(Setting) This does not at all look like what Stanley's and Stella's front patio or entrance looked like, but this is where Blanche had a lot of talks, where most of the characters would go if things were getting to intense or heavy in the main area (apartment), for smokes and also for fresh air.
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Ways to add Curb Appeal: Create an instant garden. Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful appeal to any home exterior -- quickly and affordable. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own with your favorite plants. For most landscapes, a staggered, asymmetrical arrangement works best to create a dynamic setting.