A Dozen Dreamy Outdoor Living Spaces
It’s time to get outside! We’ve rounded up twelve of our favorite porches, terraces, decks, rooftop gardens, and fireside retreats from Flower magazine. Relax and take in these inspiring outdoor spaces for dining with friends, chilling poolside, or simply enjoying a priceless view.
At a family getaway house in the Bahamas, designer Marshall Watson chose a bold stripe for the outdoor chaises with a playful bright blue for the pillows. Photo by Francesco Lagnese. ©The Art of Elegance
by Marshall Watson (Rizzoli New York, 2017). Buy the Book
See more of this home (and others) in "Marshall Watson, Master of Elegance
Garden designer Jon Carloftis designed this rooftop garden retreat for the 21c Museum Hotel. It takes full advantage of the downtown Louisville, Kentucky river views. Photo by Thomas Hart Shelby
See more of Carloftis's rooftop gardens (including work for Google's New York HQ and actor Edward Norton) and more pastoral landscapes in "John Carloftis: City Roofs & Country Roots
The walled garden of a Houston home presented an opportunity for architect Ray Booth to layer the living space into the exterior. Photo by Laura ResenSee More of Booth's Designs
An existing broken concrete wall was the starting point for developing this inviting seating area. Walls make great backdrops for staging big seating pieces and when combined with tall plants, help create a room-like feeling. ©Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces
, by Judy Kameon, Rizzoli New York, 2014. Buy the Book
. Photo by David Tsay at Kate Ryan, Inc, courtesy of Rizzoli
Landscape designer and author Judy Kameon shares tips for stretching the outdoor living season in an excerpt from Gardens Are for Living
, in "Extend the Garden Season
Let's spend a weekend hanging out on this porch designed by architect, Keith Summerour. In his book, Creating Home
, Summerour writes, “The porch represents the middle zone between the conditioned and the uncovered and permits us the exquisite pleasure of keeping one foot in comfort and the other in the wild.” Photography © Andrew and Gemma Ingalls, from Creating Home: Design for Living
by Keith Summerour, Rizzoli New York, 2017. Buy the Book
Read the Q&A and see more of Summerour's designs in "Architect Keith Summerour
California designer Mark D. Sikes extols the virtues of creating a natural connection between house and garden with color, motifs, and plant materials. At Sikes’ own home, a terrace becomes a natural extension of indoor spaces with its blue-and-white furnishings and accessories, and ficus-covered walls. Photo by Amy Neunsinger
Enjoy an excerpt from Sykes book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style (Rizzoli New York, 2016), in "Decorating with Greens."
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A desire to be closer to nature lured Brooke and Steve Giannetti to Ojai, California, where they've built a house and gardens that appear to have been there for ages. One of Steve’s favorite places to relax is on the L-shaped sofa around a fire pit that looks like a campfire. Photo by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith. Buy the Book.
See more of the Giannetti's beautiful home and garden in "A Natural Patina."
Nap-ready! Deep purple and pretty prints cover the cushions on this Palm Beach, Florida porch swing surrounded by tropical vegetation. "Growing up under my mother’s roof meant color was just a part of life. Right now I’m loving purple. It’s rich but almost comes off as a neutral."—Liza Pulitzer Calhoun. Photo by Jessica Loren
See more of Liza's breezy, beach-chic style and get her tips for laid back entertaining in "Living Color
Jennifer Amodei chose a blue-and-white theme in this outdoor sitting area, which she filled with furniture from Sunset West and pieces from her collection of blue-and-white porcelain. Photo by Todd TylerSee More of Amodei's Designs
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