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The breezy curtains and warm light created by the fireplace make this area very cozy and elegant
Someday I will have a hot tub!
This would make a great treehouse! I would probably finish the walls, depending on the climate, but my kids would have to fight me for time in this place.
The secluded nature of this home really makes me feel safe and cozy. I love the natural garden (especially since I tend to kill greenery) and the maze-like quality is stunning.
The warm lighting and soft curtains in this space, as well as the collection of real furniture makes this just as comfortable as living inside!
Outdoor cooking and dining spaces are becoming more and more sought-after. Being able to open up your home to the outdoors is a trend I hope will stay forever!
This backyard is absolutely stunning. Having a lot of green is the key to a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
Even if you're in the city, greenery connects us to the earth, and humans long to be outside.
Evening entertaining is warm and intimate. It is important to plan plenty of lighting to keep things aglow.
Latticework overhead, especially with plants growing there, adds to the feeling of a natural fort. Cool breezes will smell sweet and be cleaner when there is a lot of plantlife around.
A canopy and curtains can block out heat and bring a feeling of a permanent living space outdoors.
Having several cozy spots available to on-the-fly daydreaming is a great way to encourage a relaxed atmosphere in your home.
Gardens are beautiful, but they become elegant and stunning with the right accessories and planning.
This is the epitome of outdoor dining. The light colors and elegant lighting combined with whimsical curtains and the simple grace of wildflowers is a beautiful creation worthy of any summer party.
This curbside garden could take a lot of tending, but with proper planning and weed-avoidance measures it would be doable.
I like this outdoor space which can also be covered. I very much like to sit out during a summer storm or in the Fall and spring when the air is crisp
A beautiful place to sit and relax, which can work with practically any house style. I especially love the vines growing on the columns.
an outdoor fireplace is high on my priority list!
Arbors are one of my favorite outdoor architectural features. The whimsical furniture in my favorite color is beautiful, and with plants covering the structure above, this could be a lovely secluded spot.
I love creeping vines, whether they creep on a house, an arbor, or walls.
This landscaping is very natural and looks as it has evolved over time. I dislike stuffy gardens (although some are lovely) and would rather spend my time relaxing in the grass next to one of these mammoth trees! A picnic area is essential.
I am a big fan of outdoor rooms as they allow you to sit safely away from a rainstorm but still enjoy the sounds and smells. This exotic-looking space could work with any style with some minor adjustments. Besides, who doesn't like a little exotic in their daily diet!?
Varying the heights of plants adds variety, and these delphiniums obscure the space beyond the path for a 'secret garden' experience.
Planning easily accessible spaces for impromptu luncheons a la fresco will help you actually use them!
This little rendezvous spot is a great way to get some seating without using a lot of space for pavers or stone.
I love old stone walls. Due to my Scots-Irish heritage I feel particularly drawn to thatched-roof cottages and abundant greenery surrounding stone.
Sheds are a great (and cute) way to store gardening materials. Make sure it is tightly sealed, though! Bees and other critters can get into the building and cause serious problems! An outdoor work area with some cover is a great palce to get seedlings started and do some repotting.
This little garage is absolutely stunning! I like the concept of outbuildings somewhat connected to the house. It hails back to the old manor houses of England!
This barn-like structure would make a great workroom or detached office. It si open and inviting, but separate enough that you could get some work done! The kids could play outside and still be close by, too!
This space is absolutely gorgeous! The lawn is fairly small, but the plethora of plantlife make for a feeling of abundance and luxury! Several outbuildings and garden structures make this feel planned and nurtured over a long period. The pool is a fun addition, but a hot tub would be even better!
Peek-throughs to other areas are a great way to amp up the mystery factor!
Holy Cute! Elaborate as it may be, I would love to build a quaint playhouse like this for my children or guests.
Using rusticated materials is a sure way to make even the newest of gardens feel established.
This lovely landing is a very elegant way to add some dimension and an almost regency-esque feeling. The stone stairs are much better suited to this space than wood or packed dirt.
The little white flowers between stepping stones makes a very casual statement, but adds some texture and color to the walkway.
The multi-tiered layout of this garden is very pleasant. I think the point of a garden is to relax and feel free to wander. The large rocks surrounded by greenery makes it seem to have grown from the ground over a great many years.
The stone wall adds a distinct feeling of boundaries which makes a home feel more snug.
I really hate huge lawns, but this little space makes one appreciate the grass so much more!
I love the idea of paver stones with greenery (preferably controlled moss) between the pavers. It is structured and loose at the same time, not to mention easy to care for!
THe house looks inviting, but also protected by the plants surrounding it.
I love the idea of an outdoor space separating two wings of a house. You definitely need a warm climate for this, but it is an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside.
If you can pull it off, this is a great way to have an exotic outdoor experience whenever you wish. With sunshine on the porch, you could sit here for hours, just lounging on the cushions!
I like the color palette of the furniture here. The doors and the stone add a great rustic feeling.
If you don't have a large space you can improvise with what you do have! Some draperies, pillows, and a place to put a lantern and a book are all you need!
Even in a city you can create a nice outdoor space. I like the wood barriers in this space, and the planters which seem to blend into the walls.
I absolutely love stone walls. Even in a new house they add a feeling of age and stability. Little cottages - or big cottages for that matter - are really fun.