A round patch of bright green grass creates a crisp vignette in a courtyard of this grand estate in Auckland, New Zealand. The four-level mansion is surrounded by a lushly landscaped property bursting with amenities and activities, offering the ultimate in luxury living.
The enclosed courtyard off Oak Court, a International architecture style home in Dallas, Tex., is ideal for nighttime entertaining. The sleek pool water feature has jets that light up, while simple landscaping of trees and a round rock bed create an elegant yet contemporary display.
Landscape designers Mark Scott and Associates' design for the exterior of this lovely home shows their know-how in developing a concept and carrying it through. The exterior of this home, while lovely on its own, is strengthened by the type and placement of the landscaping, such as setting a straight line of planters against rounded portico entrances and adding green space to divide the garden area from the house.
A grouping of nautical balls hangs in place of a chandelier in this colorful, eclectic courtyard. Mesh screening filters light and provides privacy, and various seating options offer a quirky, comfortable haven for conversation. Functional accent tables feature a range of sizes and colors, but their round shapes provide continuity.
Indoor/outdoor living can be enjoyed year round in the coastal community of Corona del Mar, California. This spacious atrium is the perfect gathering place for family and friends. Planters are the backdrop for built-in seating.
Though beautiful year-round, this historic home particularly shines in the autumn, when the changing leaves complement its brick exterior. A gate gives the owners and guests access to the cobblestone courtyard.
This Mediterranean outdoor patio is enclosed in a courtyard. There's a dining table and a rounded fireplace. Wrought iron dining chairs push the Spanish colonial look, and a pergola covered in grapes provide shade as well as character.
Inspired by the Louisiana architecture of A. Hays Town, the reclaimed brick spa, was specifically purposed to replicate a courtyard fountain. A copper-screened cabana house includes an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and temperature controls for year-round comfort.
Clean lines and contemporary furniture mix with traditional lighting and Mediterranean design details in this California dining room. Curved lines create harmony in the space, from the arched doorways to the recessed ceiling dome to the round mirror above a modern console. Black and white art is a theme that carries through other rooms in the home's 11,000-square-foot interior. A wall-size pocket door opens this space to one of a series of outdoor courtyards.