Tuscan Living Room

Bringing a Tuscan decor into a small space can be a challenge, but color and design innovations are key. See where to find inexpensive original art and how to build a multifunctional table with a rustic flair.

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The Solution
Interior designer Lee Snijders admits that it may be a challenge to bring the feel of Tuscany to such a small space, but with color and some design innovation, he thinks it's possible. The walls are painted a sunny Tuscan yellow, and the vibrant colors of the dupioni silk accent pillows and window treatments are evocative of an Italian sunset. Design coordinator Summer Baltzer builds a coffee table that incorporates wine storage underneath, and Charles Burbridge creates a new mantel from scrap wood and finds original art to liven up the space. A photo of the couple with the same cityscape in the background, from their trip to Italy, is displayed on the mantel in front of the larger framed print of the same view.

The Cost

Paint – $60

  • wall paint, Behr's Satin Potter's Clay, 2A20-4, $22.98/gal – The Home Depot

Drapes and pillows – $100
  • fabric for curtains and pillows, $6 per yd. – Interior Fabric
  • ribbon for curtains and lamps, Moss 5810247, 3/8" wide, $1.89 each roll – Jo-Ann Fabrics

Slipcovers – $70
  • slipcovers, $40 – Bed Bath & Beyond

Chair – $15
  • chair (used), $15 – St. Vincents

Table redo – $10

Lamps – $150

  • lamps, Bronzewood, set of three, 720354510405, $129.99 – Linens 'N Things
  • ribbon for curtains and lamps, Moss 5810247, 3/8" wide, $1.89 each roll – Jo-Ann Stores

End table and TV stand – $180
  • side table, $79.99 – Bed Bath & Beyond
  • TV stand, 02211305681, $99.99 – Kmart

Mantel – $0

Shadowboxes – $155

Coffee table/wine rack – $110

  • wine rack for coffee table, 000000357089, $39.99 each – Cost Plus World Market

Rug – $50
  • rug, multicolored squares, clearance, $50 – Marshalls

Art – $100

Total – $1,000

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