One of the home's delightful outdoor spaces is this sunken patio. The patio itself is stone, carefully constructed to blend harmoniously into the setting. Over the dining area, vines climb up and around a steel arbor to make a lush canopy.
ANN ARBOR, MI - JULY 16: General view of The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, billed as the largest gathering of art fairs in the country, on July 16, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
Wood arbors designed by TLC Gardens and built by Trellis Structures layer the yard for additional texture and visual interest. When paired with ornamental grasses, these accents feel earthy yet dramatic.
About 45 miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor is a thriving college town with a population of nearly 120,000 people. In 2010, Forbes listed Ann Arbor as one the most livable cities in the United States of America.
When the homeowners of this rustic cabin on Lake Lure in North Carolina decided to make the weekend retreat their full-time home, the kitchen and outdoor spaces had to be improved. One of the renovations: A timber arbor frames the new front door which welcomes guests and provides a visual transition into the peaceful retreat.
The dream behind this farm's charming grounds: Create a quiet retreat from day-to-day demands to read, dine, nap, visit and garden. The result is an inviting series of outdoor rooms, joined by walkways and wooden arbors.
An intricately patterned arbor crafted from aluminum casts lovely patterns of light and shadow across this backyard patio designed by Exterior Worlds Landscaping, including order shrubs for privacy, drought-tolerant plants and a bed of limestone chips for flooring.