Dreaming of a European getaway? Aperol spritz in one hand, good book in another? If it isn’t in the cards for you right now, not to fret. You may not live in the Tuscan hills, but you can still replicate the region’s best ideas for an outdoor space that’s perfetto.
1. Breezy Gathering Spots
Nature takes its course in Tuscan outdoor spaces with nothing too kempt or pristine. Instead, the focus is on outdoor living spaces that do just that — live! Spacious seating areas that accentuate the views rather than detract from them, create warm, inviting “rooms” that encourage guests to sit and stay awhile. At home, make your own “view” with potted evergreens and furnish with upholstered outdoor seating for a chic contrast to the greens and terracottas.
2. Bountiful Herb Gardens
Italian landscaping is more than something pretty to look at. It feeds the community. Even the smallest yard can invoke a slice of the Italian countryside with a lush herb garden. Spice up your green space with the introduction of herbs. If your yard doesn’t allow for overflowing beds, arrange the herbs at varying heights for a more lush look.
3. Alfresco Dining Spaces
Make your outdoor dining space feel worlds away by tucking it under a shady canopy. A natural rattan awning with a cascade of vines will do the trick. Avoid matching dining sets in favor of a table with mix-and-match chairs — the more weathered the better! You want to aim to create a rustic aesthetic, with furniture and accessories that look like they have been well-loved!
4. Dreamy Retreats
Longing for your own little spot under the Tuscan sun? Create the next best thing with a heavenly outdoor lounge area. A pergola over your space really sets the Tuscan tone. To make it even more romantic, try hanging string lights to create a warm glow on summer nights. No travel is required to capture this European feel!
A version of this article appeared in our partner magazine, Tuscan Home & Living.