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Design Ideas for a Small Outdoor Space

See how one New York couple enlarged their living space by turning a small underused patio into a beautiful lounge area.
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Family-Friendly Patio Makeover

With help from a professional interior designer, Sarah Raskin and husband John Kerl (not pictured) had the small, lackluster covered patio of their Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment turned into a colorful, relaxing outdoor living room for their newborn daughter, Orly; John's daughter, Emily; and rescue dog, Scout.

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Before: Small + Bland

Prior to the redesign, Sarah and John’s colorless 9-by-10-foot covered patio lacked a true space plan and was consequently underutilized.

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After: Cozy + Colorful

In its new state, Sarah and John’s 9-by-10-foot covered patio is a full-fledged outdoor living space thanks to colorful indoor-outdoor furnishings, including an L-shaped sectional sofa, a graphic area rug and a custom coffee table.

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Outdoor Materials

Although the L-shaped sectional has the look and feel of an interior sofa, it's made of indoor-outdoor materials that can withstand the elements, including woven acrylic upholstery fabric, stainless steel legs and a woven acrylic base that has the look and feel of brown wicker.

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