On the theme of decorated notebooks. what about a travel journal to give to a travel-loving friend? (something to write notes in, glue in maps before hand, etc) or a prayer/hope/wish journal, recipe (Diy Photo Art)
Outdoor Living Space - Mediterranean - Patio - other metro - by Wendy Zolezzi Design. Maybe external tiles a bit like this . darker colour like the ones they use on old colonial buildings, with pebbled grouting between tiles.