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.
The fire engine red double front doors of this classic home provide a sophisticated contrast to its white and black exterior. Ornamental shrubbery and grasses grow in front of the home in mulched garden beds.
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.
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.
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.