The trend in home and garden decor in the last few years has without a doubt been towards Italian/Tuscan themed areas.
In large part, this is tied in to the increasing recognition of artisan food production, wine, and the increased value placed on perceived quality in all areas of life.
In this article, we will look at what this means for the home owner and give some practical tips on how you can furnish your outdoor living areas to create a contemporary entertaining space.
If you don’t have a large budget for renovating a good way to save money is to choose a small area that you can section off and complete, allowing you to enjoy it without spending a lot of money. To this end, consider using large potted plants, bamboo or reed screening to establish visual boundaries. Often you can add some screening to one or two sides of an existing area like a patio or open carport. If you have space, another great idea is to plant some climbing plants around your new space. Grape vines are a nice way to create a Mediterranean feel and also produce some useful fruit!
Depending on your existing surface, you might find that paving is a good option for a little more old-world charm. Try to feature some terra cotta pavers in your paving pattern. If you have existing concrete, investigate the range of ‘spray-on’ faux paving or cobblestone designs – these can look quite convincing.