Outdoor string lights are ideal to enhance the ambiance of your patio, courtyard or backyard, with so many possibilities to personalize your outdoor living space. Chances are you have string lights that spend 11 months of the year tangled in a box. Why not bring them out and use them to decorate your outdoor living spaces throughout the year! String lights should not be winter-only decor. To create your own magical outdoor oasis that is perfect for entertaining, we have gathered together for you an assortment of images to help you feel inspired. In the past we have brought to you other outdoor inspiration, such as Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas and Inspiring small veranda decorating ideas if you are looking for more ideas.
Traditional white lights plugged into extension cords, battery-operated LED lights, globe and cafe string lights, bulbs shaped like stars, snowflakes or jalapenos — they all work to decorate your outdoor living space. Try looking at Pottery Barn, Party Lights, Amazon or Ikea for some unique and fun string lights. There are many ideas to stringing lights such as hanging them from a trellis, arbor, on fences, along rooflines, or you can wrap them around railings, fences or porch posts. You can also create a light ceiling by bringing stars a little closer by creating your very own night sky. String two clothesline in between trees, then drape a string of Christmas lights from one end to the other in rows. Alternately, use an outdoor umbrella as a center point and string lights outward like spokes on a wheel. Have a look below for some ideas to bring sparkle to your next outdoor occasion.
These wonderful lights were just a string of large bulb holiday lights that the homeowner strung up.
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North Star Ranch explores a distinctive Mediterranean style design by Miller Architects in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado. The owner raises cutting horses, but has spent much of her free time traveling the world. She has brought art and artifacts from those journeys into her home, and they work in combination to establish an uncommon mood. The stone floor, stucco and plaster walls, troweled stucco exterior, and heavy beam and trussed ceilings welcome guests as they enter the home. Open spaces for socializing, both outdoor and in, are what those guests experience but to ensure the owner’s privacy, certain spaces such as the master suite and office can be essentially ‘locked off’ from the rest of the home. Even in the context of the region’s extraordinary rock formations, the North Star Ranch conveys a strong sense of personality.
The ranch offers a soothing color palette and takes advantage of the spectacular mountain range views throughout the home.
Photos: Courtesy of Miller Architects
Lakefront residence is a stunning home design comprised of 4,900 square feet of living space, situated in Falls church, Virginia, designed by Moore Architects. From the architects, “Waterfront lots along private Lake Barcroft are rare finds, so when this property became available, the clients took the house as it was: a weathered symbol of the 1960’s split-level. The architects sought to exploit the existing street side/water side split personality of the residence. The landscaped street face of the house, containing entry, garage and guest rooms, retains the scale of the original. The rear of the house, with living and dining rooms, and master suite, explodes into the woods, opening views to the steep hill that plummets to the lake below.”
The glassy master bedroom was conceived as a tree house blurring the line between interior and exterior. The rear terrace, essentially an outdoor room, leans out into the maples. Ultimately it’s the connections between the levels of the house and the landscape, erasing the boundaries between front and back, inside and outside, above and below, that make a composition out of the parts.
Photos: Hoachlander Davis Photography
This beautiful traditional style lake house, situated in Salisbury, Connecticut was built by Crisp Architects to become a vacation getaway for the client’s. The resulting design serves as a perfect getaway for any family complete with lots of outdoor space, expansive decks and beautifully detailed interior spaces. The architects took advantage of the beautiful surrounding views so even when indoors, one can appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors. A large kitchen and charming living spaces make this home great for entertaining as well.
The light fixtures hanging over this gorgeous dining table are from Period Lighting Fixtures in Clarksburg, Massachusetts.
The beautiful kitchen features honed absolute black granite countertops, with cabinetry finished in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.
The bedroom offers incredible views over the lake with a balcony where the owner’s can spend evening gazing at the lake. The bed can be found at Eldred Wheeler handcrafted furnishings.
The mudroom features Benjamin Moore Carrington Beige for the walls and Benjamin Moore Navajo White for the trim.
Photos: Rob Karosis
Metallic accents, glass railings and rock beds greet those who visit this sleek and stunning modern home located in the Southern California community of Corona del Mar. Galatea Residence was designed by Details a Design Firm, showcasing clean lines combined with warm tones to create a soft contemporary decor. Slide away glass doors are found throughout the home and provide a perfect space to enjoy indoor/outdoor living at its finest. Clean lines are also found in the hardscape, windows and roof line. Uplit trees and plants add a natural warmth and beauty.
Among the many luxuries found in this home is having the perfect space to entertain. The great room has a wall of slide-away glass doors, allowing the ocean view and California sunsets to be enjoyed and appreciated. Cool shades of gray are combined with warm wood tones, creating a soft contemporary decor. The wire brushed light oak flooring is offset by planked mahogany insets in the ceiling.
Sit back and relax on the double sized chaise in this soft contemporary great room. Opposite facing back rests are softened with plush, designer pillows. Beauty is added with custom chrome framed, contemporary artwork.
Cool quartzite countertops and stainless steel appliances are enhanced by warm mahogany custom cabinetry in this soft contemporary kitchen. Some of the many eye catching details are backlit mahogany shelves, a planked wood ceiling inset with recessed lighting, and a custom granite covered dining area with metallic bench seating.
Neutral shades of gray and tan create a peaceful, relaxing place to dine while enjoying the spectacular coastal view beyond slide-away glass doors. The glass dining table is surrounded by solid, armless upholstered chairs with striped armed chairs on each end. A sphere shaped chandelier pops against the planked mahogany wood ceiling.
Relaxation at its finest is found in this spacious and open master bedroom. Wire brushed oak flooring and a mahogany planked wood ceiling provide a soft contemporary style. A tufted neutral headboard is contrasted by luxurious white bedding. Rounded upholstered arm chairs face each other in front of the framed flat panel television which hangs over the fireplace. Gorgeous views can be enjoyed beyond the full wall, slide-away glass doors.
Whether you prefer to soak in an oversized, freestanding bathtub or wash away your cares in a spacious, walk in shower, this master bathroom has what you need. An extra large, framed mirror hangs over the custom marble countertop with double rectangular sinks. Sleek hardware is offset against mahogany wood cabinetry.
Table tennis takes a high end, custom turn in this game room with a large built-in wetbar.
Wire backed bar chairs surround the marble countertop, highlighted by under counter lighting. Mahogany cabinetry and shelves provide functionality, beauty and warmth. A large, humidified wine room lines the back wall of this room that begs to entertain.
A large, humidified wine room lines the back wall of this room that begs to entertain.
This contemporary stairway is a true work of art. Wire brushed floors and stairs are set against the glass railings. Recessed lighting highlights the details of this space, including the contemporary artwork.
Indoor/outdoor living can be enjoyed year round in the coastal community of Corona del Mar, California. This spacious atrium is the perfect gathering place for family and friends. Planters are the backdrop for custom built in seating. Rattan furniture placed near the built-in firepit adds more space for relaxation. Bush hammered limestone makes up the patio flooring.
Clifton House 2 is an incredible modern property nestled on a hilltop site in Cape Town, South Africa, designed by Peerutin Architects. Solving the design problem of the site being on a steep slope, the architects created as large an outdoor living space as possible while ensuring the occupants live primarily over a maximum of two floors. “Here, there was an additional constraint; due to the agreement with neighbors over subdivision of the property the house had to be wholly below Nettleton Road.”
The client wanted an architecture that was bold and earthy, as well as light and uncluttered. It also needed to optimize the beautiful views of Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles and the Atlantic Ocean and work for a family with a young child as well as for extensive entertaining and outdoor living. The Garage and Entrance level is accessed via a gentle cascade of steps or the vehicle ramp. From there one can proceed down using the lift which reveals glimpses of views over Camps Bay, or the timber clad stairs, which guides the visitor down while viewing part of the client’s extensive art collection.
The home opens up towards the landscaped garden, rim-flow pool and expansive outdoor entertainment area, including a sunken fire-pit and an outdoor play area.
The spaces are divided into a family living area and a more formal living/entertaining area. The family area links open plan kitchen to living room, study space and playroom while the formal lounge accesses the media room and bar.
The visitor is able to by-pass the private bedroom level, using the lift or the stairs, to arrive on the main Living level of the home.
The next level is the bedroom level housing the client’s bedroom suite and the children’s wing. The bedroom suite contains a private Bali Lounge, double bathrooms, his and hers dressing rooms as well as Pyjama Lounge with Kitchenette.
The lowest level of the house contains an office, a Gym with bathroom, steam room and Sauna, two guest rooms and, in a separate wing, two staff suites.
Photos: Peerutin Architects
This very stunning modern beach house has been exquisitely designed by two professionals in the design and construction industries, situated in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. Just about every surface of this four bedroom, two bathroom 4,197 square foot (390 square meters) home is a piece of art within itself, constructed of either solid American Oak timber or polished concrete. Distinctive design elements create a point of difference across this superbly crafted home. Timber graces such surfaces as cabinetry, ceilings, custom windows, huge wide sliding doors, while polished concrete extends across floors, bench tops, basins and vanities; all combining to create this truly unique home designed to be lived in and abundant with character and style. Timber screening surrounding the street front facade conceals private patio decks connecting to both the master suite and elevated formal lounge, while two enormous sundecks open the home to an easterly and northerly aspect, for private entertaining or gazing across the course.
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Open plan living within the central hub merges with outdoors for a northerly course outlook, while the internal doors from kitchen lead onto private garden and huge entertaining area and decking.
Modern coastal designed facade vastly clad in timber with weathered steel surrounds.
Third living space designed as a fantastic kids play area/retreat with direct external access and can be concealed behind large American oak timber slider.
Huge walk in pantry is a great storage and work space, tastefully hidden behind slider.
Architecturally inspired external timber screening provides privacy and security, while timber sliders open up the home for entertaining and enable flow of the beautiful sea breeze throughout.
Freestanding bath, walk through shower and unique twin vanity create a luxurious en-suite and adults retreat.
Westlight House is a beautiful contemporary waterfront property located in Seattle, Washington, designed by McClellan Architects. The home features a neutral color palette with pops of color splashed throughout. Melded into the hillside, the residence seems to blend into its surroundings to create a natural and inviting living environment. Sliding glass doors in the living room brings in cool breezes from the water and opens the interiors up to the exterior. Large expanses of windows allows plenty of natural light to filter into the home. The outdoor deck features a built-in fireplace and plenty of seating to entertain family and guests and offers wonderful views of the water. The dining area also features a sliding glass door that opens out onto the deck to allow guests to filter out to outdoor seating after dinner.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
This vibrant and colorful 1800s Victorian three story home is situated in the gorgeous Uptown area of New Orleans, designed by architectural designer Marie Palumbo. Anything but ordinary, a couple with their three young kids, a dog, cat and a bird take up residence here. The 6,000 square foot, four bedroom, four full bathroom plus two half bath residence features walls with colorful artwork and original classic pocket doors, eclectic furniture and timeless heirlooms in each room. With the help of the local designer, Marie Palumbo, the couple was able to completely renovate the kitchen, re-purposed some rooms and transformed their backyard into an outdoor oasis to better equip the unique structure for their family’s needs, without losing the home’s original charm. “You never know how you are going to live in a house until you are actually in it,” says the homeowner.
For extra storage, Palumbo designed a full pullout pantry with baskets — visible behind Crystal, the family’s bird.
The kitchen leads into a colorful living room, connected to a sunroom through original French doors. The family considers their sunroom a bonus room, where built-ins and a plush sofa allow for reading and relaxing.
Traditional pocket doors on the right open up into the family’s formal dining room.
The dining room is enclosed by original pocket doors and dressed in more traditional furniture and artwork.
This second living room, between the dining room and foyer, has bold art and furniture that’s mostly from local artists and designers.
Artwork, creative accessories and large Victorian-style windows all face the foyer, giving the more formal living room a warm and inviting feel.
The first-floor guest bathroom off the foyer displays wallpaper inspired from calling cards passed down through generations of the designer Angèle Parlange’s family.
The original staircase, accessorized with two traditional portraits, leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
The original master bedroom and study were re-purposed into two bedrooms for the kids.
Palumbo designed this custom built-in closet and dresser in one room, and then drew up a bathroom plan for the space where the original master closet was.
Once the study, this room now features cowboy-print fabrics, a vintage rocking horse and timeworn furniture for the youngest.
Timeless heirlooms, like this desk from the homeowner’s mother, add subtle charm to the son’s room. To freshen up traditional things, contemporary items are mixed in.
The beige penny tile in the guest bathroom adds warmth to the bathroom’s clean lines. The console table, originally from Mexico, was purchased in Mississippi. The vintage red chair traveled with the family from Minnesota.
Down the hall from the kids’ rooms, the master bedroom showcases the homeowner’s eclectic style. As in other parts of the house, the white linens and calming paint color create a platform for the artwork and bright pillows to stand out against.
Palumbo reconfigured the entire layout of the new master bath to make it seem like a natural extension of the bedroom.
Traditional art, a new layout and modern hardware gave the master bathroom an update while preserving the traditional details. Vertical marble walls enclose the shower. A custom vanity was made to look like a piece of furniture.
A wrought iron gate, with the look of a French balcony, protects the original bathroom windows.
The third story features built-in twin beds, bookshelves and finished bathroom. The homeowner’s added a drum set, a small puppet stand, colorful bedding, a television and a video game setup to create the perfect entertainment area for family and guests.
Clean lines and modern hardware give this small bathroom a fresh look. A narrow staircase in the back of the house connects all three floors.
The guesthouse connects to the main house; it has an outdoor living space and dining area.
Palumbo reconstructed a once-outdoor kitchen into a one-bedroom suite pool house with a bathroom.
The porch has a small circular tower and wraps around the front of the home. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face the neighborhood.
Much like the city of New Orleans itself, this 1800s Victorian home has a historic and traditional exterior, but a vibrant charm radiates behind the doors.
Photos: Corynne Pless
The River Bank House sits along the Gallatin River just outside Big Sky, Montana, designed by Balance Associates Architects. The clients love to entertain, so the house was set up to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The house is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. In such an extreme climate the house was specifically designed to withstand both extremes of the temperature spectrum.
The house is separated into the main living area and the guest wing. The guest area is designed so that it can be shut off from the rest of the house when unoccupied and set back to a lower temperature when not in use. Additionally, the two wings of the house bend in order to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard.
Photos: © Steve Keating Photography