A screen adds coziness to an outdoor area, and this prefab screen is cheaper than a custom one. It's only on one side of the patio and is topped with an smaller "eyebrow" arbor. St. John Landscapes also saved costs by using low-water, low-maintenance plantings in the award-winning San Francisco backyard project.
An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
This outdoor space makes use of multiple levels to create areas for relaxing, entertaining and playing. Up top, a cafe table sits on the tile patio. Down below, a basketball hoop awaits the weekend game.
This outdoor terrace and living room has a spectacular view of National Harbor, Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC. Live trees, fountain grass and small displays of succulents bring life and greenery to the space. Bold, colorful fabric is used for cushions on a traditional outdoor settee and chairs. A floral indoor-outdoor rug is the centerpiece of the furniture grouping.
The owners of this New York penthouse apartment added overall square footage to their home by creating a rooftop entertaining spot. The concrete planter houses low maintenance shrubs and the synthetic turf feels great on bare feet.
Rather than pay to remove the unsightly metal fence from her Chicago apartment patio, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs covered it up with stained and pressure-treated lumber. The horizontal panels create privacy that the pre-existing metal fence didn’t offer. Red chairs provide a fun pop of color against the brown and gray tones of the patio.
A new entrance from the stairs gives this Brooklyn rooftop a clean, industrial look that is reflected in the straight-lined wood and metal furnishings. The gray and umber palette blends with the urban surroundings and creates a serene spot to relax.
A Restoration Hardware outdoor table with seating for 12 provides a chic spot to take in the view from 23 stories above Los Angeles. Custom botanicals and potted plants add a lively pop of color to this 1,200-square-foot balcony.
In the backyard of a garden apartment, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan worked to add personality, using items that are easy to take along in a move. “Clients love when we add garden oddities like the bronze rabbit lantern on the steps,” she says. Note, also, the varied container plantings and color-coordinated chair cushions and umbrella.