Wide windows with Craftsman styling shed a lot of light on this transitional kitchen. The designer's top goal was to brighten the space. The windows not only bring in loads of natural light, but they also offer a great view of the garden outside.
A dramatic entry to the garden features large native and tropical trees to help hide the view of the property from the street. Horizontal fencing, sculptural palms and large masses of tropical understory all help to create the sense of a lush, expansive entrance.
The designer of this transitional California family room reconfigured the windows and installed a large picture window in a formerly solid exterior wall. Now the homeowners have an enchanting view of their garden and crabapple tree from the family room and the adjoining kitchen.
This gorgeous, Greek Revival-style home is just as impressive from up above. Thanks to this aerial view, guests can see that the property boasts a main house, formal motor court, a converted garage and stunning formal gardens.
The front patio was designed for breaking bread with friends and enjoying views of the garden. A long wooden table centers the space, with a buffet that keeps dishes within easy reach, while a black accent wall adds a touch of intrigue.
A staircase boasting ebonized oak treads floats above twin steel channels in this contemporary home. At the lower portion of the staircase, a clear glass wall offers views of a beautiful garden. As you ascend the stairs, frosted glass takes over, offering shade and privacy.
Designed to be "the perfect island retreat," this vacation home in Jamaica includes ocean views and a lush tropical garden. Two stone columns mark the entrance to the property, with a paved path that guides visitors past the plants and towards the main entertaining spaces.
An impressive stone garden wall with circular cut-out provides a backdrop for a comfortable lounge area next to this South Florida home's pool. The circular window provides a view into the garden beyond which is planted with towering bamboo, Queen palms and Mexican Fan Palms. The elevated stone patio is the perfect place for visitors to relax poolside and soak in the sun on three contemporary, mesh lounge chairs.
Creamy Calacatta marble countertops and white subway tile blend with dark cabinetry accents in this bright, clean-lined kitchen. New wide windows and French doors overlook the gardens and offer lovely views from every angle. Neutral walls visually connect the open kitchen to the adjacent family room.
This eight-acre property on Camano Island, Washington, features a 4,700-square-foot main house, a guest house, a post-and-beam barn, chicken coop, apartment and original owner's house. The property also offers flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees and sweeping waterfront views.
A beautiful wooden gate leads to the parking area behind the Rash home. The tall gate lends a sense of privacy to the garden but the cut-out design with wrought iron makes the space still feel connected to the world beyond and affords a handy view.
A love of color and a collection of Suzani blankets inspired the palette and design of this eclectic library. A pair of classic wing chairs is perfectly sited to take advantage of lakeside views. Two shimmering garden stools sub as ottomans to bring in a bit of bling.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
"Structured with whimsy" is how hostess, designer and tastemaker Danielle Rollins describes her Atlanta garden in the posh Buckhead neighborhood which she has designed to provide interesting views no matter what the angle. "I like the vistas" says Rollins. "One room goes to the next and invites you over." Clematis, roses, jasmine and honeysuckle in shades of white, silver and chartreuse keep a uniform look in the garden.
A birds-eye view of this contemporary garden shows just how many different uses the space encompasses. Take a dip in the pool, relax by the fire pit, or soak in the hot tub - there's something for everyone in this sleek and sun-soaked space.
To maximize the views from inside the house, the majority of the outdoor living space was placed on the street-side front yard. A pool was a must for the clients. The existing 60-year old Dragon Tree on site was carefully protected throughout construction and formed the inspiration around which the house and garden were designed. The tree shaped the garden and planting palette, while providing the depth and age a new home may lack.
A fully outfitted home gym features a wall of mirrors and a view of the stone garden wall. The contemporary space has the same neutral color palette and warm wood finishes as the rest of the home, which blends contemporary fixtures and finishes with Tuscan touches.
This view from the garage to the garden entrance on the side of the home shows how well-placed lights enhance the look of the property, highlight specific design details and make the walk to and from the garage safe and secure.