Sharon Mimran's Courtyard

A back patio with European polish."I wanted the exterior to look as if it were a part of the interior design," says designer Sharon Mimran. Striking a romantic note at night, the black-painted chandelier suspended over the dining table is outfitted with candles. The highlight of the yard is the large, ethanol-burning fireplace with a weatherproof faux-limestone resin mantel. Two pyramidal evergreens create symmetry. A collection of urns on the table can be easily repositioned or repotted.

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