Use rocks to separate the grass from the deck, then bury rope lights in the rocks for lighting. Awesome for front yard
Love the checkerboard paving - if you were careful about the 'grass' you planted, you wouldn't need to mow (e.g. microlaena, chamomile, thyme, creeping mint, even violas...) I've always loved this idea, but having to continually maintain it put me off. Love the idea of a ground cover that wouldn't need to be mown
Love the checker board yard with pavers!
Love the arched entry.