Brooklyn Backyard: Bluestone Patio with Beach Stones

This Boerum Hill, Brooklyn backyard features a bluestone patio, knotty cedar fencing, artificial turf, stepping stones, and loose Mexican beach stones.  We love the way the beach stones are so close in color to the large slabs of bluestone, a natural stone ideal for patios.  We applied a light grey semi-transparent stain to the fence to give it a slightly more weathered appearance.  The outdoor furniture is a contemporary hybrid of metal and wood.  We thought it looked interesting to contrast the straight lines of the furniture with lush plantings that include a mix of grasses, cherry trees, trumpet vines, variegated irises, and sky pencil hollies.  Check out the before photo below.