Integrate a Patio with the Landscape- A paved or bricked patio space that ends abruptly will feel out of place with a larger landscape around it. A better solution is to use materials to gradually transition -- and reinforce a connection -- between the two. Here, irregularly shaped pavers provide a pathway from patio to lawn, and mulch and containers segue neatly into planted areas.

15 Patio Design Tips

Integrate a Patio with the Landscape- A paved or bricked patio space that ends abruptly will feel out of place with a larger landscape around it. A better solution is to use materials to gradually transition -- and reinforce a connection -- between the two. Here, irregularly shaped pavers provide a pathway from patio to lawn, and mulch and containers segue neatly into planted areas.

Farmhouse Renovation by Historical Concepts (I LOVE being able to see from the front of the house all the way to the back!!)

Farmhouse Renovation by Historical Concepts (I LOVE being able to see from the front of the house all the way to the back!!)

Love this indoor/outdoor chevron rug from the Southern Living Idea Home 2012 (also used as a runner in the kitchen). It's from Ballard Designs - I bought it in gray/cream for my kitchen!

Feature Friday: Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, GA

Love this indoor/outdoor chevron rug from the Southern Living Idea Home 2012 (also used as a runner in the kitchen). It's from Ballard Designs - I bought it in gray/cream for my kitchen!

Relaxed Cottage Porch // Photography Michael Graydon // House & Home October 2008 issue

Best Outdoor Spaces: 20 Perfect Summer Patios

Relaxed Cottage Porch // Photography Michael Graydon // House & Home October 2008 issue

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