Clarksburg, Md., resident Kim Walker is ready for big changes to her 20-by-20-foot back yard, which she calls “postage-stamp-sized.” Walker would like to use the space for entertaining and reading, but she’s not sure how to design it. She wants a country look on a budget.
Kelly Millspaugh Thompson suggests flagstone flooring for the entire back yard, giving wicker-style furniture, flowers and colorful accents a neutral background. Thompson, of Stylish Patina (703-663-8428, www.stylishpatina.com), is based in Falls Church.
Opt for a simple stone patio for a neutral look that’s low-maintenance.
Separate the seating area from the dining area with a colorful area rug.
Mount flower planters to the fence to maximize vertical space.
Pick furniture made with resin wicker, a synthetic material, for a classic look that can withstand the elements.
Save money by using simple white outdoor cushions and add color with accessories such as pillows.
Furniture: Saybrook wicker sofa and cushion set ($1,189), Saybrook wicker wingback armchair and cushion set ($594), Saybrook wicker ottoman and cushion set ($254) and ottoman cushion slipcover in Jade green ($39), all from www.potterybarn.
com; Holden patio dining set ($1,036, www.target.com); Mississippi coffee table in antique bronze ($149, www.wayfair.com).
Accessories: Kingston horse trough planter ($47 for 36-inch planter) and butterfly plant stand ($200), both from www.target.com; Ana paisley pillow in Cool ($23) and solid 18-inch indoor/outdoor pillow in jade green ($19.50) both from www.potterybarn.com; Beacon lantern ($99 for 22-inch lantern, www.frontgate.com).
Flooring: Indian multicolor Versailles pattern slate tile kit ($5 per square foot, www.homedepot.com).
SPLURGE . . .
Mali indigo indoor/outdoor rug ($1,142 for 8-by-10-foot rug, www.layla
Round umbrella in Eucalyptus and Peridot ($499, www.
. . . OR SAVE
Geo print rug in blue ($349 for 8-by-11-foot rug, www.llbean.com).
Aluminum patio umbrella in green ($79, www.target.com).
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