Outdoor Living 557 Stories

5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard
If you live in a hot climate, your air conditioner is probably your favorite major appliance. However, it can quickly become a major party crasher in the middle of your backyard summer barbecue. That same hulking, boxy piece of machinery...
Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors
Spaces that are neither indoors nor completely outdoors are often among the most trafficked spaces in a home. And they make for good design: We use them to negotiate changes in elevation between inside and outside, for entertaining, to reduce the...
Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and...
Take a Summer Vacation in the Backyard
Let me first confess that my idea of camping is a long, luxurious stay at a five-star hotel with a spa and a Michelin-rated restaurant. But when my two sons were growing up they had an entirely different perspective. They actually liked sleeping...
How to Screen a Seaside Garden From the Wind
Coastal landscapes are continuously blasted with wind and salt spray. A nice sea breeze is welcome on a hot summer afternoon, but the wind can give you goosebumps and a real chill at other times of the year. Windscreens create a livable microclimate in...
Light Your Patio, Extend Your Evening
A pitcher of sangria, a bucket of ice-cold beer, crispy chicken wings and neighbors splayed out in deck chairs watching children catch fireflies. A perfect summer evening? Indeed. But you can make it last even longer by adding lighting to your patio....
How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living
Most of us can use more space, whether it’s for working, storing or doing hobbies. But adding square footage to an existing home can be time consuming and costly. That’s why many homeowners are turning to backyard sheds. These freestanding...
20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms
When I was growing up, “outdoor living” consisted of some aluminum folding chairs and a Weber grill. But with the advent of synthetic wicker, all-weather fabrics, outdoor lighting and indoor-outdoor carpets, you can now live as stylishly and comfortably...
Dare to Go Gray in the Garden
Gray has become a popular color choice for interior walls, as it combines so well with many colors without overpowering them. It is what is known as a neutral or achromatic color — that is, a color without color. Gray can adapt to colors adjacent to...
10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan
A house with a courtyard just may be the (totally unofficial) dream home in temperate locales the world over. An area without a roof, enclosed either completely or partially by the walls of a building,...
Host a Laid-Back Girls’ Night in Your Own Backyard
Ever feel like getting away with your friends, but don’t have the time, money or energy to plan an excursion? Bringing interior design elements outside for a few hours allowed me to create a chic setting for a summertime girls’ night around...
13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area
When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired...
10 Great Ways to Unplug and Tune In to Nature
As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation efforts, the Great American Backyard Campout aims to get kids outside and to connect people with nature, both near and far....
Dream Spaces: 10 Secluded Garden Nooks
Anyone who’s spent long hours working in the garden knows the pleasure that comes from a job well done. And there’s no better vantage point than a garden nook: a small, secluded spot in which to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It can be...
Meet a Front Yard Designed for Gathering
When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living...
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