Ten Ways to do Tuscan on a Budget
by Pamela Cole Harris
Description: Easy hints for decorating your home with a Tuscan feel.
Sun-drenched days under the Tuscan sky. Pasta and wine under
olive trees to the sound of the courtyard fountain. Sound
wonderful? Yes! But if you haven't won the lottery and a move to
Tuscany isn't in your future, you can bring that warm Tuscan
feel to your home (even if you live in Buffalo!). Here's how on
a bargain budget:
1. Bring color and texture to your home with rich, earthy reds
and oranges. If red is too much for you, try a warm muted yellow
or creamy stucco.
2. Copper pots and copper trimmed baskets can still be found at
thrift shops. Find dried flowers, artificial fruit and ivy to
fill the pots and baskets for a taste of an Italian vineyard.
3. Look for terracotta pots and lots of them. Fill them with
greenery (and a few artificial grapes) to create a Tuscan feel
in your room. Arrange them in groups of three or more!
4. Scavenge architectural features from salvage yards or garage
sales. Old iron gates, windows or bits of railing can create
rustic wall art.
5. Change your cabinet door fronts to chicken wire! Not only is
it decorative, it is also practical (and cheap)!
6. Build a visual sense of having a grotto with tall artificial
plants and a wrought iron archway to separate a special,
intimate corner of the room. Check your local garden center for
7. Cover old picture frames with strips of leather cut from
thrift shop coats. Wind the strips around the frame and secure
the ends with a hot glue gun.
8. Mismatched ceramic and terracotta tiles can be arranged as a
group on the wall or table. They can be used as coasters or
trivets. Or they can be broken and used to make your own mosaic
table top! Just add grout and tile to an old thrift-shop table!
9. Remember the old wrought iron accessories of the 60s? They
are still available at thrift shops. They make wonderful
additions to your Tuscan room!
10. To create the feeling of a courtyard indoors, install a
fountain! A terracotta or stone-look fountain in the corner
surrounded by plants and a small wrought iron table is a
wonderful place to have breakfast. It's almost like being in
Have fun with your décor! Use your imagination to bring faraway
places to your own home! Hmmmm..maybe I will do that Amazonian
jungle bedroom I've always wanted!
Pamela Cole Harris is an editor, writer, eco-decorator and the
author of "100+ Wildly Imaginative Ways to Create Your Own
Coffee Table (available at http://www.lulu.com/pamelacoleharris. Visit her website, http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com , for
her unique view of home decorating and remodeling (and a free
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