7 cozy fall-inspired outdoor spaces
Designers Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas's client loves to entertain, so they set up the open-air loggia in a Hermosa Beach, California, house, with a fireplace, a flat-screen TV, and overhead heat lamps, "so he can use it all year." The loggia is furnished with a Provence love seat in synthetic wicker and St. Barts teak lounge chairs — all from Restoration Hardware — an Ikea Brommö deck chair, a white-painted African table from Berbere World Imports, and Brantley lanterns from Circa Lighting.
Designer Gil Schafer supplied the private dock of a rehabilitated 1939 Connecticut cottage with reclining chairs, lanterns, and large red towels.
Outdoor dining room
This is the kind of outdoor table that your family will linger at long after supper is over. The pendant fixture is great for when the days are getting shorter, and the cushions are welcoming for fall lunches, too. Designer Alex Papachristidis chose classic shapes and, rather than bright hues, neutral colors, which work well for fall in this outdoor dining room in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Designer Tobi Tobin completely revamped the backyard of her modern Hollywood Hills cottage. She used brick from an old patio for the new fireplace and created a terrace from sand mixed with granite. A candlelit chandelier can be raised and lowered by a rope pulley rigged to a tree. It casts a soft glow over Restoration Hardware's Gun Barrel Salvaged Wood dining table and all-weather wicker from World Market.
The covered porch of this traditional mountain home by architect Ruard Veltman has wood and metal furniture by Ruard Veltman Architecture and offers views of the North Carolina Appalachian mountains.
There's no reason why outdoor furniture shouldn't be as comfortable as indoor furniture. In a Santa Monica, California, house designed by Michael S. Smith, the inviting daybeds on the upstairs balcony are from the Amalfi collection by Janus et Cie and are covered in outdoor fabric from Kravet.
The starry print on two of the pillows is Smith's Star Atlantico in Ocean, from Jasper. Teak coffee table and side tables from Sutherland. Glass hurricane lamps from Home Art.
For her Connecticut property, designer Bonnie Edelman carefully crafted a fire pit.
"My parents always encouraged us: invest in your own property, not in country clubs," says her husband, John. "So till bedtime it's for s'mores and family bonding. After bedtime it's romantic." Designed with storage in mind, speakers are hidden in the walls of local stone, and logs are stacked under the benches.