A peninsula adjacent to the patio doors makes indoor and outdoor entertaining a snap in this kitchen by Ryan Christenson of Remodel Works Bath and Kitchen. The counter area can be used as a buffet or as a place to keep burgers out of the sun before they go on the grill. White cabinets keep this kitchen bright and sunny while olive green subway tile adds a splash of color.
On a cool spring afternoon or perhaps on a chilly evening in autumn, this comfortable outdoor area, created by C.B. Conlin Landscapes, is just the ticket for some quiet time. The freestanding stone fireplace, with its soft rustic style, coordinates well with the adjacent flooring, planters and arbor to allow the brightly colored patio set to take center stage. These choices also work well against the lush backyard greenery.
This is a modern home on a private estate located at Seven Canyons of Sedona, Arizona. The space is created to fit the natural beauty of the site with large picture windows that help integrate the interior with the outdoors. The design offers an environment that incorporates natural materials. An expansive patio lounge and pool with stone and water features creates ample space for entertaining and enjoying cool summer evenings under the stars.
This South Florida home's backyard poolscape features multiple entertainment areas defined by the use of varying hardscape materials. A feature wall with a gallery-like installation of fire sconces and water spouts is contrasted by the stone hearth and fireplace across the ipe wood patio to its right. The sunken seating area and fire pit within the swimming pool are unique features that emphasize the drama and luxury of this outdoor space.
Before committing to an outdoor coffee table for your porch, patio or courtyard, think about investing in something that can serve multiple functions and float around for use in several areas. A grouping of three concrete occasional tables ranging in shape, height, finish and color adds a sculptural touch and also allows guests to have their own individual surfaces to put down drinks and plates.
Jordan Grantham of The Happy Homebodies and her husband transformed two ordinary flower pots into a bubbling fountain for their patio. Make your own flower pot fountain with any two pots — one larger than the other — a water pump and landscaping rocks. Note that this fountain must be placed near an outdoor electrical outlet in order to run.
The backyard showcases a beautiful modern swimming pool, with an infinity edge and spillway, stairs leading up to a higher patio seating area and an adjacent cabana space. To match the color palette and tone of the rest of the home, natural hues were used with variations of grays. The infinity edge pool gives a modern design, a palm tree was shipped in from Miami to give a tropical summer feel while flowerbeds were layered with tons of texture and color to complement the outdoor space.
In addition to having amazing taste, Henry also has an undeniable green thumb. The twin fiddle leaf fig trees (my all-time favorite interior plant) flanking the pair of white leather Eames lounges are the clear MVPs in this space. Believe it or not the case goods on the left were not all purchased together. Henry found them from multiple sources and was more pleased than anyone that the pieces came together so well. Here in his second floor home office, Henry finds comfort in the classic sectional facing the outdoors or on the upper level patio perfect for watching fireworks celebrations in downtown Atlanta.
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.
The relaxing streaming sound of water from a bubbling garden fountain is a joy to many outdoor-decor-minded homeowners; finding unobtrusive ways to power that fountain, however, can be a kink in the stress-free stream. A solar-powered fountain can go anywhere in the yard or patio, though (as long as there’s a conduit to a sunshine source!) without worrying about tripping over cords or surge-protection proximity. Some solar fountains have separate panels that stake next to the water feature, while others, like the solar fountain pictured, have an integrated solar panel in the top bowl to maximize ray-catching and minimize aesthetic distractions.
You may not think of a chipmunk as a pest, but when it starts digging under shrubs or patios, your view may change. Chipmunks actually cause the costliest damage to established landscapes, unseating retaining walls, destabilizing walkways and even killing mature roses or shrubs (by digging directly under the trunk). Once chipmunks dig tunnels, other critters arrive to set up housekeeping in those tunnels, including voles, shrews and snakes. Chipmunks visit gardens with bird feeders and other ready sources of food or water. An outdoor cat or dog can help keep these critters at bay, as can garlic oil pegs you toss into tunnels or various repellents you sprinkle onto flower beds or near tunnel openings.