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In our Italian-themed May magazine that published last week, I was very excited to show you the beautiful patio that Misti and Beth designed for my family. With Beth’s gardening knowledge and Misti’s sense of style, I know our outdoor dining room could be transformed into an inviting outdoor living space that is charming, organic and peaceful.

I ended up naming the room The Bellini Loggia, paying homage to my favorite Italian drink. You can learn more about the Bellini Loggia by clicking here, but below are some of my FAVORITE elements from the room.

Tuscan Terra Cotta Vases

The Tuscan Terra Cotta Vases are a beautiful addition to our Bellini Loggia. At Beth’s suggestion, we added lavender to one of them (I purchased this artificial lavender from Amazon). With so much brick showing within the room, we decided to keep colors white and neutral as not to fight with the rusty brown color of the brick. These are light while remaining functional to hold plants or even leave empty to make a statement by themselves.

Sunbrella Outdoor Drapes

Like the pillows, Misti selected outdoor drapes to frame the room while softening the harshness of the brick wall. The awning stripe is classic and reminds me of luxury resorts in the Mediterranean. Be sure to hang outdoor drapes with outdoor curtain rods and hardware to keep from rusting.

Minka Aire Gyro Wet Fan

These dual-head oscillating fans are amazing! They are designed for outdoor use, have a 100 watt bulb and a remote control. They come in brushed nickel–which is what we have as well as oil-rubbed bronze! Friends, if you invest in creating an outdoor living area, you MUST have an outdoor fan. This is Texas!

Sunbrella Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

These striped lumbar pillows are a perfect way to soften the roughness of the walls and furniture. The stripe matches the curtains we hung (also used to soften the room) and again adds to the neutral color palette. Friends, always purchase Sunbrella or some other outdoor material when selecting pillows. It is much more durable to the elements and refrains from mildewing.

Potting Bench/Buffet

Melissa at Dumpster Diva custom made this potting bench/buffet for us last fall. The mirrored barn doors allow the charm of terra cotta pots to be seen depending on how they are positioned, and makes for easy storage. I use this as gardening storage and also to hold extra drinks, napkins etc when we are dining alfresco.

Bellinis

Why should a signature cocktail not accompany a fabulous gathering spot. When I was 22 years old, a new graduate from TCU and living with Dallas near bestest friends Katy and Kim, all summer long we would make our way to Patrizzio’s in Highland Park Village after work for $1 Baby Bellinis. They have been a favorite ever since! They are delicious and super easy to make…plus of course at TAOLB we make them a little special using pink champagne! Find the recipe and the history of the drink by clicking here.

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