The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.
Tree stumps serve as woodsy and rustic side tables, the perfect size for cocktails. Draw inspiration from this outdoor seating area by Chicago interior designer Tom Stringer, who injects a classic, multi-layered modern approach into his work.
With a fire pit on your patio, you’ll want to spend time outside even as temperatures grow chilly. Just imagine roasting hot dogs or s’mores as you cozy up to the blazing warmth. Columbus, Ohio’s Hidden Creek Landscaping built this one to blend in with the house’s Tennessee flagstone.
Accessorizing with vintage winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, a sled and skates, gives a rustic cottage appearance to a North Carolina front porch decorated by blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. The sports equipment joins yard sale finds, including the table, vintage wooden toolbox and the dresser frame.
Natural Colors Complement the Home's Magnificent Surroundings Rather Than Compete with Them
Designers used natural colors and materials in the construction of this home so that it would blend into the beauty of Sopris Mountain that surrounds it, rather than competing the the magnificent view.
This outdoor shower with wooden surround and greenery is ideal for everyone, including pets. Rinse off after a dip in the pool or use it for cleanup after the kids have an extra muddy play session in the backyard.
This small weekend retreat on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, Calif., looks out on breathtaking panoramic views of ocean and foothills. The flagstone and gravel patio leads to a cozy fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.