In the center of the first floor of this Marrakech, Morocco, mansion is a beautiful courtyard. Black-and-white checkered tile is used as the patio, while a swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs. Trees and other plantings bring a lushness to the space.
Set a little back from the street, this adorably chic home uses a low wall to enclose the front yard, making a slightly more private space and enhancing its entertaining potential. Black paints crisply sets off the windows and front door.
From: Dickson Realty
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Contemporary Outdoor Room in Reno
A pair of striking basket-weave outdoor sofas sit beneath a decorative grid on this contemporary terrace in Reno, Nevada. The home's geometric design is crisp and modern, and fits in well with the rugged desert terrain that surrounds it.
Exterior View of Cottage With White Trim and Full Length Windows
An exterior shot of this tiny slice of paradise showcases the floor-to-ceiling windows and the front door trimmed in white. Semicircular planted areas feature short shrubs that add appeal without taking over the exterior of the house. The black paint is a bold finish against the lush, natural surroundings.
Black-and-White Courtyard Features Photograph of Sculpture as Centerpiece
Art consultant Alex Ray selected a photograph of Antonio Canova's Neoclassical sculpture of Psyche and Cupid at the Louvre as the centerpiece of "An Ode to Innocence," the private courtyard at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Ray showcases the photo in a weatherproofed light box that doubles as a lighting source at night. Landscape architect Frank Eddy added floating peonies in the shallow pool to add to the romance of the setting.
The old, cracked driveway has been replaced with stamped concrete that looks like brick, coordinating well with the walkway leading to the porch. The driveway's dark gray border adds an accent that echoes the dark green window casings on the garage and house.