Make fruity ice cubes for a summer treat that's tasty and refreshing. Simply fill an ice cube tray with water, then drop in raspberries and slices of lemon, lime and orange. Once frozen, the infused cubes are perfect for adding flavor and cooling down a glass of water or fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Why we love it: Dark leaves provide consistent season-long color in planting beds. Cut stems of this shrub are terrific in bouquets. Pretty spring flowers open in pink shades. Look for different sizes of dark-leaf ninebark, including dwarf and miniature versions.
Nestled between the main house and the guest house lies a fully equipped summer kitchen, waterfall and infinity edge pool. There's no skimping on the views from every angle of the outdoor living space. It's easy to escape at this mountain retreat.
Summer is all laid-back vibes so set out various mini foods for guests to nibble on instead of hosting a formal sit-down meal. Mini layered BLT salads are the perfect excuse to use ingredients in your own backyard.
With the simple addition of decor, this lake house family room is ready for the summer. Designer Nancy Snyder and her team put together two looks for the living space: one for summer and one for winter. A glass fish, beach painting and summery throw pillows transform the space into its summer look.
Originally, the home's backyard had sparse grass and a stone walkway leading to the dock. While the space was large, it was not functional for entertaining, so designers added a stylish outdoor living space complete with a summer kitchen. The pool, strategically positioned to draw the eye to the open water canal, was built with a sun pad, and the surrounding patio was updated with stone pavers to provide a stylish place to entertain. Palm trees and bamboo line the perimeter of this outdoor space to create shade and soften the edges of the design, making this patio the perfect outdoor oasis.
On summer weekends, this loggia becomes a destination spot where family and friends gather for al fresco dining and conversation. Green and white patterned chairs, orange solid and patterned throw pillows, an outdoor kitchen, and arched architecture with script decorate the space with a southern Mediterranean flair. Mustard yellows and stone accents complement the theme of the space.