I love the pergola look, but am unsure as to how much sun they really block - and how difficult they are to construct.
This structure is especially pretty, but I'm not sure I have the patience - or green thumb - required to pair a structure with trees.
I absolutely love this oversized overhang and I think it's perfect for this beachy home. But probably too permanent for my house.
Ditto for this covered patio, which is amazing, but too big for my yard.
As a general rule, I don't love the way awnings look on homes, but I do like how they look on stores and cafes. I wonder if there's a way to bring that look to my yard.
I love that this house's pergola looks pretty and porchlike during the day...
And glows like the perfect cocktail setting at night.
An umbrella is probably the path of least resistence in my case - movable and relatively inexpensive. Does anyone have any good umbrella recommendations?
I do like this perfectly round model.
In general, I think that trees provide the best shade, though they're definitely a permanent solution.
Still, I can't help but love the way these trees create a shady walk up to a house that's bathed in sun.
I think this little courtyard, shaded as it is by walls, is a cool way to create a shady spot. Not very practical for me, but cool nonetheless.
This home's combination of porch and tree makes me very jealous, indeed.
This whole look really appeals to me - I love the nautical nature of it, the colors, and the lines.