Sedona Tranquility

Nancie Plum and Eric Shrode's home outside Sedona, Ariz., has fabulous mountain views, but they can't see them past their overgrown foliage. Their design challenge: Create an outdoor living space that makes Mother Nature the star.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAfter: Comfortable, inviting furniture and a walkway transformed this space into a destination.
Instead of a boring walk-through, Nancie and Eric's front entryway is a destination in its own right: The old patchwork hardscape – brick, flagstone and cracked concrete – gives way to copper-stained concrete and a meandering pathway covered in Balinese rock. Comfortable furniture beckons visitors to the expanded patio, which is painted to match the coppery concrete. These warm colors, organic lines and touches like potted jasmine plants help integrate the new patio with the surrounding natural beauty.