Planning outdoor spaces can be challenging - a lot of the ideas I find are too commercial, expensive, or not quite my style. I'd like to finish our outdoor area this summer, so I've been gathering a few simple ideas: potted plants, strings of lights, and adding moss between patio pavers*.
I also made up a little floor plan of our current progress! A few details shown: last summer we built the tiny patio off our kitchen area (1) that runs along side our garage in the back. We put a retaining wall with yews on the outer edge for privacy (2), and also added a built-in garden box for our tomato and pepper plants (3). This leaves a space just big enough for a round table & four chairs (4). It's small, but kind of cozy.
*Hopefully adding moss between the pavers will give it a nice rustic look, balanced out with some modern accessories (more on those in the following post).