In this sophisticated home, the transition between indoors and out is made gracefully seamless with a large sliding glass door and a stone wall that extends from the interior dining area out to the patio.
French doors off of the great room, game room and master bedroom suite open onto this expansive covered patio. Enjoy dinner al fresco then gather around the fireplace. A TV mounted above the mantel even makes it possible to watch a movie or the game.
The white tub on a red stand is a versatile outdoor item that Beth Johnson of B Interiors found at a sample sale. Use it as a drink cooler, toy holder, planter or container for garden supplies, for just a few ideas. Also, Johnson says melamine plates, which come in various shapes and patterns, are a budget-conscious buy for a vibrant patio table. You can find 12-piece sets for about $50. This table setting also includes vintage juice glasses from a thrift shop.
This bluestone patio is equally prepared to handle formal gatherings and family fun. A ping pong table sits in the middle of a wide open space between dining area and fireplace lounge. Bluestone pavers continue the look over to the pool.
This charming garden patio sits just off the kitchen and feels blissfully tucked away from the city's busy-ness. With a grill and a dining table, it's also the ideal place for spring and summer entertaining.
This sunny courtyard features Chinese bluestone and cobblestone edging around the patio, as well as trees, shrubs and pink flowering plants. At the center of the patio area is a stone slab table with matching seating for outdoor dining.