by Lisa Peck, ASID

Nature is good for us all. It lifts our spirits and soothes our souls with it’s beauty. When you design a home one thing we encourage you to consider is how the interior spaces relate to the nature, manicured or not, outside your door! Do your doors and windows frame the perfect view? Can you hear the waves? See the floral and fauna? Spaces like screened porches, decks and patios are in between living spaces where nature is closer. Here are some tips on the successful design of a patio or pool deck.

1)Include comfy lounge seating

2)Create a space to dine with family and friends

3)Don’t be afraid to use colorful fabrics

4)Create areas that are shaded by a pergola, umbrella or cabana

5)Use a fireplace or fire pit to extend the outdoor living into evening entertaining.

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