When SL Style Director Heather Chadduck lost a 100-year-old hickory tree in her backyard, she knew it was time for a makeover. A vine-covered pergola and cozy outdoor fireplace transformed her Birmingham backyard into a chic outdoor retreat.
Outdoor furniture is often sold in suites of tables and seating all in identical finishes. While it's pretty, you'll end up with a patio that looks right out of a catalog—and possibly just like the one next door. Mix it up with tables and chairs of various materials and finishes for a setting that will appear collected over time.