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Contemporary Outdoor Space Perfect for Entertaining
The mirror surface of the pool reflects the ambiance of an evening under the open ramada. The sleek fire pit is surrounded by modern armchairs, while a geometric light fixture hangs over the natural wood dining table and chairs.
By broadening the underside, the exposed beams reach from inside the studio out into a six-foot overhang toward the landscape and main house creating a haven for the family to gather and relax. The wedge shape for the studio is based on a golden rectangle that was squeezed by sight constraints.
Decorated Outdoor Space with Cedar Table and Turquoise Lanterns
Take advantage of a privacy screen or wall separating your patio from neighbors. Hang lanterns, which can cast a glow at night without taking up floor or table space on a patio. Thrift shop for used wire lanterns or globes, spray paint then any shot of color you desire and add candles. A hanging glass lantern project is one that even beginner DIYers can handle.
White lattice provides a crisp, clean border in this stunning Atlanta garden. Danielle Rollins has surrounded her pool with beds filled with a uniform color palette of light green, white and silver. Beds of hydrangea and daisies keep things fresh and cheerful.
Brilliantly arranged to accommodate multiple generations of Danielle Rollins' family, this wing extending off the back of the home is just for Rollins and allows her to fling open the French doors and go for a swim first thing in the morning. "I swim almost every morning," says Rollins, with the pool just "42 steps from my bed." The wing also affords her privacy; her parents' occupy space in the main house and her children and god-daughter live on the second floor of her home.
A board form concrete retaining wall transitions the site grade and creates a pocket facing the lake for an outdoor terrace.
One way to extend the outdoor season here in Vermont is to tuck outdoor spaces into recessed pockets. In this case, the concrete retaining wall provides protection from the wind as well as a solar heat mass to make the terrace warmer than it normally would be.
The tasteful choices making this patio comfortable could be equally at home at a beachfront Mexican hacienda. There's a trio of hammered metal coffee tables, a pom-pom trimmed throw and, for a dose of color, a bold and sculptural snake plant.
The rear patio offers some coverage from the overhang so that the small dining area can be enjoyed rain or shine. A pair of individual swings suspend from the overhang for kids and adults alike to enjoy some leisure.