Before & After: Michelle's Welcoming Courtyard

Three Men and a Lady

During the cold days of winter, I like to mentally fast forward to the lazy lounging days of summertime. So even though warm weather has just arrived, I've already been spending quite a bit of time thinking about outdoor spaces...

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This little courtyard before and after from Michelle over at Three Men and a Lady is just the thing to inspire me. Using supplies she picked up on sale at the end of last season, Michelle was able to turn this little patch of courtyard into an inviting space that's just begging for a lazy afternoon of iced tea and gossip. I love how the addition of pavers to the courtyard gives the space a punch of visual interest, turning this unused space into something far more inviting. And of course you can never go wrong with a couple of planters.

Even though I don't have a yard, Michelle's efforts have me thinking of ways I can spruce up the little patio of my apartment.

To see the full post about her courtyard makeover, visit her blog: Three Men and a Lady.

(Images: Three Men and a Lady)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 03.28.11 - NM)

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