Outdoor living

Style Showcase: The Midge

April 08, 2014
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Trends for the garden are constantly evolving, yet favorites from the past continue to make appearances. Terrariums are just one example of this—a fresh flashback from the 1970s, these fun, tiny gardens are making a comeback. Now Mod fanatics also have a new go-to piece for their garden with the timeless, chic, and functional Midge tile table from Potted. A multi-seasonal must-have, Potted’s co-owner Annette Goliti Gutierrez explains what prompted their newest design.

Designing a Luxury Rooftop Terrace

August 08, 2013
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Daniel Keeley, founder and principal of DK Design in Fayetteville, Arkansas recently redesigned two adjacent rooftop terraces on Fayetteville Square that exemplify urban outdoor living at its finest. Rooftop spaces present a unique atmosphere for entertaining and relaxing with friends and family. Along with that atmosphere comes a unique set of conditions that impact the design and construction process. Here Keeley shares five considerations for homeowners who would like to transform their rooftop into a luxury living space.

Making Your Outdoor Living Space Comfortable

June 01, 2012
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Make your outdoor living space as comfortable as possible by adopting the following advice of Los Angeles garden designer Stefan Hammerschmidt. 

 

MAKE A PLAN: Remember you're out to create a cohesive look, like making house and garden join seamlessly with continuous concrete floors and separated only by glass doors.

Whether it’s a landscape in Australia, America or Barbados, Jamie Durie follows a similar process. “It’s about creating a space that represents your lifestyle and stylistic preferences and also, simply, about being outdoors and letting nature soothe our souls,” he says. 

Photo by: Jon Whittle

Far from the madding crowd of the third-largest city on the planet — São Paulo — is the seaside villa of the chic Brazilian designer Ana Maria Vieira Santos. Affording a bird’s-eye view of an azure Atlantic inlet, it is cloaked by the lush forest preserve of the Mata Atlântica.

Photo by: Melanie Acevedo

Nowadays, people call any flat spot with a bit of structure a garden room. But it takes a whole lot more than a sense of enclosure to bring a room to life — a sense of purpose is needed, too. Landscape designer Jon Carloftis explains, “We should put as much thought into outdoor spaces as we do into interior ones: An allée, for instance, can be a great entry hall; a hammock in a shady grove deliberately invites restful solitude. I designed this room for clients who like to party.”     

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