Why not dine out? Just as living areas have moved outside, so have spots ideal for dining. In ancient times, the Romans feasted al fresco in their inner courtyards. Here, guests gather for leisurely lunches in the open air—and much like in earlier times, a fountain with trickling water creates a soothing backdrop. The Dransfield & Ross latticework table runner, available from Nieman Marcus, helps transport the flavor of Tuscany to the table. © Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Design, Betty Lou Phillips
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