The patio view from this midcentury modern home is stunning: A pool in the distance is lined with lounge chairs for sunning and surrounded by the endemic trees of the region for privacy. Near to the home, an outdoor dining table and living area provide ample space for entertaining, and a fire pit adds warmth and pizzazz.
Hardwood decking and a stone enclosure add a rustic vibe to this contemporary area featuring an outdoor dining table and white umbrella. Warm throws and patterned pillows lend a cozy feel to the space.
This outdoor sitting area provides a peaceful escape with its wood planked enclosed walls and a vibrant overhead umbrella. Lush plant life, including pink flowering trees and raised garden beds provide the space with a lively look.
This Spanish-style outdoor fireplace provides the perfect place to cozy up to on a chilly evening. A low wall creates additional places to sit, and also frames an area for plants, including these Mexican Fan Palms. The seating area is completed with the addition of iron chairs, a coffee table and sofa.
Relax by this magnificent pool and enjoy the view under the shade of an outdoor umbrella. Large palm trees and bright green hedges surround the pool area with rich, bold color for a visually appealing outdoor entertaining space.
You’ve seen regular outdoor umbrellas no doubt, but here’s a clever solution for tiny spaces. This Outdoor Half Umbrella with Pole, $299 from Grandin Road, is the perfect shade over a door, on a balcony or along walls or windows. You won’t have to mount it, as it comes with a sturdy base that keeps the half-umbrella tightly against any flat surface.
This expansive backyard features a pond with a small beach area, and a neutral wicker lounge chair and coffee table set. Pops of vibrant orange color, as seen in the outdoor umbrella and throw pillows, add a fun touch, while evergreen trees and a mountain view provide a stunning natural backdrop.
A string of twinkling lights will add a little something special to any outdoor space, but vintage-style lights with exposed filaments go the extra style mile. Edison String Lights, $39.95 from CB2, add a fun party attitude to decks and patios and look great wrapped around an outdoor umbrella.
See how the rich and famous live on HGTV's House Hunters, such as this Miami penthouse, which boasts its own private deck as well as magnificent views of South Beach and the city skyline. Crisp white umbrellas contrast well with the striking blue of the ocean and add to the hip and trendy atmosphere.
The outdoor entertaining possibilities are endless: Pull up a lounge chair alongside the beautiful pool. Have an al fresco dinner party with the help of the grill. Or sit back and enjoy the formal gardens from under the pergola.