Outdoor Living 495 Ideabooks

What to Know Before You Buy Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak has long been a top choice for outdoor furnishings, due to its buttery gold color and durability. Its high content of naturally occurring rubber and oils serves as Mother Nature’s weatherproofing, protecting against water, rot and insects, ensuring...
15 Ideas for a Children’s Discovery Garden
Playing outdoors provides kids with physical activity and fresh air, encourages a love of nature and creativity, and can even help develop problem-solving skills. But the average big square of grass, while great for soccer matches, doesn’t...
10 Fun Features to Bring Your Landscape to Life
Try something wonderfully unusual — think a moon gate, art-bedecked boulders and colorful trellises — to give your garden pizzazz. Daring to be a bit out of the ordinary can be richly rewarding. Here are 10 head-turning...
8 Ways to Beautifully Integrate an Outdoor Hot Tub
Soaking in a bubbling outdoor hot tub is one of life’s great pleasures. When the tub is not in use, though, staring at those ugly vinyl covers can feel like a bucket of cold water is being dumped on your head. Hot tubs present bigger aesthetic challenges,...
Dream Spaces: Gracious, Spacious Front Porches
Like rotary phones and black and white TVs, a good old-fashioned front porch makes me think of quieter, gentler times. Those were the days when, without the distractions of the digital world, homeowners would gather in rocking chairs or lounge on porch...
Grow a Lush Privacy Screen
Having a good relationship with your neighbors is key to enjoying your home, but that doesn’t mean hanging out with them in your outdoor space, unless they’re invited. And while good fences really do make good neighbors, they...
Orange in the Garden: Do You Dare?
Orange is perhaps the most contentious color to use in the garden — we tend to either love it or hate it. Yet in gardening it has a very good pedigree. Gertrude Jekyll, a Victorian gardener famed for her skill in the use of color in planting schemes,...
Explore Your Garden Personality: The Extrovert
We gardeners are a diverse crowd. Many of us are introverts, finding joy and solace in communing with nature. The private spaces of introverts tend to reflect their solitary nature, whether they are artists,...
Give Your Compact Patio Some Major Style
Even if your outdoor space is smaller than average, it is possible to create a stylish, welcoming outdoor room you’ll love to spend time in. From creating privacy and adding mood lighting to choosing furniture you love, we hope you will find an idea...
10 Favorite Shed Features for Comfort and Joy
My fascination with small spaces started when I was a kid. Our house was small, with tiny closets. The hall closet was the space designated for my things only. I loved that little closet and filled it with all my favorite things, really the first space...
How to Add an Outdoor Shower
Showering often feels like more of an obligation than a pleasure — especially if you exercise and have to take more than one a day. Which might explain the burgeoning popularity of outdoor showers. “You’re showering outside in the elements, and...
Room of the Day: Vacationing at Home in Louisiana
The owner of this Old Metairie, Louisiana, home had had a particularly rough year and, after taking some much-needed time off in Mexico, she decided she wanted her home to make her feel like she was on a permanent vacation. She hired Mullin...
Gardening for Happy Kids
I grew up in two places: Oklahoma and Minnesota. In Oklahoma we lived on a short hill above a creek, and I’d often seek out that creek to play in. It provided wonder and an opportunity to be imaginative that my office with its acoustical ceiling tile...
Backyard Dreaming: 13 Ideas to Spark Your Imagination
Winter, at least for those in chilly climates, is a time when the garden lies dormant … which also means it’s the perfect time to sit in the cozy house and plan. Would you like to add edibles, a water feature, a flower garden, a new deck or an entire...
A Family-Friendly California Yard Wises Up About Water
Like many American yards, this one in Menlo Park, California, spent much of its life as a lawn. And, as with many lawns in dry climates, it was time to leave this one behind. The homeowner wanted to remove the existing grass in favor of something...
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