From my article in the latest issue of Alameda Magazine:
The same rules for designing indoors work outside, too. Make sure you have adequate lighting to enjoy [your backyard] late into the evening, but steer clear of harsh fluorescents. String lights, outdoor lanterns, and candles will create a glow that’s far more flattering. Stuck with an unwelcoming, dark corner? A large mirror will do wonders for opening up the space. And if you need a bit more color, try a few throw pillows and rugs. Just be sure to use ones fashioned from outdoor acrylics so they’re sure to last.
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