Name: Colleen D.
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego, California
Size: 150 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: I love how when it rains it smells like camping, there are a million different birds, and it's peaceful, private and only 5 minutes from downtown San Diego. I can't believe how lucky I am to live here.
Name: Tina N.
Location: West Los Angeles, California
Size: 93 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: The sentimentality of the garden. The antique geranium is from cuttings from my grandmother's house over 10 years ago, and the gardenia was the centerpiece in a 6" pot at my nephew's wedding 5 years ago. There is also the ivy that my mother gave me 4 years ago that nearly died while my brother took care of it and I brought back to life, and the miniature rose that I rescued from a dark shelf at the drug store. I love sitting amongst plants that have meaning to me.
Name: Christine H.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 100 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: That's a tough one. There are so many favorite things because I consider it such a vital component of my apartment. Having lived without an outdoor space in the past, I know that I cannot ever again live without my own little patch of nature, no matter how tiny it may be. If I had to choose a favorite thing, I guess it would be the flexibility of the space. I can BBQ, read and nap on the bench, pull out the bench and sit around it on the ground during dinner parties (as in one of the photos), have the girls over for wine and cheese, eat cherries right off of the tree that hangs over my deck. It's my little hidden gem.
Location: Padua, Italy
Size: 33 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: I love the fact that it is quite cold even in our hot Italian summers. Sun shines only for a couple of hours, at noon, so you can sit to read or just to have a cup of tea.
Name: George P.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 221 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: I love the sense of enclosure afforded by the mature trees and my neighbors' plantings. Sometimes it is hard to believe that I am in the middle of the city. The yard was actually one of the primary reasons for choosing the house in the first place. The small size is one of the yard's best attributes...it means I can really let the plantings be the showcase.
Name: Felicity M.
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 221 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: Our favourite thing is the flowerbed/bench, because is gives the patio life with its green climbing plants. And the large mirror because it makes us feel that we have a lot more patio!
Name: Kelly B.
Location: Claremont, California
Size: 250 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: The papasan chairs/chiminea area. Or my 6 foot vintage glider. And my cactus succulent collection. We moved here from San Francisco, and I've never had an outdoor space before, or a place for plants. It's amazing and relaxing. I kinda love it all.
Name: Sherri S.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Size: 144 square feet
Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: We live out there when the weather cooperates! It adds living space and a gives a sense of openness to our small mid century ranch home. We eat as many meals out there as possible, and guests always gravitate there as well. Sitting out there on a summer's night, listening to the cicadas, is so peaceful and comfortable.