Outdoor Living 533 Ideabooks

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...
Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 6 Ways to Light Your Outdoor Room
Enhance those long, leisurely evenings on the patio with the right lighting. From subtle landscape lighting and string lights that cast a soft glow to sconces, pendants and more, these ideas will help spark your imagination and plan that perfect patio....
See a Soothing Backyard Bathhouse Born From a Salvaged Tub
When a lilac tree died in Sloan Schang's yard in Portland, Oregon, last summer, it left behind a blank corner. It also provided him with an opportunity. A secluded backyard spa appealed to Schang, a writer and creative director, but the $6,000 bill required...
Make Your Garden Sparkle With Glass Art
Some landscape design dilemmas can't be solved by adding more plants. Towering trees can cast dense shade, creating an inhospitable environment where even weeds can't grow. Narrow gardens are often cursed with poor soil as well as imposing restrictions...
9 Tips for an Outdoor Kitchen That Lets You Enjoy the Party
Have you ever found yourself running back and forth between cooking indoors and cooking outdoors on a warm afternoon? The best way to prevent this from happening is to properly design your outdoor kitchen so that it can function like your indoor...
Bocce, Anyone? Toss Some Popular Games Into Your Yard Plans
Get the family away from the electronic devices and into spending quality time together outdoors, inspired by these green spaces dedicated to favorite lawn games.
Reinvent It: Salvaged Pieces Frame a Parisian-Style Pergola
Pieces from the streets of Philadelphia, inspiration from art nouveau Parisian train stations and barn doors from Amish country come together to connect this historic home to its landscape. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the property looks as though...
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