Get outdoor ready to have family and friends over for entertaining, or create a personal oasis of relaxation and surrender to the sights and sounds of nature. Your perfect outdoor space might be a stone deck with a fireplace and koi pond, or a suspended nest above the water, maybe a cozy living area sheltered from the sun thats tucked next to a trickling waterfall, the skies the limit! Outdoor spaces are generally enjoyed during the warmer summer months, but with fireplaces and outdoor space heaters, the length of enjoyment can even to spring and fall. Be sure to add lighting to any outdoor space, whether it be lanterns, candles, fairy lights, tiki torches, outdoor chandeliers or installed lighting that illuminates pathways, water features and greenery. Lighting creates a beautiful ambiance in the evening time and helps set the mood when you are dining al fresco. Outdoor spaces make entertaining more enjoyable, and allows more space when you are having a big gathering. We can’t think of any reason why you would not want some type of cozy outdoor space to retreat to on your property. If you live in an apartment or condo, please have a look at a past feature we put together for inspiration on how you can have a cozy outdoor balcony space. Below we have put together a collection of seriously amazing outdoor spaces that will surely blow you away. Have a look through the inspiring ideas below and get your pin button ready for some serious pinning!
If you are looking for more outdoor inspiration, we have featured plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look: 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 47 Irresistible hot tub spa designs for your backyard.
In this outdoor-scape, water bubbles over a beautiful urn, trickling down into a below ground reservoir.
We love the Nestrest by Dedon, a suspended sanctuary thats perfect for relaxation and even meditation. A private little nest, it shelters you from the sun, but allows you to enjoy the views of nature through the opening. Its a very playful concept, especially hanging above the water. What do you think, could you read a book here?
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When decorating a condo or apartment, oftentimes the balcony gets overlooked, but when decorated properly, it can be a charming oasis to enjoy the summer. Whether you have a small terrace or balcony, incorporating a table and some type of seating is integral to the design process. This way you can enjoy your views and have somewhere to place a drink and a book, or even potted plants and flowers. If your outdoor space is not sheltered, consider an umbrella to shade you from the hot sun in the warm summer months. Furnishings should be versatile, small but comfortable. Before purchasing, make sure you check the sizing of your space to make sure everything will fit properly. Consider even stackable or folding chairs if you don’t have a lot of space, that way they can be placed out of the way when not in use. If you select furnishings in bright hues, you will add a playful, vibrant feel to your outdoor space. Plants are a must to creating your little outdoor oasis, whether you create a vertical garden, place plants in pots on the ground or on a table, or hang them from the ceiling. Consider a small herb garden so that when you cook you will have some fresh herbs to add to your dinner! Enjoy romantic dining outside under the stars, on your balcony space, and even if you don’t have room for a table and chairs, you can always add a large floor pillow, they are lots of places that sell outdoor pillows, such as World Market and Pier 1 Imports. You could even affix a hammock on your balcony and enjoy an afternoon siesta. If you have enough space, you could also consider placing a love seat or small sofa and a throw to keep you cozy and comfortable while enjoying a good book.
And last but not least, don’t forget your lighting to create some welcoming ambiance. Try hanging string lights, cool lanterns, candles, the skies the limit. These items can be found at Ikea, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, etc., it all is contingent on your budget. If you are the creative type, scouring flea markets and Goodwill can be a very inexpensive option. You can create a very stylish and cozy outdoor atmosphere, have a look at the inspiration that we have gathered for you below to get some fabulous ideas! Don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below which ones are most inspiring to you.
Have a look at some other outdoor inspiration we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, such as 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.
According to the homeowner, here are the costs for this small outdoor balcony project in Seattle, Washington: All plants: $75 (Home Depot, Ravenna Gardens), Planters: $80 (Home Depot and Seattle Goodwill), Soil: $12, Outdoor seating: $300 (Pier 1 Imports), Outdoor pillows: $21 (30% off at Pier 1 Imports).
