This stately home was softened with beautiful curves to compliment the brick lined walkway and dramatic pool. Every nook and corner in the landscape was a perfect opportunity to create a creative landscape vignette.
Porch Lights, Planters Establish Symmetry and Balance
With identical light fixtures and planters on either side of the door, the front porch exudes symmetry and balance. A window at the end of the hall frames the ocean, transforming a natural feature into a living piece of artwork.
First impressions are always important, and you can set the tone for the rest of your property by carefully selecting exterior components that give your house a personality. This natural stone walkway, lush landscape and warm exterior add sophistication and wow factor.
A deck looking over a hillside of Japanese maple, oak, redwood, acacia and pine provides the perfect setting for snacks, relaxation and contemplation. Several terra cotta pots filled with flowering plants and ornamental grasses are set at the top of a small staircase connecting a walkway to the deck.
Decorated Metal and Stone Outdoor Dining Table with Oversized Pillows, Greenery and Vases
Oversized pillows do the obvious work of cushioning metal outdoor dining chairs, but they also can disguise wear and tear. Designer Monica Stewart, who owns The Misfit House in Athens, Ga., positioned these strategically to cover up scuff marks on chairs. If you’re on a covered porch, you can even grab indoor pillows to spruce up a space for an evening of entertaining and then bring them back inside.
Embrace the aging process. The brown and gray tones of the seasoned logs that Georgia designer Monica Stewart stacked next to this outdoor dining table ties into the patina of the table, without having to repaint or redo the legs to freshen up the look.
Stone Cottage With Garden Full of Flowers, Herbs and Plants
An outdoor garden sits just outside the bedroom in this stone cottage, allowing smells of the flowers and herbs to waft through the open windows. The charming garden adds a beautiful touch to the exterior of the stone cottage.
Outdoor Dining Area Decorated with Firewood, Greenery and Textured Materials
Just like interior designers do inside the home, infuse an outdoor dining area with texture to make it more attractive. On this porch, the chopped firewood, stone tabletop, vases with rough and glossy stripes and floral-inspired pillows do the job. “I like to bring in as many textures as I can,” says Monica Stewart, a designer in Athens, Ga., who owns The Misfit House. A potted succulent also draws the eye through the space.