How to perk up your patio [Pictures]
If overgrown foliage, outdated furniture and an overall lack of imagination have contributed to the state of emergency that now describes your patio, don't fret. We have assembled a team of experts to offer some patio-perfect tips to get your outdoor area ready for warm-weather entertaining. -John-John Williams IV
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Plants, faux and for real
You can't solely rely on what Mother Nature provides. Sometimes you need to add more foliage to your space. Baltimore decorator Stephanie Bradshaw suggests creating a potted garden. "Bringing your indoor plants out will make them happy," she said. "Use any kinds of palms or boxwoods - anything that will help you create a look." T.J. Schmitz, of Cleveland-based Arhaus Furniture, also recommends adding faux grass rugs, which have become a popular option at Arhaus stores.
Chelsea Bench, $699; Chelsea Chair, $459; and various pottery, $19 to $39, all from Arhaus Furniture.