Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Decorating Gallery: Outdoor Living

Create a comfy casual retreat on your porch by combining wicker furniture with floral pastel prints

The neutral tones of a tiled patio create the perfect palette for an outdoor seating area.

Enjoy cooking out even more by setting your outdoor kitchen in comfortable surroundings.

Strike a note of European style by incorporating geometric shapes and primary colors in your garden room.

With its red wicker swing and rocking chair, this sunroom is a comfortable spot to relax on a summer afternoon. Fabric cushions and pillows, lanterns, and a side table add punches of yellow and green to the room. A green rug locates color and comfort underfoot.

Make your outdoor spaces as formal as your living room with stylish furniture and accessories.

A once-rickety porch was remodeled into a spacious 650-square-foot veranda that takes better advantage of sweeping shoreline views. Natural-toned wicker is softened with deep cushions covered in classic blue cotton ticking.

A screened porch extends this home's living area outside. Adirondack chairs and a picnic table offer casual, backyard-style seating for alfresco dining and laid-back game nights. The floors and furnishings are easy-to-clean, weather-resistant options.

Take your cue from indoor design concepts and let a well-crafted pergola create a natural transition between outdoor dining and great room.

Curving lines are softer and more interesting than straight lines -- look for ways to incorporate them into your outdoor spaces.

Place an above-ground spa at one end of your deck and a gazebo at the other to guarantee it will get lots of use.

Divide your deck into fun living spaces by building in a multi-level layout.
Stepping down a level at a time means an easy transition from house to garden.

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