breakfast terrace patio

Dale Horchner

What makes these patios work so well as places to watch the day unfold? They’re small, with comfortable seating for one or two, and they’re private -- layered plantings or walls enclose them. Example: A corner of a tucked-away terrace invites its owners to sit and breathe in the mountain air of Aspen, Colorado. The space is cozy, even on chilly mornings, because the golden sandstone pavers and east-facing walls absorb and radiate heat. A painted, weathered stone table and metal bistro chairs lend charm, while a container overflowing with white and blue pansies, lobelia, and red geraniums adds a spot of color.

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