Outdoor Living 533 Ideabooks

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...
How to Give Your Garden More Soul
I don't want to start an argument, but that's inevitable when you talk about the subject of soul, especially in music. Marvin Gaye, of course, had soul. Robin Thicke doesn't. What's a soulful garden? It's expressive of you and your family. It's authentic,...
3-Season Rooms: Open-Air Living in a Guest Cottage Pavilion
When creating a guesthouse, the golden rule applies: Create a space where you'd love to spend time yourself. "This homeowner loves to head back to the pavilion with a glass of wine and a book," says architect Heather Young. "The space just draws people...
Is It Time to Consider Fake Grass?
Fake grass, you say? Don't scoff. Synthetic turf is moving beyond football fields and golf courses to become more common in home landscapes. I'll show you how this material can make sense in many home applications and even solve some landscaping problems...
7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard
Details, details, details. You can have the best design and great ideas, but if the project doesn't include some important finishing touches, it may fall flat. That goes for the outside of your house as well as the inside. And when you're talking about...
See a Fairway-Side Pool House That Goes With the Flow
Los Gatos, California, enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. The only precipitation that worried one local family was the kind stamped with "Titleist" — falling golf balls are a common hazard when you live next door to a golf course. So...
3-Season Rooms: Fire Warms a Pergola-Covered Pennsylvania Patio
“There was an awful acrylic hot tub here and a big retaining wall, and that was about it," says Robert Nonemaker, landscape designer and owner of The Outerspaces Group. To make better use of the...
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