This mudroom was definitely designed with functionality in mind. The green floor mat encourages guests to wipe their feet, a built-in bench allows for removing boots and shoes with ease, and those trees actually serve as custom coat racks. The room also includes a stackable washer/dryer set.
The homeowner's private collection of bonsai trees inspired designer Bea Pila to designate a special place for a zen garden. A trickling water fountain adds to the sensory experience. An occasional bench provides the option for seated meditation.
With what's called a "butterfly" roof, this midcentury modern home is a vision of indoor/outdoor living. Here, the expansive porch boasts built-in benches, dining table and chairs, and a gorgeous collection of native flowers, plants, trees and succulents.
A floating wood bench is mounted on a stone base wall and padded with black throw pillows. Black, bowl-shaped fire pits placed near the bench break up the empty space leading to the in-ground hot tub. Standing lanterns add a touch of decoration and functionality for evening lighting. Trees and plants surround the area creating natural privacy and adding color.
Transform your bench for the holidays with a quick change of coordination pillows. If you've got open space below, fill it with wintry elements like firewood or even tree cuttings and/or winter boots and snowshoes.
A teak swing and bench are topped with deep navy cushions, creating a comfortable living space that surrounds a fire pit. Hedges surround the patio area and lead out to an Old World-inspired tiered fountain.
The yellow front door creates a stunning visual contrast against the blue Cape Cod home. A small deck features built-in bench seating, while a paver walkway leads through the flower beds around the back of the house.
For this backyard makeover, Jamie Durie had some of the existing plants trimmed back and cared for while new edibles were planted to fill out the orchard. Planter boxes and benches create a hidden enchanted garden.