7 inspiring patios and stoeps

By admin
06 September 2013

Whether you have oodles of space or a tiny patch of garden, everybody should have an outdoor chilling space. Our blogger found these great patios and stoeps on Pinterest this week.

1 Freestanding beauty

Pinned from stylemotivation.com

There’s no reason why your patio has to be attached to your house. Put up a pergola with decking and trellises for an outdoor room with flair.

2 Style and grace

Pinned from gardenbuilders.co.uk

This ultra-modern patio with its built-in planters filled with clipped hedges won a UK design prize. The strong lines, accentuated by the combination of wooden decking and tiles, are softened by background beds filled with plants that look almost as if they’re trying to burst onto the scene. Lovely for a compact garden in a townhouse complex.

3 Take me to Tuscany

Pinned from bhg.com

What this teeny patio lacks in space it makes up for in charm and romance. A wall fountain, sconces and overflowing plant pots set the scene. Now just add two glasses of red wine and a platter of antipasti and you can be transported to Italy.

4 Sunny corner

Repinned via Charise Lewis

What a clever little corner. A few really great ideas here: the built-in benches, the stretched white shadecloth and a mirror to reflect the glory of the garden.

5 Pleasing curves

Pinned from greenlines.canberra.homeone.com.au

This fuss-free design would work really well at a holiday home where there’s nobody around to take care of thirsty garden plants. Good use of shapes and texture make the space easy on the eye.

 6 Split-level living

Pinned from elmueble.com

I love everything about this terraced garden setting: the cane chairs on the top level, the use of wood for the stairs and furniture on the patio down below, the creeper forming the backdrop to the bench, the potted plants – and the feeling that I could live really well in a place like this.

7 Full deck

Picture: Charmaine Mathibela

Add extra living space to your home with a deck and gorgeous French doors that give easy access to the outdoors. There’s an excellent guide to the ranges of deck material and doors available in South Africa in the 12 September 2013 issue of YOU. Don’t miss it!

Do you have a stoep or patio that you’d like to show off to our online community?

Send me a pic at asteyn@media24.com.

– Alfie Steyn

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