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Drapery panels are added to this small outdoor porch by designer, Brian Patrick Flynn, to emphasize the ceiling, minimize its narrow dimensions and give the space privacy from neighbors. Flynn uses a few other tricks to make small outdoor spaces appear larger, which include hanging oversized art (painted on tent canvas with frames constructed of pressure-treated wood), and flanking seating areas with two love seats or sofas rather than chairs or loungers.

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Create indoor style in outdoor spaces

The smallest yard or porch can be unique Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds.

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