Born out of a love for all the things which make a home both inviting and elegant, Kathy Francke opened l’Arte dell’Abbellimento in October of 2008. Her passion for interiors, especially the kitchen, where a family truly came together and was expected to share one meal a day in her own household, was culminated in the form of a beautiful shop called l’Arte dell’Abbellimento. Located in Lake Geneva, a small lakeside town between Chicago and Milwaukee, the store was filled with hand-chosen items from artisanal Italian workshops to sleepy French villages and was complimented with things from different corners of the U.S.
Her love for specifically European brands came from years of travel off the beaten path where she spent time in family run restaurants and in the kitchens of locals where most of the family bonding happened around a table adorned with simple yet refined dishware and linens.
For years, Kathy spent her free time helping friends and family choose the right furniture and colors for their home, and in some cases, was responsible for refurbishing or starting from scratch on an entire property. So when l’Arte dell’Abbellimento opened, she spent her time traveling with a different focus and talking to those who also traveled about where to find some of the most unique and special items to include in her collections.
Through word of mouth, as the brand has organically risen to fame over the years, Kathy discovered Busatti, a centuries old family owned and operated textiles company from Tuscany. Upon her first visit to Anghiari, the picturesque medieval town which has been home to Busatti for so many years, she naturally fell in love with the family, the business model and most importantly, the unparalleled quality and elegance of their fabrics.
So, from the shelves of l’Arte dell’Abbellimento’s Lake Geneva location to the shore of the Gulf Coast of Florida, Busatti has become the cornerstone brand of l’Arte dell’Abbellimento’s new, sunny home and is being exclusively sold by Kathy through direct sales or through your personal designer.
For more information or to make an appointment to visit the Busatti showroom in downtown Naples, please Kathy at 262-617-3513
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