Spruce up your out­doors and let them be an ex­ten­sion of your elo­quent in­te­ri­ors

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents - RE­SEARCH: SHRUTI JAIN

Shift the spot­light out­side of your home with these amaz­ing pa­tio de­signs

There is noth­ing more re­lax­ing than en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing about your home, in­clud­ing the out­side. Dur­ing the nice months of the year, spend­ing time on the pa­tio with friends and fam­ily, re­lax­ing, en­ter­tain­ing, hav­ing a few drinks, it’s all part of hav­ing a pa­tio. Many home­own­ers tend to ne­glect their pa­tio and let it sit idle with noth­ing more than a cou­ple of plants or chairs. This is not a wel­com­ing area and does not make you want to spend time out of doors, star­ing at the stars on warm sum­mer’s night, or grilling out. Cre­at­ing a lit­tle oa­sis on your pa­tio can be easy and it can be ex­tremely re­ward­ing once it’s com­plete. You will want to be on your pa­tio ev­ery se­cond you can to get away from the hus­tles and bus­tles of the day, to read a good book, share a glass of wine with your some­one spe­cial, and es­pe­cially to en­ter­tain your guests. Any home will ben­e­fit from a cus­tom-de­signed pa­tio. This is es­pe­cially true if you want to im­prove its ap­peal. It can help make a real solid first im­pres­sion among your friends and vis­i­tors. It’s also one of the most ef­fi­cient in­vest­ments that you can make for your home. It’s not that ma­jor of an un­der­tak­ing, but the im­prove­ments that it will bring are sig­nif­i­cant.



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