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Rachel,
I would like to decorate my very small dining room in a tuscany style.  It is roughly about 10x8 with one wall all window. The opposite wall is a large doorway to the livingroom. One wall is solid and the forth and final wall is another doorway to the kitchen. Were would I begin? What do you suggest for wall color and furniture as well as a layout.  

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Dear Molly,
Here are some tuscany style ideas:
-I would start with getting art with a tuscany landscape for the empty wall. Start with pulling colors from that image for the rug and curtains. You can add other images like images of olives, grapes, or flowers.
-Go with beige or terra cotta paint wash for the walls.
-Furniture style is usually rustic in walnut or chestnut from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
-Rosemary and basil plants are always near by, both imperative elements in Tuscan cooking.  
-Use subtle blues. The abarelli(pharmacy jars)are common for dining areas. Go to this link for an example.
http://www.wd-removals.com/assets/images/photos/vases.jpg
-Floors are usually a red brick, but I prefer satillo tiles or terra cotta. If changing the floor is not something you want to change then a country style rug will continue the style.
-Accessorize with native ceramics and terra cotta vases.
-While pewter and copper objects are commonly used in the provinces, silver picture frames and candlestick holders are common in Italian rooms.

Please go to this link to see a dining room that I have designed for you using these ideas.
http://rmdecor.tripod.com/molly.htm

For more ideas on tuscany style I would check out these books.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0821227513/atomicqueens-20/103-8284821-61  

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