Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home. This thoughtfully designed backyard is an excellent example. Here, a Douglas fir pergola provides structure over the back patio, while the composite decking connects the entries of the house acting as an outdoor hallway.
Take the architectural route to your fire pit area with sculptural furniture, minimal decor and a contemporary chiminea. To create a focal point and ground the space, opt for a tall chiminea standing at least five feet.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining after dark ambient lighting adds sophistication to any get together. Sure, real candlelight is nice, but the convenience and safety of today’s programmable battery operated LED candles is hard to resist.
Outdoor Living Area With Wicker Sofa and Coffee Table
Outdoor furnishings as beautiful as their indoor counterparts make for a sophisticated but comfortable patio area. Red throw pillows look vibrant against the lush green lawn; the animal print ones add a playful punch pulled from nature. The pillows can be changed out with the seasons or on a whim for a completely different feel.
A back patio, outdoor grilling area and second-story balcony combine to make an impressive double-decker outdoor entertaining space. A beautiful pergola over the grilling station adds a rustic touch to this charming outdoor area.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
Transitional Home Features Stone and Stucco Exterior
Stone and stucco combine to create this home's beautiful, sophisticated exterior, and a metal roof completes the transitional look. In front of the home, a paved courtyard provides space for outdoor entertaining.
Two neglected yurts on this 106-acre Santa Barbara, Calif., ranch were converted from neglected storage spaces into glamorous outdoor retreats. Custom canvas walls provide privacy and protection from the elements, while a reclaimed-wood washstand and shower make for comfortable, convenient outdoor living.