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Colorful cushions and accents are an easy way to update a plain patio. More patio perk-up ideas: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/24-patio-perk-ups/?socsrc=bhgpin060112#page=1

colored glass Instead of gravel in the garden or patio...you can get these @ the dollar store.

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Colorful Backyard Makeover

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Creative DIY Patio Ideas to Try

15 Cheap Backyard Ideas -- Especially love the bar/table made from cement block and decking, the vertical planters on walls, and the scattered pavers amongst grass or stones instead of a full-on pavered area.

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Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Creative Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas Right now an outside kitchen means much more than a barbecue along with a cooler of soda. Although most modern day outside kitchens nevertheless hail the grill because the central fixture, several have evolved into an extension on the home’s living space. #outdoorliving #outdoor #outdoordesign #outdoordecor #outdoorkitchen #kitchen #kitchendesign

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15 Patio Design Tips

Patio Design...Put Pattern to Work..In landscapes that include lots of different plant types and textures, too much additional pattern can be overwhelming. Small doses are a good way to provide visual relief as well as interesting contrast to furniture. This patio set's solid-red seating cushions are paired with red-and-white pattern accent pillows for a pop of style.

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Patio Landscaping Ideas

Include a space for gathering, eating, or relaxing to increase outdoor enjoyment. Check out these landscaping ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

Wooden pallets are easy to come by on the cheap -- many businesses will even give them away! http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/porch/outdoor-rooms/diy-outdoor-projects/?socsrc=bhgpin051014pallets&page=1

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24 Patio Perk-Ups

A big umbrella is the perfect accent for this pretty pink patio. See 23 more patio perk-ups: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/24-patio-perk-ups/?socsrc=bhgpin080712largepinkumbrella#page=3

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10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

Create a Backyard Getaway: Ensure Privacy. Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.

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Pretty Outdoor Living Spaces

Gorgeous Kitchen Terrace - I'd eat outside here every night!