Patios 150 Stories

Having an outdoor room is like getting to have your cake and eat it too. Furnishing a protected outdoor space — whether that's a covered terrace, a pavilion, a loggia or a cabana — lets you enjoy the fresh air with all the amenities of home. Whether your idea of the perfect outdoor room includes a place to dine in with...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
How to Pick the Right Floor for Your Garden Room
Every room needs a floor, and outdoor garden rooms are no exception. Paths, decks, patios, overlooks, trash can storage pads, lawns, ground cover plantings ... they’re all floors. If you can walk on it, store something on it or roll around on it, I...
How Brick Fits Into Today’s Gardens
Leaning against a brick garden wall warmed by the autumn sun, I pondered whether this ancient building material has a place in contemporary garden design. Is it a relic of traditional gardens? Brick has been a favorite material for gardens for centuries,...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Does Your Landscape Need a Little ‘Cosmic Latte’?
A neutral color palette creates a calm and stylish environment in our homes and provides a harmonious backdrop for furniture and decorations. Can the neutrality of beige and its various cousins do the same in garden design, allowing us to create a compelling...
14 Ways to Make Your Grill Setup Better
Grills by themselves aren’t much to look at. They’re basically large, hulking pieces of stainless steel that stick out like sore thumbs in our backyards. So we’re always trying to slip covers over them or wheel them around to the side of the house....
Room of the Day: Spa-Like Relaxing in a London Garden
Shortly after the successful renovation of their 1920s home, the owners of this London property invited their architect, Lester Bennett of Folio Design, to work his magic...
20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair
Summer offers a lot for us to celebrate: vacations, long days, warm nights and visits with friends near and far. Outdoor entertaining, from lunch on the deck and happy hour at sunset to dinner by candlelight and fireside gatherings under the stars, embodies...
Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening
When you are on vacation, it seems natural to end up outdoors in the evening and even into the night, simply enjoying being outdoors. On camping trips it’s all about stargazing and marshmallow roasting; at a beach house, you might sneak down to see...
Plant Your Hardscape for Unexpected Green
An exceptional garden employs the unexpected to tell its story. The ordinary is nowhere to be found. The author of this kind of garden is attentive to every detail to create a one-of-a-kind experience. By contrast, hardscape is often too predictable...
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...
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....
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...
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,...
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