10. Match outdoor architecture to what's happening indoors
"Design an outdoor room with an iron or wood pergola and marry it to your home's architecture for the illusion that it has always been there," says Koepke. "The open rafters provide some structure for vines and climbing roses, and they also give the opportunity for various types of lighting, lanterns and hanging plants. Architectural salvage creates instant character and sense of place; vintage lighting, old windows and doors, columns, door surrounds and shutters add so much personality and character. Sometimes finding that one special piece of architectural salvage is the inspiration for the whole project."