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How to Create a Tuscan Style Outdoor Room

A leaf-covered patio gets a romantic upgrade with vintage furniture, mood lighting, and a party-ready trestle table.

Tuscan-style outdoor dining space Tria Giovan

Alfresco meals, twinkly lights, verdant gardens—Italians know how to do summer nights right. But living la dolce vita can be yours for less than the cost of a ticket to Rome. Take this patio, which designer and fervent DIYer Heather Chadduck, the style director at Southern Living magazine, put together in back of a house in Birmingham, Alabama.

Using an overgrown pergola from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun as muse, she added a simple iron structure and let wisteria grow wild. A long copper-topped trestle table edged by a medley of metal and woven chairs begs guests to sit and stay awhile under the glow of lights she fashioned from pickle and okra jars. Wicker-wrapped bottles act as vases and wine decanters; a fireplace supplies needed warmth on cooler evenings

Products for a Tuscan Style Outdoor Space

Here are a few items that you can use to create a Tuscan-style outdoor space.


Demijohn Courtesy Amazon

An oversize glass vessel is an eye-catching holder for leafy greens—a great way to bring nature farther into the space. About $30; Amazon

River-rock tile

River rock tile Courtesy Home Depot

The homeowner got a custom patio for a fraction of the usual price by laying mesh-backed stone tile in large diamond shapes and having a mason pour concrete in between. About $9 per square foot; Home Depot

Outdoor hearth

Outdoor hearth Courtesy Home Depot

The homeowner's stuccoed cinder-block fireplace sends a glow down the copper-topped table. This wood-burning steel version offers an easier setup. About $193; Home Depot

Wick-wrapped wine jugs or carriers

Wick-wrapped wine jugs or carriers Courtesy Amazon

Enterprising oenophiles have long used wicker-wrapped bottles to prevent breakage. About $20; Amazon.

Jar lighting

Jar Lighting Courtesy Home Depot

Outdoor cord kits and black paint turn pickle and okra jars into rustic pendant lights. Or just purchase a fixture like this one. About $120; Home Depot

Tub chair

Set of four tub chairs Courtesy Amazon

The homeowner's mismatched seating adds a lot of charm; it includes 1930s-style armchairs like this one, which looks even better after a few storms. About $150 (set of 4); Amazon.

Climbing vines

Climbing vines potted plant Courtesy Home Depot

Grapevines grow more quickly than wisteria, but they provide the same shade and bear fruit to boot. About $40; Home Depot.

Leafy prints

Leafy prints Courtesy Amazon

Upholster a chair in lush-looking outdoor fabric that can take the sun. Or adorn the table with a few prints. About $13; Amazon.

Copper sconce

Copper sconce Courtesy Home Depot

Cast a wide glow over the party with this copper-finished steel fixture that has an old-world look. About $96; Home Depot.

Wicker chair

Wicker Chair Courtesy Amazon

Treat this chair, made of hand-woven rattan and bamboo fiber, with an outdoor-use polyurethane to keep it in top form summer after summer. About $114; Amazon.