Designing a Tuscan Inspired Outdoor Patio Space

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Decorating Idea & Inspiration: Tuscan Style Al Fresco Living

Marcia Blake outdoor and patio design expert shares her favorite Tuscan inspired design project with the Decorating Diva. We hope you’ll be as inspired to decorate your outdoor space as much as we were after talking with Marcia.

Could you walk us through some of your design process for creating a sunny, rustic Tuscan influenced outdoor room?

The project  was to create a haven for a family of five, who love to spend time together, to entertain family and friends, and to have a sanctuary to unwind at the end of a long day or at the end of the week. The interior and exterior of the home combines the Santa Barbara style with Tuscan interior decor. The red brick roof on top of white stucco is an example of traditional downtown Santa Barbara.

I incorporated the rust, gold, and brown tones that flowed from the inside of the home to the outside patio. I chose soft flowing drapes in sepia trimmed with the Tuscan orange and a yellow paisley print, which warms up the space while adding a useful design feature, privacy and protection from the sun. I created a living room for entertainment, relaxation and dining by adding a deep seated sofa, love seat, rocking club chairs and an ottoman. The central focus of the room is the large round copper top fire pit that has enough room for dinner place settings or simply a glass of wine. To define the space I placed a Tuscan orange & jute scroll patterned rectangular area rug. The lush chenille mink brown colored cushions have supple texture. The furniture is made from wrought aluminum and iron in a beautiful mahogany finish that brings out the warm red tones of the fabrics. The sofa, love seat and chairs are embellished with luxurious fringed and trimmed pillows, and a warm cozy machine washable Outdoor Couture® chenille throw blanket. Wrought iron sconces with candles are hanging from the pavilion.

A high top Tuscan stone table with swivel bar stools is strategically placed for dining and entertaining. Plush cushions adorn the cast aluminum stools and decorative Outdoor Couture® lumbar pillows add the finishing touch.

For relaxation a therapeutic spa sits just under the pavilion surrounded by potted plants and flowers. A long soak in the hot tub soothes a lot more than just sore muscles, it helps relieve tension and provides sanctuary.

Finally several oil lanterns add a touch of ambiance when the sun is setting.

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What you need to  “Get the Look at Home: Tuscan Inspired Outdoor Furniture & Decor Look Book”

Marcia Blake Style Maker Look Book: Outdoor Living Room{TUSCAN PATIO DESIGN MOODBOARD }Outdoor Couture Plantation Drape


Outdoor Couture Plantation Drape – Outdoor Interiors ShadyLady Outdoor Chandelier


5-Tier Scroll Antique Copper Outdoor Chandelier  Ashbury Chaise Lounge


Ashbury Chaise Lounge – OW Lee

Ashbury Club Chair


Ashbury Club Chair – OW Lee Outdoor Couture Bolster Pillow


Outdoor Couture Bolster Pillow – Outdoor Interiors

Outdoor Couture Drapery Hardware


Outdoor Couture Drapery Hardware – Outdoor Interiors Outdoor Couture Key Largo Pillow { DECORATIVE PILLOWS }

Outdoor Couture Key Largo Pillow – Outdoor Interiors

Outdoor Couture Sequoia Sunbrella Throw Blanket


Outdoor Couture Sequoia Sunbrella Throw Blanket – Outdoor Interiors

Outdoor Couture Throw Pillow


Outdoor Couture Throw Pillow – Outdoor InteriorsOutdoor Couture Lanai Drape


Outdoor Couture Lanai Drape in Roma Fabric– Outdoor Interiors

San Cristobal Double Lounge


San Cristobal Double Chaise – OW Lee with Da Vinci Fabric

CMI Sunbrella Outdoor Renaissance Rug


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Sunbrella Renaissance Rug –Colonial MillsOutdoor Couture Lodge Sunbrella Throw Blanket


Outdoor Couture Lodge Sunbrella Throw Blanket – Outdoor Interiors

Market Umbrella with Fringe


Market Umbrella with Fringe


A 1978 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Marcia Blake began her corporate career with several high-profile executive-recruiting & marketing positions, culminating with her role as Vice President of Kole & Company Recruitment Firm.

In 2004, Marcia embarked on a new career path & followed her love of design, becoming the Manager & Buyer for Patio Furniture & Collectibles for Roger’s Gardens; “America’s Most Beautiful Home & Garden Center.” Today, Marcia Blake is President & Creative Director of Outdoor Interiors®, a full service design firm specializing in creating spectacular outdoor environments, and a Design Consultant for O.W. Lee, a leading manufacturer of finely handcrafted casual furniture. Her collection, Outdoor Couture® by Marcia Blake consists of luxurious throw pillows, outdoor drapes & table runners which has garnered rave reviews for dramatic, yet comfortable outdoor accessories.

Marcia is a contributor for the following publications: Casual Living Magazine, Coast Magazine, Water Garden News, Patio & Hearth Product Reports, Southern Home & Outdoor Magazine, and is a speaker on topics of home decor and outdoor living.

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