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- Dustin Peck
Whether gathered around a fireplace or nestled amongst a lush garden, these outdoor spaces all provide dreamy escapes.
Why we love it: Gray Azek decking, gray cushions, and a charcoal striped rug lay a neutral foundation on this showhouse deck allowing yellow and green accents to take center stage. The yellow and green hues are cheerful and welcoming. A cozy throw and the option for shade make this an ideal outdoor escape.
Design: Jennifer Orne
- Ed Gohlich
Rise and Rock
Why we love it: The brick paver patio is beautifully juxtaposed with adobe walls and wooden pillars, creating a Southwest aesthetic. White wicker rocking chairs with unique iron rails, offer up stylish relaxation so comfortable you may just get some shut-eye.
Why we love it: We never say no to rosé or sitting around the fire, and in the midst of a luscious garden, this inimate getaway provides the opportunity to lean back and enjoy the company around you. A hammock off to the side allows for personal relaxation; a trio of chairs encourage socializing.
Landscape designer: Thomas Wilhelm
- Kim Cornelison
Why we love it: Pair a pool terrace with an oversized fireplace and comfortable seating, and we’ll never want to leave. When the sun has gone down, family and friends can warm up by the fire in cozy outdoor sofas. Throws and pillows layer in shades of navy add an acquatic touch.
- Werner Straube
Comfy, Chic Loggia
Why we love it: This moody loggia features snazzy patterns that encourage guests to sit and stay a while. White hydrangeas contrast against wood architectural details while the dark navy lends itself to an all-season color, making this space a year-round enjoyment.
- Laura Moss
Why we love it: This little nook focuses on simplicity and places attention all on the view. Wooden garden benches mirror on either side of the coffee table, creating an intimate conversation space. Vegetation gives privacy, but doesn’t overwhelm. Just take a peek over the hedge to enjoy the breathtaking view.
- Keller and Keller Photography
Why we love it: This intimate corner feels like a secret hideaway from the rest of the world. Trees surrounding the space create privacy and tropical colored pillows jazz up the setting. This space is perfect for sitting back with friends and enjoying their company.
- Erica Dines
Why we love it: A stone fireplace really makes a statement in this lovely outdoor space. Add comfortable arm chairs, lanterns, and a full pile of wood for a cozy evening outdoors.
- Werner Straube
Why we love it: The off-white loungers and striped pillows in beige ooze Hamptons style, with a touch of modern industrial. White hydrangeas paired with an oversized lamp perfectly mixes classic with the contemporary.
Design: Keith Baltimore
- Robert Brantley
Why we love it: With neutral-colored furniture and surroundings, the turquoise setting just pops off the table! Textures and patterns in blue are balanced by a white ceramic fish sculpture and vase of lilies.
Design: Lisa Peterson and Melanie Hayes
- Stephen Cridland
Why we love it: Stone pavers lay out a path to enjoy every bloom along the way in this sweet backyard garden. Iron chairs overlook the entire floral scene and offer a quiet moment to ponder.
- Nathan Schroder
Why we love it: Nothing says character quite like an old-fashioned wooden rocking chair, and this space features two. Paired with blue throw pillows to complement blue accents throughout the area, this terrace is an ideal spot for kicking back and people watching.
- David Patterson
Why we love it: Neutral patio furniture will stand the test of time and can be spiced up with throw pillows that complement the true attraction—summer blooms. Here, mauve-colored pillows bring out the bright hues of potted plants that create an exotic setting that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.
- Emily Followill
Why we love it: Look up! A soaring ceiling offers plenty of open space for sunlight to stream in and breezes to pass through this peaceful loggia. A full landscape view can be enjoyed during the day, but white curtains can be drawn for warmth and privacy. Roomy outdoor sofas and a wide coffee table make this area perfect for game nights or movie marathons with the whole family.
- Adam Albright
Why we love it: This perky coral and aqua beach-style chair makes even a home in the city feel coastal. Pair it with a Moscow Mule and an afternoon read—how can you go wrong?
- Tria Giovan
Why we love it: Verdant plants surround this sitting area with patio furniture to match. Geometric pillows add interest but are kept simple in order to direct attention to the greenery.
- Charlotte Moss