A comfortable, homey outdoor space is a must since the majority of leisure will be spent on this porch with an incredible beach view. The outdoor fireplace, coffered ceiling and candle chandelier make this space feel like a direct extension of the indoor living room.
The historic cottage in old town Key West opens up to a dark wood deck with comfortable wicker furniture, perfect for outdoor entertaining. Steps down from the deck is a stone patio with bistro table and chairs, while tropical landscaping provides privacy and a serene atmosphere.
Off the beautiful Dominican Republic villa is a separate deck, featuring a comfortable sectional, armchairs and nature-inspired coffee tables. Tropical landscaping surrounds the property to provide privacy.
Black-and-white starburst tiles create a striking, graphic look to the outdoor fireplace. Above the chunky wood mantel, a flat-screen TV is concealed behind sliding rustic doors. A comfortable sofa with bright red cushions combines with an exposed wood coffee table.
This Tuscon, Ariz., backyard and sleek swimming pool has stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The outdoor dining and living areas sit under a redwood ramada, which creates an open, expansive environment while providing shade from the Arizona sun.
Lighting is crucial to the design because the grounds are used just as much — if not more — at nighttime as during the day. LED lights illuminate a series of drums where buffets are laid out on the main terrace, while a series of light-display panels in the wall behind them contain video screens that can mimic fish swimming in the ocean, or other scenes to enliven the background for big gatherings. Steps and pathways glow in the dark, along with intimate living and dining areas. In this respect, designing these spaces with furnishings and light placement required an approach similar to a home’s interior.
A sleek rectangular patio is softened with strips of grass and palm trees planted in contemporary water features. The contemporary home features tons of glass and sliding doors that seamlessly blend the indoors and out.
Contemporary latticework creates a chic pergola over the outdoor seating area. Groups of sleek sofas, armchairs and coffee tables, which feature natural woods and soft gray cushions, flank the walkway leading out to the swimming pool.