Outdoor SpacesMediterranean Landscape, Albuquerque
Outdoor furniture: EMU from Room & Board.
Photography by: Chris Martinez
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Using a shade sail with four or more points allows for more curves. With more tension created, a crisp, tight look can be achieved. This Santa Fe, New Mexico-style courtyard garden is the perfect size for a shade sail to stretch from one side to the other. While you don’t need to remove a shade sail when summer’s over, taking down your sail for the winter months will help extend its life. This also allows low sun to enter your home and warm it up.
The couple this backyard in New Mexico belongs to were inspired by the vibrant ambience of Mexico, and incorporated that theme into their space.The outdoor room features woven furniture, which the couple chose to mimic the look of a traditional interior dining room. The shade sail overhead offers protection from the sun, the fountain on the left provides the soothing sounds of water, and the terra-cotta-colored feature wall displays a vertical garden of succulents.See more of this outdoor space
Paint a wall. A feature wall of bright color can inject personality into any room, and the same goes for a courtyard garden or roof terrace. So try painting a boundary wall to bring a bolt of year-round color to your exterior.
One thing that makes eating outdoors really special is bringing the conveniences of the inside to the outside. This inviting and intimate outdoor patio space includes a fireplace, art on the walls and a sideboard — things not usually associated with outside dining, but that enhance comfort and the sense of hospitality. Speaking of hospitality, if you’re like me and love to dine outdoors but don’t like sitting in direct sun, shade is an important factor. On this patio in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, a shade sail provides a cool sanctuary.Learn more about this outdoor dining room