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The porch furniture on this North Carolina breezeway was all found or passed down by family. The curtains give this outdoor space a pop of color and help it feel like a real room; they were made from umbrella fabric that cost $1 per yard! (Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn)
Sometimes all you need to do is pull the curtains closed. Oh, wait — no curtains on your deck? No problem. This porch was converted instantly into a sweet outdoor hideaway with the addition of affordable metal rods and panels of all-weather fabric on rings. It's a great privacy solution and a smart way to protect yourself from gusts of wind.
GL: I love the nestled-in-the-trees-with-the-almost-natural-pool feel. I think this is the only way I'd like an outdoor pool: with the organic shape of a pond, with the ability to incorporate light and not have to worry as much about things like algae or critter populations.