Do you still long for days spent in sun-drenched Tuscany while living in the northern hemisphere? No worries, you could convert the yard outside your house to Little Italy for fewer pounds than you think. Are larger tiled Tuscan retro homes springing up all around your humble home too? No worries, you can make your wealthy neighbors jealous with a some imagination, and just a little money.
o Find copperware and copper hanging planter baskets at thrift shops and hang then on your newly painted walls.
o Now add some big, bold terracotta pots to your garden landscape and plant them out. Italian colors are red, green and white – choose plants accordingly.
o At salvage yards and garage sales, find interesting cast iron artifacts to create a rustic feel. Place them against walls for an added laid-back effect.
o Why not get really creative too, and build a romantic grotto with an iron archway and tall plants all round like landscapers in London often do? A touch of mystery and a fresh view around a corner is the secret to an interesting garden. Add a tinkling fountain for additional effect.
o What is missing still? I almost forgot white and green window boxes just below the windowsills. Red geraniums against glossy green leaves complete that perfect Tuscan picture. If you still think that something is missing, find a landscaper for fresh ideas.