Fun details fill the house with personality, like the rope swing and fireplace on this covered porch and the round porthole-style window in the nearby library. Designed by Bill Moore, Chris Reebals and Emory Ratliff
Outdoor Dining Space: High Style Meets Function in Dallas
The home features a spacious patio with multiple seating areas, one being this outdoor dining spot with a rustic picnic-style table. Geometric pendants hang above the table, adding a contrasting punch of modern style.
Drown out the sound of passing traffic, literally. Grunder Landscaping Company installed a water feature in this patio that sits close to a road. With adjustable settings, the waterfall’s pleasant gurgle can be turned up or down as needed.
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.
Nestled between the main house and the guest house lies a fully equipped summer kitchen, waterfall and infinity edge pool. There's no skimping on the views from every angle of the outdoor living space. It's easy to escape at this mountain retreat.