The Outdoor Room transformed this sun-scorched backyard into a poolside oasis thanks to a white pergola. The structure is nestled in the corner of the yard with a small deck. Outdoor benches extend from either side, enjoying the shade of towering trees.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”
When you’re dreaming of green acres but living with the reality of a small terrace, consider using vertical spaces like walls or railings for plantings. Here, Guido Keller of Lotus Gardenscape used a custom-made wall planter by Ore to create a vertical garden. The client chose a brightly patterned rug and simple furnishings to complete the inviting effect.
You don’t need a lot of space to create a multifunctional outdoor living area. Here, designer Lisa Aiken packed a pair of lounge chairs with quick-dry seats, and a high-top bistro table with stool seating for four onto a compact rooftop terrace. “The high table lets diners overlook the beach,” says Aiken.
This spacious backyard area is enclosed with natural wood planks and lush green plants, lending a modern look. A small outdoor kitchen offers countertop space for food preparation and a stainless steel grill, providing the ideal spot for outdoor entertaining.