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La Jolla Canyon Residence is a contemporary property featuring sculptural art forms, designed by Matrix Design, nestled in a private canyon in La Jolla, California. This fascinating residence is surrounded by lush landscaping, seamlessly blending interior spaces into outdoor spaces and pool terraces, taking advantage of the cool breezes. The homeowners have a unique outdoor sculpture collection that traverses through the numerous paths on the property that can be spotted from the balconies and terraces. Nestled in the natural contours of the land are pools, patios, and planted areas. The interior living spaces are comprised of 10,200 square feet spread out over one level, showcasing a spacious kitchen, family room and dining area, art studio, master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The main house is adjoined to a four bedroom, two story structure by a 50 foot long art gallery, which is the main entryway to the residence. The entrance to the home is accessed by a pathway which runs parallel to a dry creek, ending in a solid granite bridge that leads to a pivot glass entryway door, framing an art wall of the gallery.
Exterior steps leads to an expansive open air rooftop terrace offering ocean view seating, an outdoor barbecue space and a vegetable garden that is large enough to fulfill the household needs.
What do you think of this unique home, anything you would have done differently to the design? La Jolla is an extremely beautiful place (beach community) to live, have a look at another inspiring home we featured here on 1 Kindesign from the area: Ultra-modern beach house in La Jolla.
In the dining room, a custom 24 foot table has been crafted from a single slab of live edge Indonesian Suar, 6 inches thick and separated into the individual pieces that acts as one long table during large dinner parties, separating into game table on wheels, an outdoor table table under a large overhand and separates the interior and exterior tables with a pocketed sliding glass door to offer several dining experiences. .The outdoor kitchen provides a natural extension of the long dining buffet, expanding the entire length from the kitchen, along the length of the dining table and out to the patio area.
This master bathroom features a steam shower comprised of mica schist stone.
The bedroom wing features a vertical garden, allowing natural light to penetrate through. Along a glass wall, bamboo has been planted, open to all the bedrooms and bathroom to allow both light and views at all ends. The bathrooms are completely clad in a rainforest limestone, mimicking the bamboo grove. A very rare bleached koa is the veneer on all the built-ins seen throughout the interiors of the home.
The exterior property showcases sculptural outdoor pool terraces, including a seventy foot lap pool that begins flush with the upper terrace yet emerges to form a ten foot high cube of dark reflecting water at its outermost length. “The vanishing edges waterfall into a spa at the middle mezzanine, and then into a lower level children’s pool that is surrounded by trees, art and landscape.” The outdoor living spaces were designed to be sculptural art forms to cater to the homeowners love affair with art.
Photos: Courtesy of Matrix Design
Romantic and extremely charming, this Spanish style villa has been newly renovated with lots of stylish features, located on a private street in Beverly Hills, California. Exuding the warmth and sophistication of of California living, this wonderful home dates back to 1927, offering comfortable interiors and cozy exterior living spaces. The villa is centered around a spacious courtyard showcasing spanish tile, several seating areas, outdoor fireplace, lap pool, decorative fountain and lush yard. The beautiful interiors are comprised of 4,290 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home’s bright and airy interiors are lit by glass doors and plenty of windows. The living room features clay tile flooring and a wood burning fireplace with french doors that opens out to the patio to allow for more entertaining space. The fully-equipped kitchen offers a spacious island with seating and nearby breakfast nook and dining area. There is also open concept family room, a media room and a gym. There are two staircases that link the first floor to the second, with original stained glass windows. On the second level are the bedrooms, offering modern furnishings that harmoniously mixes with the traditional Spanish architecture. The master bedroom retreat has a beautifully designed en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe as well as a covered veranda with lovely views to the courtyard.
This fabulous property can be all yours for a mere $4,950,000, from here.
With steps leading up to a lovely entryway and lush greenery surrounding the home, you are immediately invited to step inside and enjoy everything this wonderful property has to offer. What you think? Do you love Spanish style homes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. If you love this style, you will really enjoy some other features we have showcased in the past here on 1 Kindesign, such as Spanish Revival home gets an exquisite facelift and Exceptional Spanish-style hacienda in Mexico.
