5. Use scale for impact. A breezy, covered dining area is a plus for any home or garden, but this one gets high marks for its bold accents. Upon entering, there is no doubt that it's a unique, highly personal space in which to dine and certainly to linger. The special pair of lights hung from the overhead rafters and their companion sconce mounted on a column are grand in scale and elegant in detail. The tropical plants, placed strategically to soften the home's stucco exterior and lend garden-interest detail, complement the lighting. The vase of flowers has a similar scale, connecting visually with the lighting overhead and the graphic fronds around the room's perimeter.