Outdoor Living 550 Stories

Let's Revisit Some Revolutionary Garden Thinking
I grew up in the 1950s, and I remember our garden as being typical of the period: composed of a central lawn surrounded by borders and a vegetable patch with fruit trees at the back — a result of the U.K.'s "Dig for Victory" campaign of the war years....
Chill Out: 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat Outdoors
Summer doesn't have to send you and your guests clinging to the comforts of air conditioning, especially if you're willing to make your backyard a little more inviting with the addition of some welcome shade, air movement or maybe a splash of water. ...
Patio of the Week: Playtime for the Whole Family
Before its remodel the main feature of this Oakland, California, backyard was a gray concrete wall with a weedy hillside above it, and a small lawn area where no grass would grow. The lackluster view was all that could be seen from the living room windows....
Light Up Your Night With an Easy Outdoor Table Lamp
This might be the easiest lamp makeover you'll ever see. A quick trip to Goodwill, where I found a really cool pink acrylic lamp, and to the hardware store and a few minutes with a pair of scissors were all it took to add some soft light to my outdoor...
Koi Find Friendly Shores in Any Garden Style
Koi ponds are almost a staple of certain landscapes, particularly Asian- or tropical-inspired styles, and are easily at home in many contemporary gardens. If you love koi but these landscape styles don't appeal, don't worry. It's surprising how well koi...
Create a Casbah on the Patio
Have you got your outdoor living space ready for summer weather? Whether it's a tiny porch high above the city, a covered patio, a deck or, lucky you, an expansive backyard, curtains can turn your outdoor room into the perfect...
8 Ways to Rev Up Your Garden Color With More Than Just Plants
Dare to add some dramatic color to the garden this year. There are many ways to bring bold splashes of color to your patio, border or lawn, such as simply throwing a few bright accessories around, painting a chair a shocking hue, adding a few colorful...
Great Escape: A Tiny, Off-the-Grid Hideout in the California Woods
Looking down from the top of the hill, you won't see this tiny house at first glance. The 90-square-foot structure is tucked on a little ledge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, covered with redwood bark and a living roof to blend in with the coastal California...
Find Your Summer Patio Party Style
When the weather is fine, it's time to take the party outside. Whether you love planning elaborate menus and decor, or prefer easy last-minute cocktails with friends, the key is finding the fete to suit your style. Get inspired by these eight outdoor...
Houzz Call: Show Us Your Great Patio, Deck or Rooftop!
I am putting my Basement of the Week series on hold for the summer to get us away from the subterranean spaces and outside during the nice weather. We'll be featuring a great patio,...
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...
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