Walk this Way
Inexpensive 16-in x 16-in patio stones surrounded by pea gravel form a low-maintenance patio that works as both a stand-alone gathering spot and a connecting path to other outdoor living areas, such as a deck. Dig out and level the base, then place the stones and gravel. With basic tools and beginner skills, a small patio can be completed in one or two weekends. It’s a practical no-water alternative to a lawn, too, and patio stones come in a variety of textures and patterns.
Relax by the Fire
Make the rock patio a destination by adding a stone-ringed fire pit (color varies by market) and durable yet comfortable woven chairs (#539640). Use pillows (#753071) for splashes of color. Round black plant stands (#751807) match the open look of the chairs and do double duty as side tables. Placed next to a dining set and lounging areas on a raised deck, the rock patio becomes part of a larger space that’s great for gatherings. But when it’s just two (or a few) of you, each area retains a cozy private feel. Like indoor fireplaces, outdoor fire pits can be tailored to your space and preferences.
Enjoy intimate alfresco dining at a private table for two anytime you want -- no reservations required. Just leave a little space on your deck or patio for a charming tile-top bistro table (#609579) and a pair of steel woven-seat stackable chairs (#609583).
Find patio furniture to fit your favorite outdoor breakfast spot.
This allen + roth™ stone-color fiberglass planter (#248870) is filled with lush tropical plantings such as banana, mandevilla, lantana, and asparagus fern.
Grow Pretty Decor
No cutting required! Decorate a patio-facing wall and gain plant space by making this lattice-look hanging garden from wood lath. Use cable ties to attach potted plants (such as vinca shown) to the frame.
Sit and Store
Expand patio seating and have a nearby place to store firewood with this easy-to-build storage bench. Stain the wood for a natural finish that weathers well.