Echo the indoors
1 Echo the indoors Toufik Sarwa’s home is fashionably appointed with white furniture, black accents and geometric prints – a confident scheme that extends to his patio in the white and grey seating, black umbrella and fretwork-patterned toss cushions. 2 Divvy it up Whether your backyard is large or small, carve out different “rooms” to make use of the whole space. Toufik’s two sitting areas provide him with options: lounge in the open under the sun or relax in the intimate shaded nook under the pergola.
Keep it cozy
3 Keep it cozy Plush elements like throws and toss cushions allow you to enjoy the outdoors long after the sun has set and the temperature has dropped. 4 Make a great escape When you step into your backyard and feel swept away to a far-off land, you have an at-home vacation destination. Tropical plants will help get you there. Think Dr. Seuss: Big, zany greenery with spikes and fronds paired with grasses and ferns results in a lush, verdant look.
Go low maintenance
5 Go low maintenance As a busy bar owner, Toufik needs an outdoor space that doesn’t require much upkeep. The large pavers for the patio look clean and contemporary, the mulch at the back of the yard feels wild and rustic and the simple slate pathway leading from one sitting area to the other is striking, with no mowing required. 6 Rethink tradition Picket fences are for the past! This contemporary cedar fence, with its thin horizontal slats, is at once unexpected, architectural and Zen. The modern design casts interesting shadows and can act as a trellis for climbing plants. 7 Accessorize! Super-stylish Toufik knows accessories are key in both fashion and decor, so he added ample exotic elements, such as the Buddha statue and moroccan-style lanterns.