Add a touch of whimsy by designing a playful outdoor living environment with colorful fabrics, textures and patterns and fun decorations to create your dream outdoor space. There are many things you can do to personalize and add character to your space, with the addition of unique furnishings, lanterns, cool planters, plush cushions, colorful area rugs, drapery curtains, string lights, chandeliers and even hanging chairs. To make your space fun, outdoor fabrics really are key, and come in everything from neutrals and strips to beautiful florals, geometrics and animal prints. Tropical plants can really add to your space as well, whether your living zone is immersed in plantings or you have them in pots and growing off your walls (ivy plants are perfect for this). Consider having a vertical wall with succulents growing off it, we wrote a great article on living garden walls for your reference. Don’t forget a fireplace or even a fire pit to keep you warm and toasty in the evenings and creates a great ambiance for entertaining your guests! So take your outdoor space from tired to amazing this summer with these whimsical and fun inspired ideas that we have collected for you below. We love your feedback on 1 Kindesign, so don’t forget to let us know in the comments which one was your favorite!
Have a look at some past inspiring articles on outdoor living with, 21 Inspirational examples of outdoor summer lounging spaces and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.
Create a Playful Garden Gallery Space: Add a touch of whimsy and fun by adding some frames to create an inviting space. There is outdoor wall art that you can place on your wall as well, which if you do not have a plant wall like the picture above, you can also affix to a retaining wall, or create your own wall with reclaimed wood.
Consider adding a tepee to your outdoor space to get out of the hot sun and have a place of privacy for reading and napping. This would also make a great play space for kids!
Nothing says playful more than a boho chic outdoor space! Hanging sheets in the trees adds a touch of whimsy.
Moroccan poufs and a hanging swing makes this outdoor space not only comfortable, but very fun!
Adding colorful fabrics with fun prints on the can add a youthful energy to your outdoor space. Area rugs are also a great addition, adding texture, color and some geometric print. A colorful umbrella also adds some playfulness to a space, and can help block the hot sun or rain. Colorful pots with bright blooms and lanterns adds some character and personality to the space.
Create a sunken living room in your backyard, complete with comfortable cushions and pillows, just make sure the fabric is made for outdoors so it doesn’t get bleached by the sun!
Outdoor area rugs are currently a very trendy design statement, helping to anchor outdoor seating areas.
Set the mood with string lights, creating a wonderful ambiance in the evening.
Add some playful color to your wall with vertical gardens, to get more inspiration, follow our new Vertical Gardens Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/onekindesign/vertical-gardens/
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This stunning transformation of a village house turned dream home includes a fabulous porch designed by Produccions de Disseny Bellera, located in Costa Brava, Spain. “We are eighty percent of the time on the porch and pool during the holidays,” states the owners. This retreat was designed with the goal of being an exceptional place to live, where the owners could enjoy spending time outdoors and unwind during the summer months. The whole outdoor living area was designed with repeat to the traditional architecture of the region, with a lovely porch, Mediterranean garden and sparkling swimming pool. On the porch is a large oak table with benches and an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue, perfect for entertaining. Stone arches define the space, which is accessed from the interior through leaded sliding glass doors. The Moroccan-inspired raised pool is surround by a stone wall and heather garden with a lemon and olive tree. “We wanted to replicate the look of a swimming-pool. Coating the glass with cement and natural pigments, “states the designers.
The inside reform encompassed tearing down walls to create one large open space, which forms the living and dining room and the kitchen. The spaces were embraced with a traditional Catalan brick vaulted ceiling and direct access to the inviting porch and garden. Visually, the design carried a lot of brightness and great perspective. Before the reform, the ceiling was covered with plaster, which was returned to its original eighteenth glory through sandblasting. By way of an open and airy staircase, the second floor offers the private spaces of the home. The master bedroom has a sloped ceiling with painted white ceiling beams. Through french doors, a quite balcony look out over magnificent gardens and beautiful outdoor living space. Have a look through this fabulous home and let us know your thoughts, do you like this style of design?
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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.
This spectacular home can be all yours, as it is listed for sale at $27,500,000, from here.
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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