Outdoor Living 540 Ideabooks

A Greenhouse Rises From Texas Tornado Wreckage
Carolyn Pace says she’d rather be up to her elbows in dirt than cooking in the kitchen. So when a small tornado demolished her backyard pole barn, the Centerville, Texas, resident worked with her husband, Gary, to transform the damaged structure...
Design Your Landscape for Peace and Quiet
Whether it’s the busy boulevard at your front curb or the kids next door having a screamingly good time, a noisy environment makes it hard to relax and enjoy your yard. Noise pollution is a stressful irritant that is almost impossible to eradicate,...
Beat the Frost With Natural Terra-Cotta Containers
As the first frost blackens the summer bedding in our pots and containers, thoughts may go to replanting for the spring with hardy bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs. It’s a good time to think...
See a Deluxe 'Catio' Built for Feline Fun
You know those people whom stray animals just seem to find? When it comes to cats, Tom and Liz are those people. At present 16 cats have found their way into their hearts and home. Some are shelter cats once deemed unadoptable, others have wandered onto...
3-Season Rooms: Shade and Swimming for a Tudor-Style Patio
The hot and sweaty summers of Richmond, Virginia, were keeping this family of five from enjoying their yard as much as they wanted to. With the help of Cox & Associates and Tuckahoe...
3-Season Rooms: An Open and Shut Kitchen Case
Taking inspiration from an airplane hangar, this kitchen transforms from an indoor space to an open pavilion with the lift of a few doors. An important element of this family of five's pool-house renovation, it's a favorite spot for gathering and...
How to Outsmart Backyard Critters
Just the other morning around 2 or 3:00, I was startled awake by Santa Claus and his reindeer landing clumsily on my roof. "That’s weird," I thought. "It’s not even November." I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, dumbfounded.
How to Pick the Right Garden Ceiling
You’re sitting in your garden. You look up. What do you see? Robin’s egg–blue sky and cotton ball clouds? A leafy canopy shimmering in a breeze? Perhaps it’s an umbrella, a gazebo or a rose-covered trellis. Every part of your garden...
3 Essential Elements of an Artful Garden Path
An outdoor path comes in one of two categories: 1) a directional tool to move people to a destination as efficiently as possible, or 2) a device that allows people to engage the senses as they meander toward a destination at a leisurely pace. I...
3-Season Rooms: From Unused Space to Fab Outdoor Kitchen
An empty covered area off this home's patio and pool was going to waste, but now it's a beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen. Interior designer Arlene Lord connected the new kitchen to...
3-Season Rooms: Luxe Meets Rustic on an Ozarks Terrace
When it came time to carve out and decorate outdoor rooms on this 100-foot-long terrace, the home's architecture and spectacular site in the Ozark Mountains provided the design inspiration. "I was guided by the fact that the home had a rustic style that...
Garden Levels Transform a Steep Slope in Australia
Untouched for decades, this steep site in Northridge, a suburb of Sydney, had an unusable sloping lawn with an unfortunate view of the family's carport. This outdoor area had little usable space, with the exception of a small paved area surrounded by...
A Contemporary Terraced Playspace Celebrates Imagination
A young married couple asked architects Teresa Rosano and Luis Ibarra to redesign their older home on a Tucson, Arizona, hillside with the goal of bringing a sleek, contemporary aesthetic to the natural desert landscape. Years later, when...
Landscape Design: A Secret Garden
We all could use a special place in a garden where we can relax, read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or simply listen to the birds. It can be a retreat we share with others or use for private contemplation. Whatever the size, purpose or place, the key...
Simple Pleasures: 9 Ways to Get Cozy Outside This Fall
Crisp mornings, colorful foliage and the urge to squeeze the most out of waning daylight hours add up to a bundle of good reasons to enjoy your outdoor rooms and spaces this fall. From outdoor dinner parties to s'mores around the fire pit, the following...
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