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Give Your Outdoor Rooms a Cozy Winter Makeover
While it’s certainly true that in some regions sitting on the patio in midwinter is not realistic, for those who live in mild climates there’s no reason outdoor rooms must sit unused for several months. To tempt yourself onto the porch or patio, even...
Sit Back and Enjoy the View From This Brooklyn Rooftop Garden
The polish and attention to detail that come from being a design professional didn’t prevent Brook Klausing from letting go a little in his own garden. Klausing, who runs a high-end residential landscape company in New York, embraced...
Visit London’s Shed of the Year
Carpenter, painter, musician and sculptor Joel Bird started working on his garden shed four years ago. “It was like an experiment, really,” Bird says. He’d finished renovating the house he’d bought in Tottenham, north London, and he wanted...
The Garden Edge: Rethink Your Garden Pathways
With careful planning and planting, your garden pathways and borders can be transformed from ordinary thoroughfares to dynamic spaces that can make a statement and excite the senses. Here are my favorite tips for planting a garden border that’s easy...
Relax and Reflect in a Blue Landscape
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight,” wrote Victorian art critic John Ruskin. And, indeed, surveys reveal blue to be among the most popular favorite colors. What makes it so well liked? Perhaps the range of...
A Modern Tractor Shed Stakes Its Claim in the Landscape
A tractor shed is probably the last thing you’d expect anyone to toss some design love to. But because these homeowners would be seeing the structure every time they came up the driveway, they wanted something that would catch the eye. They...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good Views
Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost instructed. Good fences can make even better neighbors when they keep the vistas and sight lines open, even as they establish a boundary. The fences below masterfully set property or area limits while maintaining...
Room of the Day: Pool House Welcomes Guests in Style
When you live somewhere that people love to visit, and you like to entertain, what better solution than a pool house with an outdoor kitchen that doubles as the guest quarters? The team at Acorn Garden...
Small Gem Lawns: More Impact From Less Grass
Backyard lawns often have been the background music in the garden, the understated foil to flower borders, trees and shrubs. Today, however, people are rethinking the notion of the sprawling, wall-to-wall, nondescript lawn. Not...
10 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Front Entry
You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping...
Inside Houzz: A Waterfront Property Ditches the Grass for a Garden
From the day she bought her house in California’s Marin County, Windi Heaton imagined seeing every sunset on her back deck, surrounded by friends, the water and a lush, native landscape. Heaton’s backyard overlooks one of the many lagoons in the small...
Once a Barren Rooftop, Now a Serene City Getaway
A lush garden isn’t out of reach in the heart of New York City. Landscape designer Todd Haiman turned a barren rooftop into a serene escape, complete with a dining and grilling area, a daybed, an outdoor shower and plants galore. Careful planning made...
Does Your Landscape Need a Little ‘Cosmic Latte’?
A neutral color palette creates a calm and stylish environment in our homes and provides a harmonious backdrop for furniture and decorations. Can the neutrality of beige and its various cousins do the same in garden design, allowing us to create a compelling...
28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About
For many Americans, fall is when the scorching summer temperatures finally ease to allow comfortable outdoor living. For others it’s a time to start planning for outdoor projects for spring. Either way, there’s a lot you can do to make your outdoor...
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