we knew getting the right furniture would be a body of work. We sold most of what we owned, and used it to buy furniture for the new home. But we didn’t buy it from a box store or any kind of furniture outlet. Instead, we went to the only place we trust with high end furniture: our local custom made furniture store. Like the other guys, they keep the basics in stock for those just looking for something basic. Then for the more refined customers like my husband and I, they specialize in custom build furniture for homes of all eras and styles. A whole household of custom Tuscan beauty? They were not only happy to help, but enthusiastic to do so. Everything from the type of wood to the upholstery to the metal finishes have been custom picked by our design team and approved by my husband and I. Custom built furniture may cost a pretty penny, but we always get exactly what we want. Plus, it lasts a lifetime.