Basement Tuscan Garden

A gray, lifeless below-ground patio becomes a warm, rustic retreat.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis lifeless basement garden area is full of possibilities for this couple's Tuscan retreat.
Scott and Susan Smith and their pug, Lola, have just moved into their Brooklyn Heights apartment. Its major selling point — a basement garden — is cold, gray and lifeless, a million miles away from the couple's designer dreams. Host Matt James uses a combination of handmade Tuscan terra-cotta tiles, evergreen plants, cream paint and railway ties to create a lush green hideaway that feels light and airy.