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Outdoor Living 565 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...
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...
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...
Think Turquoise to Energize or Soothe the Garden
Turquoise, the greenish-blue color that takes its name from the ornate gem, is believed to create a feeling of calm and well-being. Turquoise is touted as a great color to revive interiors, but how about our gardens? Turquoise is one of the most vibrant...
DIY Tree Forts and Deck Bring Out the Neighborhood Kids
While living in a small 1920s bungalow in downtown Orlando, Florida, with their son, this professional couple found out they were expecting another child. They left the downtown area in search of more space and lucked into a semisuburban home...
Beachfront Garden Stands Up to the Elements
This garden sits on Vancouver Island’s dry side, experiencing some of Canada’s mildest weather, but that doesn’t mean landscape designer Jonathan Craggs didn’t face challenging conditions when he was hired to transform an empty waterfront terrace...
Aussie Style: Enduring Appeal of the Classic Queenslander Veranda
Walking into a Queenslander is like stepping into a bit of Australian history. These homes are found in Queensland — Australia’s northeast state, bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea — and neighboring areas. Their high...
An Outdoor Dining Spot Creates Quiet Time in the Heart of San Francisco
Abandoned buildings overrun by squatters and drug needles are probably the last places you’d turn into a family home. But when architect Todd Davis toured the site with his client, a young software developer and his family who were thinking...
8 New Ways to Garden This Year
Another year is upon us — I can tell because just yesterday I had half a dozen plant catalogs in my mailbox (and probably another half-dozen in my email). Dreaming up garden plans for the growing season is what I value most about winter. In no other...
Design Solutions for the Time-Strapped Gardener
Necessity often drives gardeners to design their outdoor spaces with low or easy maintenance requirements. Is there enough time to look after the garden, and do they have the ability to care for it? There is no such thing as a zero-maintenance garden,...
9 Creative Ideas for Urban Outdoor Spaces
Having a piece of green space in the city, no matter how small, is something to treasure. But urban outdoor spaces are notorious for being oddly shaped, not so sunny and, yes,...
Color Sparks a Winter Landscape
While waiting for spring to arrive, I took a trip to the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. Tucked away in a deep green wooded area...
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...