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.
A complete renovation turned this formerly drab bungalow in the heart of Jamestown, a small island off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, into a charming and functional cottage. The design team added a gabled dormer and covering above the front door, as well as a master suite at the rear. The home's style complements the owner's love of gardening, as well as its East Coast locale.
Decorated Outdoor Bar Table with Champagne Bucket and Flowers
A semi-tarnished champagne bucket or used water pitcher can make a chic and unique flower vase, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. If you have a covered porch or patio, don't be afraid to buy indoor pieces and spray paint them with outdoor protectant, she adds. Also, you can create a bar cart by buying an existing side table or thrift store steal and gluing a tray you already own to the top it. Then paint it or stamp it with your initials or a welcome message for guests.
A covered back porch leads to an enclosed pool deck outside of this charming contemporary cottage. A row of bright blue chaise chairs make this private outdoor space an ideal spot to entertain or just relax in the sun.
Exterior View of Cottage With White Trim and Full Length Windows
An exterior shot of this tiny slice of paradise showcases the floor-to-ceiling windows and the front door trimmed in white. Semicircular planted areas feature short shrubs that add appeal without taking over the exterior of the house. The black paint is a bold finish against the lush, natural surroundings.
Fixer Upper Hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines updated the exterior of Karla Griffis' ranch-style cottage home with fresh light-blue paint, unique Chevron-patterned wooden shutters, new natural wood support beams and fresh landscaping.
Cozy Country Cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
This beautiful country cottage has been renovated to include a warm color palette that plays on the warm, California sunshine let in by skylights and expansive multi-pane windows and French doors. The ceilings are high pitched and feature exposed beams, creating the cozy cottage feel in this just over 2000 square foot home.
Enchanting Cottage Backyard With Paver Patio Walkway, Natural Rock Pond and Cozy Sitting Areas
A paver pathway leads out into the backyard to a sitting area that looks back over a reflective pond. Along the way a sunken fireside patio is separated from the pathway using natural stone steps. Mulched garden areas surround the patio sections giving natural life and color to the design.