Outdoor Living 533 Ideabooks

20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms
When I was growing up, “outdoor living” consisted of some aluminum folding chairs and a Weber grill. But with the advent of synthetic wicker, all-weather fabrics, outdoor lighting and indoor-outdoor carpets, you can now live as stylishly and comfortably...
Dare to Go Gray in the Garden
Gray has become a popular color choice for interior walls, as it combines so well with many colors without overpowering them. It is what is known as a neutral or achromatic color — that is, a color without color. Gray can adapt to colors adjacent to...
10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan
A house with a courtyard just may be the (totally unofficial) dream home in temperate locales the world over. An area without a roof, enclosed either completely or partially by the walls of a building,...
13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area
When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired...
10 Great Ways to Unplug and Tune In to Nature
As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation efforts, the Great American Backyard Campout aims to get kids outside and to connect people with nature, both near and far....
Dream Spaces: 10 Secluded Garden Nooks
Anyone who’s spent long hours working in the garden knows the pleasure that comes from a job well done. And there’s no better vantage point than a garden nook: a small, secluded spot in which to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It can be...
Meet a Front Yard Designed for Gathering
When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living...
20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties
Summertime calls for a distinctly unfussy approach to entertaining, and thankfully so — because who wants to sweat over planning a summer soiree?...
11 Ways to Get More From Your Summer Porch
Embracing easy summer living can be as simple as spending time each day on your front porch. There is something utterly relaxing about hanging out on the porch, whether it’s to sip morning coffee or unwind at the end of the day — and then there’s...
Design Workshop: The ‘Disappearing’ Guardrail
As an architect, the most common request I receive by far from clients discussing deck guardrails is, “Please just make them disappear.” It’s a tall order. Guardrails are important architectural elements with competing design priorities. For example,...
Wildlife-Sensitive Ways to Light a Coastal Landscape
A well-lit beach garden creates a place for relaxing and listening to the ocean waves in the evening. But artificial lighting disrupts coastal animal behavior in perilous ways, and coastal areas often have outdoor lighting regulations because of the way...
Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain
Versailles. The White House. The Taj Mahal. Each has an outdoor space with one thing in common: a water feature. The sound of running water instantly brings a sense of relaxation to any setting. And while most of us don’t have palatial spaces...
Take It Outside! Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Dining
As the days get longer, the temperatures gets warmer and the light gets brighter, our daily routines undergo a radical paradigm shift. Whereas just a month or two ago, we were huddled indoors eating hearty stews, roasted meat and baked potatoes, we’re...
9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun for Kids
Play is at the heart of childhood, and an inspiring outdoor play area can give children many hours of enjoyment. But what if your garden is compact? Maybe you would like to avoid having a playset that takes up precious yard space, or you don’t...
A Modern Backyard Trumps the Texas Heat
What a bungalow may lack in square footage, it makes up for in efficiency, functionality and simplicity. For the backyard renovation of a 1927 Houston bungalow, designer Brett Zamore...
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