The Polished Patio

Decorating a patio adds infinite interest, giving us an extra nudge to meander outside and relax. March a trio of sweet owls down an outdoor dining table, plant a succulent box for an instant vertical garden, or tuck a lacy foliage plant in a gorgeous new pot. There, you’re done! Now, settle in by a crackling outdoor fire pit as the sun goes down and the sound of trickling water washes away your worries. Oh, the luxury
of summertime.

1. Lava Rock Propane Fire Bowl, $1,195 at Restoration Hardware (available online only). 800.910.9836,

2. Serenity Fountain by A. Silvestri Co., $615 at West End Nursery (San Rafael). 415.454.4175, 

3. Chiseled Planter by Planters by a Sculptor, $575 at Ecco Mi Design (Petaluma). 707.291.8703, 

4. Handcrafted Stone Owls by Pottery Land, $4 to $50 at Garden Essential (Sonoma). 707.526.7235,

5. Vertical Living Picture kit with succulents by Robin Stockwell, $70 at Succulent Gardens (Castroville). 831.632.0482,