Thinking Outside the Box

We take a peek at a local designers patio decor.

They say it’s what’s inside that counts, but at the Tanglewood home of Jennifer Kostohryz, well-designed spaces flow from inside the ranch-style home onto a patio and expansive backyard boasting an unbeatable westward facing view. A large custom-made round table styles the patio. “The table was originally for our dining room, but we loved the way it looked on our patio, so we decided to move it,” said Kostohryz, who owns Fort Design Studio with Hilary Colia.

An eclectic assortment of vases from different places around town – Pottery Barn, Home Goods, Target and Anthropologie – contain a quirky mix of plants. “Enchanted Florist helped me [with the plants]. I wanted plants that could withstand the west sun, and I love succulents and the texture of the cactus,” she says.

The backyard contains several different seating areas, including conversation areas and dining tables. A set of aqua-colored outdoor furniture made by Crosely sits on one end. It looks like a personal purchase because it is. “I love the retro style of this furniture because it reminds me of some furniture from the camp that I went to as a girl,” Kostohryz confirms.

It’s the perfect space for the family of four. “Our favorite part of our backyard is our pool and the back patios,” says Kostohryz. They are great for entertaining and hanging out as a family. We have had several family events recently; the backyard has been a perfect place for us to spread out.”