If you're looking for a basic backyard design plan, modernism can bring chic simplicity to the outdoors. The focus on geometric forms can also make maintenance easier for people that don't have the greenest of thumbs. In the photo above, a basic lawn uses boards laid directly onto the ground to create a minimalist "patio" for the outdoor dining set. More ideas from AT and around the web below...
Michelle Kaufmann's Smart Home is landscaped with native plants and pathways that move in angular directions around the house, creating geometric patterns.
In this photo of the Aria Chair from Bontempi Casa, oversized white planters holding trees blend into the white stone patio.
James and Rui's modern, prefabricated home makes the most of its amazing natural surroundings by siting the building for optimal views and connections to outdoor spaces.
A pair of classic chaise lounges can make almost any space look chic. For high and low options, see this post. Photo: Maku Furniture Teak Chaise Lounge.
This Australian Courtyard from Normal Room transforms a tiny alley between two structures into a peaceful meditation spot.
On an ornate terrace, the Panton Chair from Vitra balances the space with a sleek form and bright shade of yellow.
In LA, Debbie and Olivier's One Window House uses simple (and inexpensive) white paving stones and butterfly chairs to define the space.
In Elizabeth and Ben's backyard area, they used manhole covers set into the deck walls like medallions.
The Asserbo Home by Christensen & Co is almost all deck. Two chairs at the end of the platform keep things simple and provide great views of the lawn and woods.
Meg and John's Rooftop Deck uses little details to create a welcoming space: the furniture is arranged to create a conversation area, the side tables provide a place to put your drink, and stones and other natural elements add depth to the design.