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Designer Molly Wood used the architectural lines of the space to create focal points. Notice how the pillows line up like little soldiers and direct your eye toward the bar.
Buy: Pillows in summer shades. They are heavily discounted right now along with summer print fabrics. Snag both in indoor-outdoor fabric for a tailored space.
Plant: Succulents. They will tough it out through the winter and become stars next summer.
Molly Wood used these easy-care, high-style plants throughout this patio design.
Another obvious focal point is this water feature flanked by lush lawn segments and capped with two lounge chairs. Even a little bit of grass can go a long way toward providing a rest for the eye and some ease for your toes.
Plant: Grass. It can be seeded, or sod can be laid in the fall, giving it time to root before winter sets in. Planting grass now will give it a head start, and by spring you'll have a lush lawn of emerald green.
The kingpin of focal points in this space has to be the massive fireplace wall. Set into a background of greenery, the area is staged to create little nooks and gathering areas. Notice the awning providing shade for the daytime dining room and the two chairs that create a mini room in front of the fireplace.
Buy: Outdoor furnishings, which go on sale in late summer. Buy coordinating pieces that aren't matchy-matchy for a collected feel.