Houzz is the new way to design your home.
retaining wall with open firepit
For outside seating that is beautifully earthy, river rock is a perfect choice. The small pebbles can be purchased
If you aren't sure what size of lantern is right for your porch, use the same rule of thumb as for picking an indoor chandelier: Add the length and width of the space. The number of feet in the sum is roughly the number of inches your fixture should be. For example, a 12-by-15 porch would hold a 27-inch lantern.