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Create a focal point.

Whether you're completely redesigning your yard or just giving it a bit of an update, pick something that you want to be the focal point and go from there. "Is it an element of fire like a fire pit, an outdoor fireplace, or a chiminea? Perhaps it's around water, like an outdoor pond or water feature? Or maybe your focal point is simply a sofa, bench, or oversized chair that's the anchoring piece to a seating area? Whatever it is, you want to build pieces around that accent and support where you want the eye to focus." explains interior designer John Monte, co-owner of Elegant Simplicity. Your whole outdoor area will look more cohesive if you focus your decor and accessories around one piece.

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