15 amazing outdoor rooms
Beach house patio
"I was driving by a store in L.A., saw this 1960s patio furniture, and screeched to a stop," designer Kristen Ewart says. "It's modern without being stark, and petite — there's not a lot of room out here." See more photos of this California Beach House.
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The ultimate covered porch
This covered porch has a mix of antique wicker; the fabric is "lemonade- and sangria-proof," says designer Robin Bell. Because who wants to clean up a mess after a relaxing afternoon?
The sunroom, part of the original 1952 house, is also the entrance. Photographer and owner Amy Neunsinger installed two pairs of double glass doors to create an indoor-outdoor flow. "The room really feels more like a patio," she says. The photographs include several taken by Neunsinger and her photo assistants. Antique Chinese chairs are paired with a vintage Saarinen table. Coffee table by Eric Troop; chandelier from Ochre. Walls are painted Van de Cane by Dunn-Edwards.
Designer Jean Larette chose the Janus et Cie Balcony chairs in the outdoor dining room to match the wild mustard flowers that blanket the surrounding Napa roadsides. The tabletop is concrete; legs are salvaged railroad ties. See more photos of this farmhouse-style home in California Wine Country.
In this outdoor room, "everything is meant to be a backdrop for the view," says the designer, Fern Santini. "You can see the entire Austin skyline, and a chain of lakes." Classic iron furniture from Janus et Cie.
A stone faux-bois dining table from France and iron gazebo from Anthropologie sit at the end of designer Jill Sharp Brinson's gravel driveway. "The gazebo was a display at a mall store in Atlanta, and I lusted after it for years. One day I was there shopping and I saw a 'for sale' tag on it. I bought it on the spot." With the help of Dan Cleveland of Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts, Brinson planted waves of clipped boxwood, magnolia, hydrangea, anise, and holly to screen out the 20-story building just 15 feet away.
Covered outdoor dining
This beachhouse deck is a low-key island paradise. Designers Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie chose a clean-lined dining table and bench made of cedar from old Manhattan water towers, weathered to a soft gray. Homeowner Andrew Corrie rigged a bamboo framework to support his homemade roof of lashed bamboo poles.
Earthy colors and decor
Designer Sandy Koepke chose earthy ochers and green colors to make this outdoor kitchen feel more natural, even with stainless steel appliances.
Camp style: Porches
Architect Gil Schafer converted an open porch to a screened porch and, next to it, a dining room. Color expert Eve Ashcraft chose Narragansett Green for the porch floor and Stonington Gray for the ceiling, both from Benjamin Moore.
Chaise recliner in a rustic setting
A Brown Jordan chaise stretches out near a limestone fountain. Joe Nye designed this space overlooking the rustic steps which climb the lushly planted hillside on the Pacific.