Living is rarely contained inside the walls of a house. It spills outside to back porches and patios and meanders down stone paths; it sits quietly in an ivy draped gazebo and listens to the song of a backyard fountain. Outdoor rooms and garden walkways offer opportunities to discover that abound through the grounds and surrounds.
More than just visual adornments to dwellings, porches and gardens are interactive gathering places perfect for replenishing solitude, the company of friends and the hallmarks of a cherished home. When planning your outdoor living space – think about the purpose as well as the aesthetics. Areas for reading or reflection for example, will require more shade and comfortable seating. Open gardens loosely defined by stone walks and living walls create ample entertaining space and views of nature.
Use some of the comforts of indoors to enhance the outdoor experience. Using throw pillows on top of a stone sitting area invite your guest to sit and do so comfortably. A tiered, wrought iron cart acts as a casual beverage tray and transports items from one place to another chicly. Fashion a dining room with a basic bistro table and well placed architectural elements for hosting small dinners as well as cocktail hours.
A more literal translation of an outdoor room is a gazebo. A gazebo combines the best of shelter and open air. Outfit the covered space with not only practical furniture but also the decorative elements of a home such as pillows, curtains, tables and even paintings.