I love this neat, simple structure - it provides just the right amount of shelter and its minimal style is a great match for the cool checkerboard yard.
With a view like this, I would never go inside. I really like how the little covered space looks organic, like it's just grown out of the house itself. It's not fancy at all and kind of reminds me of a beach shack, which I love.
City backyards are actually prime for outdoor structures like this pergola. Since the space is small, why not really go all out? In this case, since the house is neutral I'd add a ton of color in the furniture and with flowers, and even paint the concrete. A crazy little oasis is a nice surprise behind a conservative house.
Hawaii is the ideal place to create outdoor rooms (of course, they do have to be able to handle a daily rain shower). While this space isn't technically outside, it's got the right spirit. The open wall is just amazing.
This LA home is another great example of keeping walls open to connect outside and inside spaces. Here, I love the mid-century roof lines and the way the outdoor spaces work with the rest of the house.
This simple porch makes me think a lot about how we usually furnish outdoor spaces, and how we use them. Too often, outdoor furniture just isn't all that comfortable, and the focus is more on dining than it is on just hanging out. This sofa looks like a nice spot for a nap, though. I like the idea of using outdoor rooms for more than just meals.
That said, I do love dining al fresco. This dining space is so cool, too - the use of fabric instead of a solid roof is genius. I'm sure it's fantastic on a day with a slight breeze.
Too often, we don't think about artwork for outside. True, nature is art in itself and it doesn't always make sense to compete with the landscape. But I think simple art that emphasizes the benefits of the outdoors - like this cool wall sculpture - work with the natural landscape and neatly emphasize an outdoor room's combination of indoors and out.