Outdoor Living 533 Ideabooks

Ever feel like getting away with your friends, but don’t have the time, money or energy to plan an excursion? Bringing interior design elements outside for a few hours allowed me to create a chic setting for a summertime girls’ night around the campfire. A few items borrowed from the living room created a cozy...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
How to Get an Outdoor Kitchen of Your Own
Entertaining your family and friends always feels more relaxed and fun when you can do it outside. And if you entertain more than six people at one time and have sufficient space, an outdoor kitchen might be just the ticket.
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Swing Into National Hammock Day
July 22 is National Hammock Day. In terms of silly holidays that were likely made up by retailers, this is one I really can get behind. There is nothing like swaying on a hammock on a lazy day. However, hammocks were not always associated with chillaxing....
20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair
Summer offers a lot for us to celebrate: vacations, long days, warm nights and visits with friends near and far. Outdoor entertaining, from lunch on the deck and happy hour at sunset to dinner by candlelight and fireside gatherings under the stars, embodies...
Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening
When you are on vacation, it seems natural to end up outdoors in the evening and even into the night, simply enjoying being outdoors. On camping trips it’s all about stargazing and marshmallow roasting; at a beach house, you might sneak down to see...
5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard
If you live in a hot climate, your air conditioner is probably your favorite major appliance. However, it can quickly become a major party crasher in the middle of your backyard summer barbecue. That same hulking, boxy piece of machinery...
Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors
Spaces that are neither indoors nor completely outdoors are often among the most trafficked spaces in a home. And they make for good design: We use them to negotiate changes in elevation between inside and outside, for entertaining, to reduce the...
Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and...
Take a Summer Vacation in the Backyard
Let me first confess that my idea of camping is a long, luxurious stay at a five-star hotel with a spa and a Michelin-rated restaurant. But when my two sons were growing up they had an entirely different perspective. They actually liked sleeping...
How to Screen a Seaside Garden From the Wind
Coastal landscapes are continuously blasted with wind and salt spray. A nice sea breeze is welcome on a hot summer afternoon, but the wind can give you goosebumps and a real chill at other times of the year. Windscreens create a livable microclimate in...
Light Your Patio, Extend Your Evening
A pitcher of sangria, a bucket of ice-cold beer, crispy chicken wings and neighbors splayed out in deck chairs watching children catch fireflies. A perfect summer evening? Indeed. But you can make it last even longer by adding lighting to your patio....
How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living
Most of us can use more space, whether it’s for working, storing or doing hobbies. But adding square footage to an existing home can be time consuming and costly. That’s why many homeowners are turning to backyard sheds. These freestanding...
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