Outdoor Living 493 Ideabooks

Houzz Tour: Way-Out-There Modern Living in Sydney
It may look like a simple cottage from the front, but the rear of this Australian home opens up to a surprisingly modern outdoor living space. Like the other houses on small lots in this eclectic neighborhood, in a suburb of Sydney, the house is...
Reinvent It: A Houzzer Turns Thrifted Pieces Into a Swinging Daybed
When Cathy Zaeske was planning the screened porch of her dreams, a swinging daybed was a big part of it. "The inspiration for the swing came from the goal of the porch —...
7 Ideas to Get You Back on the Front Porch
The front porch has evolved along with the quickening pace of everyday life. Porches were originally designed to create a more tolerable living space — a place for rest, relaxation and cooling breezes. Their decline can be attributed to...
Double Take: This Outdoor Screen Makes Game Day a Snap
Browsing Houzz the other day, I came across an outdoor media pavilion that stopped me in my tracks. How is the TV protected from weather? Just how big is it? Who are these people? It turns out this is a family of big Michigan State University fans, and...
9 Urban Gardening Tips From Hong Kong Rooftops
Hong Kong is a concrete jungle — dense and filled with towering skyscrapers. Hong Kong's rooftops can become the perfect refuge from this chaotic city, and those with plant life can help better the air quality too. Whether...
Hens Nest in Style in a Modern Nevada Coop
“Designing for chickens isn't much different than designing for people," claims designer Jen Dalley. When Dalley decided to host a small flock in her Ely, Nevada, backyard, she used...
Give Your Garden an Arresting Point of View
Be it a grouping of ornamental trees or a fountain, a focal point is often displayed at the heart of a garden, lending a sense of importance or a calming balance to the design. Focal points lend order to chaos. They define a place for the viewer...
Step Up Your Garden Game With Terraced Plantings
There are many points to consider when planting terraced beds: the materials used for the retaining walls, the right plants for the conditions created and the balance of the plantings in relation to the hardscaping. By getting the plantings right, not...
Frame a Garden View for Intrigue and Abundance
Good photographers learn how to crop the extraneous details from the outer edges of a picture to improve its quality. Similarly, you can improve the overall picture of your garden when you impose a frame around its views. The classic elements...
5 Tips for Choosing a Primary Outdoor Color
You've worked hard to create an interior space that expresses your sense of style. Your favorite finishes, textures and colors provide a sense of place that's uniquely you. Your outdoor living space should be an extension — or at least an echo —...
12 Ways to Make Better Use of Yard Corners
Let's take it outside! We've been making corners work hard all over the house; it's time to make the most of the corners in the yard. Whether you live on several acres or have a postage stamp–size...
13 New Ways to Make a Splash With a Hot Tub
When the weather is chilly and the snow has been falling, there are few better places to be than in a toasty hot tub. Although they've always had their fans, spas have come a long way and can now accommodate almost every special request. Looking to target...
Get on a Composting Kick (Hello, Free Fertilizer!)
Let's start by stating the obvious: Composting can seem daunting. As far as garden activities go, it gets a bad rap. It's associated with yucky smells, out-of-control heaps, rats, gardens full of mushy soil and bits of eggshells. But in reality, it is...
What You Need to Know Before Buying Chicks
You might not think of baby chicks in the dead of winter, while the ground is frozen over and icicles are dangling from the eaves. Cold as it may be, winter is the time for ordering chicks, particularly if you are going to order rare-breed chicks...
Australian Vertical Gardens Create an Artful Outdoor Retreat
We’ve seen vertical gardening before, but in this residential renovated garden near Perth, Australia, landscape designer Andrew...
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