Scenic drive: A simple picket gate marks the beginning of the flower-filled stroll from the driveway to the front door. Photographs by Mathew Benson; styled by Karin Lidbeck Brent

Landscapers William Ostrander and Steven Pacholyk installed the foundation of the new design—a slate patio in the middle of the courtyard—and extended the paving as a path to the existing driveway. Small trees and flowering shrubs planted along the fourth, open side of the space reinforce the feeling of an enclosed outdoor room and provide privacy.

All-weather seating on the slate patio ahead makes for a cozy hangout.

The cozy courtyard is the couple’s outdoor living room during the summer months, with a flower show that lasts until autumn. “It’s so friendly and welcoming, it makes me happy every time I come home," says Andrea. Its pretty hues also make it a great place to entertain, especially on beautiful days. All it takes is a few pieces of comfortable outdoor furniture and you are all set.

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