Outdoor Living 543 Ideabooks

Explore Your Garden Personality: The Extrovert
We gardeners are a diverse crowd. Many of us are introverts, finding joy and solace in communing with nature. The private spaces of introverts tend to reflect their solitary nature, whether they are artists,...
Give Your Compact Patio Some Major Style
Even if your outdoor space is smaller than average, it is possible to create a stylish, welcoming outdoor room you’ll love to spend time in. From creating privacy and adding mood lighting to choosing furniture you love, we hope you will find an idea...
10 Favorite Shed Features for Comfort and Joy
My fascination with small spaces started when I was a kid. Our house was small, with tiny closets. The hall closet was the space designated for my things only. I loved that little closet and filled it with all my favorite things, really the first space...
How to Add an Outdoor Shower
Showering often feels like more of an obligation than a pleasure — especially if you exercise and have to take more than one a day. Which might explain the burgeoning popularity of outdoor showers. “You’re showering outside in the elements, and...
How to Get an Outdoor Kitchen of Your Own
Entertaining your family and friends always feels more relaxed and fun when you can do it outside. And if you entertain more than six people at one time and have sufficient space, an outdoor kitchen might be just the ticket.
Room of the Day: Vacationing at Home in Louisiana
The owner of this Old Metairie, Louisiana, home had had a particularly rough year and, after taking some much-needed time off in Mexico, she decided she wanted her home to make her feel like she was on a permanent vacation. She hired Mullin...
Gardening for Happy Kids
I grew up in two places: Oklahoma and Minnesota. In Oklahoma we lived on a short hill above a creek, and I’d often seek out that creek to play in. It provided wonder and an opportunity to be imaginative that my office with its acoustical ceiling tile...
Backyard Dreaming: 13 Ideas to Spark Your Imagination
Winter, at least for those in chilly climates, is a time when the garden lies dormant … which also means it’s the perfect time to sit in the cozy house and plan. Would you like to add edibles, a water feature, a flower garden, a new deck or an entire...
A Family-Friendly California Yard Wises Up About Water
Like many American yards, this one in Menlo Park, California, spent much of its life as a lawn. And, as with many lawns in dry climates, it was time to leave this one behind. The homeowner wanted to remove the existing grass in favor of something...
How to Get a Built-in Outdoor Grill
If grilling is one of your favorite outdoor activities, consider creating a built-in grill on your patio or in your yard that allows you to be a chef out in the fresh air. Grills can make a house party easier by getting everyone outside. Your...
Modern Masters Inspire a Glass Garden House
When a Massachusetts couple wanted to add a greenhouse to their property, they did what most people would do: They picked up a catalog. But after reviewing classic gable design after gable design, it became clear that the cottage look was not what they...
Houzz Tour: Convertible Courtyards Change the Game in Australia
The name that Christopher Megowan gave the small house near Melbourne he designed an extension for is telling — and intriguing. It’s the Convertible Courtyards House, telling us that there...
Light Your Landscape for Drama and Function
In the spectrum of home improvement, landscape lighting might be the most overlooked. It is, however, one of the least-obstructive design projects you can undertake. You won’t have to move out or do without the kitchen, be limited to the use of just...
An Indoor-Outdoor Serving Bar Opens the Possibilities
If you love outdoor entertaining (and who doesn’t when you have the space?), you know that having an easy transition from kitchen to patio or deck is ideal. But sometimes there just isn’t room to add an extra door or window — at least not without...
Ecofriendly Fire Pits: Casting Backyard Campfires in a New Light
There’s an earthy romance associated with fire pits, especially wood-burning ones. They remind us of cozy evenings around the campfire. But wood fires contribute to air pollution, and some cities have banned wood-burning fire pits. In response, savvy...
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