This small court yard has been made to feel very welcoming with the use of concrete and hard surfaces. I think the warm lighting helps. I really like the retaining borders. http://www.uk-rattanfurniture.com/product/popamaing-high-quality-waterproof-outdoor-wicker-rattan-garden-bench-furniture-protective-cover-patio-tables-chairs-cover-wicker-rattanxl96-5x65x22/
a shady courtyard of pebbles and brick paths, filled with acers, hellebores, ferns and grasses. A Buddha crafted from blue Karnataka stone, sits beneath Acer palamatum. I would love to have the space for this.