Outdoor Living 538 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...
11 Ways to Make Your Sleeping Porch Even Better
My grandparents had a Tudor-style house in Bristol, Connecticut, that was built in the early 1900s. When we visited every summer, it was hard to tell that they didn’t have air conditioning. The brick walls were thick, there were mature trees around...
What to Know About Adding a Deck
Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. Outdoor...
Objects of Desire: Adirondack Chairs Perfect for Summer Lounging
First made by Thomas Lee in 1903 as an outdoor chair for his vacation home in — you guessed it — the Adirondack Mountains of New York, this classic piece has come a long way from its original design of 11 flat boards fitted into a straight-backed,...
Design Workshop: The Case for Big Overhead Doors
I absolutely love the look and feel of colossal doors, the way they lift and slide out of the way with the slightest effort. But their cost can make...
How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed
A flower bed filled with masses of color to grab your attention, blooming from spring through fall — what could be better in any garden? If what you want is a flower bed filled with masses of the same plant, such as a bed of impatiens or roses, it’s...
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...
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