Stone pathways flow seamlessly through the lawn and flower beds, creating a timeless feel to the outdoor spaces. Comfortable outdoor benches and dining area allow the homeowners to enjoy their woodsy surroundings, as well as the views of the lake.
The sloped property is maximized by terracing the backyard and creating a variety of outdoor spaces. The traditional-style building reflects the look of the main home and houses the mechanical equipment. The cozy fire pit area features built-in stone benches, while a grouping of Adirondack chairs sits on the patio to take in the warmth.
The backyard is transformed by host Jaime Durie of The Outdoor Room with a deck across the entire back of the home. French doors lead out to a pair of benches that step down to the yard, while the other side features a dining table under a pergola for a shaded spot to eat.
A public gathering area at a Malibu, Calif., market is trimmed with trees, drought-resistant plants, ample lighting and benches to both encourage mingling while keeping crowds contained to one location.
Antique stone pavers reclaimed from China cap the knee walls, act as floating steps and as coping on the benches. The aged patina is impossible to reproduce since it comes from hundreds of years of use and adds a historical permanence to the garden. Water is heard as it gently pours from a hand-chiseled stone rill into an elongated pool. Filled with koi and water lilies in bloom, the water reflects the sky above, surrounding trees and plants.
Even the most utilitarian space (like an entryway bench) can sparkle with the season if you add some special touches. Here, a fleecy throw fancies up the boot bench; greenery and a row of sparkly white mini trees helps define the ledge a top a half wall, and a line of stockings is promise of the special night to come.
An elegant outdoor dining spot sits under a tree with hanging paper lanterns. Raised flower beds with ornamental grasses border the bench seating, which is paired with brown wicker chairs to provide plenty of room when entertaining.