Bring the Indoors
doors and Onto Your Patio
By Nate Berkus
Oprah.com | July 14, 2003
Nate had to dig his way out of this patio problem. Reinventing a yawn of a yard was a big job, but Nate was up to the challenge.
Transform Your Backyard
Create a concept or theme for your patio area. Nate's inspiration was the English countryside.
Want extra privacy around your yard? Plant tall pine trees—they look nice and do the job!
Invest in waterproof fabrics for pillows and cushions. You'll never have to worry about them when it rains.
Conceal ugly retaining walls with a row of shrubbery.
Use candles to create a glow at night, or try small hanging lights.
If you have room to do so, create a special grilling area. That way, you'll have separate cooking and entertaining zones at parties.
See a demonstration of this makeover
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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