For many of us living in Los Angeles, having vast amounts of outdoor space is hindered by the rising cost of rent. That doesn’t mean we can’t find retreat in our small patios, balconies and even mere steps or stoops. Lots of things were done to spruce up this client’s small back “walkway”. The bamboo screens helped to both block out the ugly building next door, as well as create a room-like atmosphere. I rubbed coffee grounds on the wall to give the yellow cement a little depth. Some old, rusted metal chairs got a quick spruce up with spray paint, and yes, those straw “puffs” are Ikea.