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Outdoor Living 557 Stories

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. Outdoor living is seeing a bit of an explosion lately: Adding a...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Design Workshop: How the Japanese Porch Makes a Home Feel Larger
I’ve written in the past about the essential nature of transitional spaces in a home, which are used to link interior and exterior areas. These spaces have been assigned a variety of names throughout...
Give Your Outdoor Rooms a Cozy Winter Makeover
While it’s certainly true that in some regions sitting on the patio in midwinter is not realistic, for those who live in mild climates there’s no reason outdoor rooms must sit unused for several months. To tempt yourself onto the porch or patio, even...
Sit Back and Enjoy the View From This Brooklyn Rooftop Garden
The polish and attention to detail that come from being a design professional didn’t prevent Brook Klausing from letting go a little in his own garden. Klausing, who runs a high-end residential landscape company in New York, embraced...
Visit London’s Shed of the Year
Carpenter, painter, musician and sculptor Joel Bird started working on his garden shed four years ago. “It was like an experiment, really,” Bird says. He’d finished renovating the house he’d bought in Tottenham, north London, and he wanted...
The Garden Edge: Rethink Your Garden Pathways
With careful planning and planting, your garden pathways and borders can be transformed from ordinary thoroughfares to dynamic spaces that can make a statement and excite the senses. Here are my favorite tips for planting a garden border that’s easy...
Relax and Reflect in a Blue Landscape
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight,” wrote Victorian art critic John Ruskin. And, indeed, surveys reveal blue to be among the most popular favorite colors. What makes it so well liked? Perhaps the range of...
A Modern Tractor Shed Stakes Its Claim in the Landscape
A tractor shed is probably the last thing you’d expect anyone to toss some design love to. But because these homeowners would be seeing the structure every time they came up the driveway, they wanted something that would catch the eye. They...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good Views
Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost instructed. Good fences can make even better neighbors when they keep the vistas and sight lines open, even as they establish a boundary. The fences below masterfully set property or area limits while maintaining...
Room of the Day: Pool House Welcomes Guests in Style
When you live somewhere that people love to visit, and you like to entertain, what better solution than a pool house with an outdoor kitchen that doubles as the guest quarters? The team at Acorn Garden...
Small Gem Lawns: More Impact From Less Grass
Backyard lawns often have been the background music in the garden, the understated foil to flower borders, trees and shrubs. Today, however, people are rethinking the notion of the sprawling, wall-to-wall, nondescript lawn. Not...
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