Design snapshot: Patio season

To me, residential architecture extends beyond the built structures of our homes to the spaces around, in between, and within sight of them. Here, a simple, flag-stone patio, a few feet from a house and only a small step down from it, converts a sunny oasis, nestled within hedges and shrubs, into a living space. Sturdy, silver-grey cedar furniture, softened with comfortable throw pillows, invites leisurely conversation among alliums and soon-to-be-potted plants. Lanterns for votive candles atop a table tell us this place is also enjoyed in the evenings. Carving out an intimate space outside a French door can provide visual interest from the interior as well. ‘Tis the season for the outside to borrow from the inside and vice versa. Enjoy.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast