Creating a cozy outdoor bedroom oasis is a wonderful idea to enjoy warm summer nights, fresh breezes and a romantic ambiance surrounded by mother nature. There are numerous ways that you can develop this concept, with one way being a screened in porch. This is the ultimate luxury, feeling like you are outdoors, but still have the protection of roof, to protect you from weather ailments. You can create a sleeping cabin if you have a wooded property, which would be an amazing place to take a nap or to host your overnight guests. A large front porch can be converted into a spot for an outdoor bedroom by using outdoor curtain fabrics for privacy. A garden shed can be converted into a beautiful sleeping spot, just open up the windows and doors, and voila, you are immersed in nature and get some great cross ventilation. Shipping pallets can be used in your garden as a platform, add a mattress (or an inflatable mattress), some pillows and bedding and you have an instant outdoor bed. A bed on your pool deck, especially if you have a pool house that has an extended roofline that can protect your bed from sun and rain. A canvas tent can be placed in your garden for some outdoor glamping, you can also use a hanging bed, such as the ones we wrote about, 21 Inspirational examples of outdoor summer lounging spaces.
If your outdoor bedroom space is covered by a tent or in a garden shed, you can add some additional decor such as a nightstand to store books and place a cup of coffee or tea on, and maybe even a lantern or a lamp for some ambient lighting. As far as styling your outdoor space, there are plenty of ideas to select from, bright colors work best, there are lots of outdoor fabrics to chose from. Try boho chic, it is a fun look that brightens any space and will be very inviting. Lastly, if you have a pond or lake on your property, try a floating wooden platform decked out with a mattress and bedding, a perfect way to take a nap! Be inspired, have a look at some of our amazing ideas below!
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The private contemporary property showcases a seamless indoor / outdoor living experience, nestled in the beautiful canyons of Bel Air, California. The imposing home offers 13,565 square feet of relaxed living space offering modern and organic design, displaying materials throughout that are both deliberate and consistent. The interiors of the home enjoys impressive city views all the way to the Pacific Ocean through an array of glass pocket doors. Interior spaces includes seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half baths, there is also a library and study, a lounge and an elevator. Upon entrance into the foyer, skylights diffuses natural light while a custom chandelier injects elegance into the space. There are several features to the home that have a commanding presence, such as the open plan living room with a double sided fireplace and the floating glass stairs with leather wrapped hand rails. The staircase is situated on both sides of the home, leading up to the spacious second level which houses four en-suite bedrooms, all with access to a terrace with unparalleled views. Both interior and exterior spaces were luxuriously designed with entertaining in mind.
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Almost every room on the ground floor spills out onto the extensive deck and meticulous landscape, featuring a negative edge swimming pool. The outdoor living spaces encompasses 2,820 square feet, perfect for entertaining and enjoying the outside environment. Additional outdoor amenities includes a BBQ, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and outdoor television for dining alfresco. There is a beautiful canopy to keep guests shaded from the sun while a bar keeps guests thirst quenched. Illuminated water features scattered throughout the property creates a heavenly oasis.
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This chefs kitchen showcases white oak cabinets, Gaggenau appliances and a pantry space offering temperature controlled wine storage. Sliding glass doors from the kitchen leads out to a cozy outdoor seating space, perfect for breakfast dining with a view. A wine cellar for 300 bottles is situated below the main staircase. There is also a sound and light-proofed media room providing special entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Nethermead Residence is a transitional style home that blurs boundaries between indoors and out, designed by Carlton Architecture, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Designed as a summer retreat, the home is situated in a newly planned community, embracing its opportunity to create relaxing spaces both indoors and out. The main interior living spaces, kitchen, dining and living area are situated under an exposed-frame pavilion roof, as well as the porch and outdoor kitchen. There is an almost flawless transition between interior and exterior spaces, bringing the outdoors in and creating a sense of living within a forested landscape. Upon entrance to the residence, you are welcomed by a “warm glow of clear-finished cypress walls and rich walnut stained flooring.” Great attention to detail was given throughout the home in the relationship of materials as well the ambient lighting and composition of space.
The home offers a stunning contrast between a traditional style entry and living spaces that showcase more relaxed, contemporary living. In the pavilion area, an elegant transition is provided by merging the interior with the outdoor terrace, all underneath a continuous ceiling. Indoor and outdoor living spaces are divided by a wall of glass, allowing for a visual connectivity between the home and nature.
Love transitional style? Have a look at some of our past articles here on 1 Kindesign showcasing the look, Stunning cliffside property overlooking the BC Coast and Stunning transitional design in Bywood Street Residence.
Photos: Courtesy of Carlton Architecture
Water is very soothing and relaxing, and having a backyard waterfall can create a peaceful oasis right on your property that is both visually appealing and very refreshing. In the past here on 1 Kindesign we told you about how to make your garden more desirable by designing a pond in your backyard. However, you can can that pond more unique with the addition of a natural cascading waterfall, or a fountain. If you want something more modern, you may want to select a water feature installation with lighting and jets of water. A waterfall can also be integrated into a pool, or you can also have it flow over rocks into a natural swimming pool which would really create a beautiful effect. Incorporating rough stones into your design will not only help to create a natural looking waterfall, it adds textures and natural beauty to your design. You can have your waterfall professionally design in your backyard, or you can make one yourself. Making one yourself is a little more tricky and will require a lot of time, but we have plenty of inspiration below that can give you some ideas on how to get started. The key is to make your waterfall look natural, so planting lots of water loving vegetation around your water feature and some mulch will help make it look native to the property. An additional idea is to have your waterfall located next to a patio so that you can sit back and enjoy the babbling of the stream, or create a garden walkway around or next to the waterfall so guests can stroll.
A beautiful cascading stream showcases small waterfalls and pools. The splashing noises from the water helps to de-tract from the surrounding noises of the neighborhood, making soothing background sounds. The shallow pool features potted papyrus plants and to help soften the rocky waterway, spiky sedges have been planted.
This outdoor living space is a private respite away from the house, blanketed in forest with a flagstone patio, stone walkway, beautiful waterfall that meanders down the hill to a pond, quiet seating area and a zen garden. The perfect spot for tranquil moments of reflection.
Rustic Waterfall Design: This beautiful cascading waterfall is formed out of Corten steel combined with stepped walls of stone.
This cool waterfall feature is inspired by gold-mining flumes, a small stream-like recirculating fountain that draws water from a buried cistern.
Submerged lighting can help create a warm and soothing glow, drawing attention to outdoor water features.
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Merriwood Residence is the modern transformation of an existing home into indoor outdoor living by Zone 4 Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. The interior design of this stunning home was carried out by DMS Interiors, with lighting design by Robert Singer & Associates Inc. The home begun with its humble origins as the modernization of an already existing home found at the edge of East Hampton. The residence then underwent a major transformation “into an all inclusive statement of contemporary architecture and the embodiment of indoor outdoor living for summertime living.” Yet, with its warm tones and clean lines, the house brings its owners a livability that is year round.
From the lighting designer:
Uplights and downlights are used in conjunction with sculptural and art elements, creating points of interest with intense highlights and shadows. Completely lamped with LED sources, this remodel greatly reduced its energy consumption with custom details that accentuate the updated architectural forms. A fully integrated control system assists with energy savings and ease of use.
Photos: Steve Mundinger
Summer is around the corner, time to start thinking about how you’re going to create relaxing outdoor living spaces that feel inviting, an extension of the home itself. What makes a great outdoor living area is a combination of elements. The first to consider is lighting. Don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting with your light sources to get the perfect glow for day or night. Consider creating an enclosed space to give a sense of place to your property, such as a pergola, walls, or even salvaged windows and doors. A focal point such as a fireplace or a fire pit if you are on a budget, is the perfect feature to add to your outdoor living space.
Whether you purchase furnishings or have built-in seating, make sure you opt for outdoor fabrics. Consider some vibrant colors to add a punch of fun to your outdoor space. Decorate with local plants, they are easier to maintain, try some potted plants as accessories. Try planting edible throughout the landscape so you can pluck thyme or oregano to add to your outdoor grill! Mix furniture pieces to achieve a more unique look. Instead of selecting a matching set, pick up furnishings from different sources, such as flea markets or estate sales. Salvaged materials will also work into your outdoor decor, they add character and they are already weathered. Be creative, if you purchase items you love, you will find a place for it — even if its not where or how you originally intended.
If you’re in the midst of planning your yard, deck or patio for lots of festivities this spring and summer, get inspired by the ideas below and create an amazing outdoor living space! Still looking for more ideas? Have a look at one of past articles on 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas or 50 Inspiring and delightful outdoor spaces.
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The Bella Vita Villa is a contemporary oceanfront retreat integrating indoor / outdoor living, designed by Prototype Design Lab, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The villa explores lightness, filtering natural breezes, layers of transparency and integrating indoor / outdoor spaces within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, providing a simple frame within which a contemporary sustainable lifestyle can unfold.
Description from the architects: The beachfront facade is almost entirely sliding glass openings to maximize on the view, natural light andfresh breeze of the ocean. The villa is wrapped on the top and bottom by solid concrete bands which extend along the sides of the house to become the solid entrance facade.
The entrance evokes a fortress-like grandeur, into which a masterfully crafted, poured-in place concrete frame successively recedes toward an door of a more intimate human scale. This drama is counterbalanced by the old-world beauty of an original, hand-carved wood door, reclaimed and imported from India. Lighting helps nighttime visitors appreciate the full effect of the majestic doorway, with its receding concrete panels.
The layering continues in the foyer with a custom lace patterned grand staircase cantilevered off of a board-form concrete wall.The connection between the expansive deck, LED-lit negative-edge pool, and living spaces is dynamicand direct.
At the heart of the house, an expansive great room is an entertainer’s dream, featuring 30-foot ceilings, a large chef’s kitchen and a twosided indoor-outdoor fireplace above which sunlight is filtered through the custom laser-cut chimney pattern. The secluded white beach is a focal point with which almost every room in the villa enjoys a connection.
Let there be lightness: sunlight streams through the open beachside facade, filtering through the custom cut-steel fireplace to create patterned shadows within. By night, its illuminated column serves as a beacon when viewed form the beach.
The grand staircase lives up to its name. The drama is created using laser-cut steel panels designed by the architect, fabricated in Toronto, and then shipped to the island along with reclaimed heavy-timber beams for the stairs.
The villa’s bathrooms incorporate floating fixtures of glass and chrome played against black Brazilian slate walls and floors.
Lower-level beachfront bedrooms have the added benefit of direct access to the deck and pool areas.
Photos: Eugen Sakhnenko / A-Frame
The Cumberland Townhouse has been designed by Ensemble Architecture, located on a park block in the neighborhood of Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. The house was in a dilapidated state when the owner’s purchased the building; the rear wall was falling down and water had been entering the building for several years.
The house was completely transformed with a new rear wall and a two-story addition at the rear of the house. The addition is open to the living room above and is connected through interior steel and glass windows that mimic the two-story, exterior windows.
The doors at the garden open completely to create a seamless connection between the kitchen / dining level and the garden. Vines are planted in recessed planters along the two story party walls in the dining room–the room was designed with the idea of being an indoor-outdoor space where the garden melds with the interior spaces.
The vines will cover the double-story party walls and will add an organic quality to all of the spaces that the dining room connects. The top of the addition is a private master bedroom balcony.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
Mountain Wood Residence is comprised of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of indoor outdoor spaces designed by Walker Warner Architects, located in the small rural town of Woodside, California. The home embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site. The beautiful interiors were designed by interior design firm Shawback Design Associates.
Description from the architects: To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, the architects arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.
The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular.
An open passageway through the barn creates a dramatic frame of the entry facade of the main residence, which is contrastingly contemporary with its exposed steel and large expanses of glass.
At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Having completed other projects in Woodside and similarly picturesque locations, Walker Warner knows properly framing these views is crucial to properly contextualizing the building.
A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.
Walker Warner drew from the rustic surroundings and determined appropriate lines and forms for this particular landscape that spoke to their client’s vision, all the while incorporating the highest levels of quality, integrity and craftsmanship.
The result is an artful, tranquil home with a respectful nod to the regional agrarian compounds and iconic forms that came before.
Photos: Matthew Millman
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