Place the pillows and pots.
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Before: Little pots tend to make the space feel cluttered.
After: Large pots help define space, even in small areas, and they soften hard edges.
Schwarberg's rules of thumb: Use only pots taller than 18 inches. "You can't really get an impact or sizable planting in anything less."
Before: Furniture was shoved up against the wall and didn't seem to belong.
After: A buffet with potted plants above creates an attractive, functional area.
Schwarberg's rule of thumb: The path to the terrace should be clear and unhindered. Make it welcoming and easy to get outside.
Before: The delicate iron furniture looked dated.
After: Thicker aluminum furniture adds substance.
Schwarberg's rule of thumb: Use the style of your house as a guide. "The iron furniture was ornate and would look better at a Victorian home. This brick house has a lot of heft, so it needed furniture that's more solid."
Create an outdoor coffee table: Schwarberg used two woven plastic outdoor trunks from Pier 1 Imports to create a square coffee table. The pieces can store pillows.
Consider outdoor draperies: They add coziness and make the exterior an extension of the interior. A simple bar was attached to the porch eaves, concealed by a pocket at the top of the draperies. Velcro ties on the draperies attach to the iron railing to prevent them from flapping around in the wind.
Give your patio front-door treatment: Flank your back door with a pair of large planters. If you have a single door, consider a wide mat to visually expand the space.