The estate has some of the finest waterfront views in southeastern New England. Breathtaking vistas stretch in all directions, taking in Watch Hill, eastern Long Island, Fishers Island and Stonington Village.
Part of the charm of this resort's landscape design is how the residences are incorporated seamlessly into the gardens. Here, Adirondack chairs are nestled next to large blooms of flowers and ornamental grass.
All it takes to create an outdoor getaway is a comfortable chair or two. Here, designer Erin Benedict chose a pair of Adirondack chairs softened by large cushy pillows. And, note the pulled-back curtain to one side: If you have a place to hang a curtain rod or wire, an outdoor curtain adds softness and privacy. “Elegant black and gold striped drapes perfectly frame the Adirondack chairs, adding a contemporary element while complementing the timeless architectural details of the early 1920s structure,” Benedict says.
This 300-square-foot patio at HGTV Smart Home 2013 comprises 30-inch cement slabs designed to replicate steppingstones. Mondo grass softens the gathering space, furnished with Adirondack chairs and designed to accommodate quiet conversations.
To preserve this gracious tree, the design inspiration for the home, the split-level deck was built directly around it. The lower deck is almost as large as the upper one, and it is shady and cool all day.
The fire pit is a stone's throw from the outdoor kitchen. Complete with a refrigerator, grill and durable zinc countertops, the kitchen is set for outdoor entertaining. Reclaimed wood gives the barbecue station a rustic, weathered look –– the perfect complement to the rugged fire pit.
Behind the large, rectangular pool, a fire pit and chairs provide a tucked-away spot for chilling out -- and maybe roasting marshmallows! The area is surrounded by a low stone wall, and just beyond a brick wall around the pool is a lovely addition to more rustic and large stone masonry. Shrubs, plants and a lush lawn complete this outdoor living space.
To encourage conversation among both friends and acquaintances, position lounge chairs around a fire pit with s'mores and cocktail essentials. Encouraging guests to face one another helps facilitate easy conversation.