Outdoor Living 540 Ideabooks

A Luxury Greenhouse Lures Manhattanites to the Country
One recommendation about a beautiful lunch spot, and this entire project's scope changed. During an interview about designing a patio, landscape architect David Fierabend sized up his potential clients' tastes and suggested they check out
Pave the Way to Landscape Style With Flagstone
Flagstone is a landscape chameleon, one of those materials that is widely used for a great number of garden projects. But because there are so many different types of flagstone, you have some questions to ask when you shop for your project: How much should...
Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 12 Wonderful Ways With Planters
Whether you use them to cover up flaws, ramp up style or simply delight your senses, there is little that the right planters (filled with the right plants) can't do. And unlike intensive projects, like building a new deck, setting out fresh pots can be...
14 Beautiful In-Between Spaces: Verandas Around the World
We rarely move between the inside and outside of our homes without some form of in-between space or cover — it could be a stoop, porch, balcony, veranda, courtyard or canopy. This might be where we initially greet a visitor, sit and read a book, take...
10 Rock Wall Ideas for a Style-Strong Patio
Rock walls have long been used to define outdoor spaces and add natural appeal to the landscape — drive through any New England village and you will likely see low rock walls dotting the countryside. Landscape designers and homeowners today are updating...
Classic Summer Furniture: The Adirondack Chair
Yep, it really was designed in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In 1903, to be exact. Throughout its next 110 years of life, the Adirondack chair has become an iconic image of summer. It's synonymous with front porches, lake house, fire pits, beach...
Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit
More than nearly any other outdoor feature I can think of, a fireplace (or fire pit or bowl) instantly makes the yard the place where everyone wants to be. It easily becomes the focal point of a space, drawing friends and family together around its warm...
8 Outdoor Playspace Ideas to Nurture Kids' Imaginations
Isn’t it funny that so many of our young children ignore their presents in favor of the box? And why not? A box isn’t just a box. It’s a fort, a rocket ship, a car, a boat ... And the same idea goes for outdoor playscapes. Jungle gyms can be a fun...
Strike a Balance: Stuff vs. Space in the Garden
I bet I know what you’re doing right now. You’re looking for ideas for your garden, hoping to find that one inspiring photo that starts your creative juices flowing. The one that results in an “ah ha!” moment and breaks a stubborn case of designer’s...
Reinvent It: An Eclectic Texas Garden Grows From Creative Salvaging
By snapping up the teardown next door, this retired Texas business owner was able to expand her garden to the east side of her Fort Worth home. "East-side gardens are very desirable in Texas, due to the intense afternoon sun from the west; now her house...
A Toronto Rooftop Gets a Luxurious Makeover
The owners of this Toronto townhouse have neighbors on both sides, but they still wanted to take full advantage of their spacious rooftop patio. Privacy was an issue, as was the narrow space, and they wanted to make the outdoor lounge low...
8 Modern-Day Moats That Float Our Boats
Water in the garden is magical; even more so when it's adjacent to the house, requiring us to cross it to reach the front door. Maybe the magic comes from childhood stories of castles and moats, but moats certainly don't exist only in castles. Traditionally...
Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 10 Wonderful Ways With Built-in Benches
If you are looking to make a lasting change in your outdoor space, you can't beat the durability and style of built-in seating. Fresh patio furniture is fabulous, but the right built-in bench, designed to suit your space to a T, can make your patio feel...
Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Earn Rave Reviews for Your Patio's Entrance
If you've been working on getting your patio in shape, show it off in the best possible way by choosing the right entrance. This mini guide is designed to get the inspiration flowing, so you can get started building the patio of your dreams. From...
5 Gravel and Stone Types for a Rockin' Landscape
I love rock in the garden, but I particularly love gravel and other small rocks. I work them into nearly every design I create for my clients, as well as in my own landscape. Why the love affair with gravel? It serves many purposes, from solving drainage...
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