Top 5 Design Posts of the Week
As we inch closer to cold weather and dig out our winter wardrobe, let’s take some time to once more appreciate some inspiring outdoor entertainment spaces and get inspired this winter for an exterior addition to enjoy this spring! As cold weather encompasses us, it’s the perfect time to think about refreshing ways to enjoy the distant warm weather and day-dream about getting tan on your new patio or gazebo. Take some time to check out our top 5 design posts of the week and let us know if you’re inspired in the comments below.
1. Open and Outdoor – Summer Oasis Inspiration
“It’s never too early to dream of warmer weather.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Elle Décor starts things off with 36 outdoor spaces – perfect for inspiring some warm-weather vibes and day dreaming. From stylish outdoor dining areas to stunning rooftop seating arrangements, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone in their gallery. Our personal favorites include the transparent greenhouse and garden shed, as it’s one of the most unique and multi-functional spaces we’ve seen in an outdoor setting. Another notable mention is the city terrace with a stunning view and elegant furnishings. Check out all 36 in the link above and let us know your favorite in the comments below!
2. Five Fantastic Outdoor Spaces
Starting in Melbourne and ending in New York, take a trip around the globe as Dwell covers 5 truly amazing outdoor spaces with style and functionality like you’ve never imagined. With 5 outdoor spaces to ogle, there’s no shortage of inspiration. Our top pick might be Caroline Place, located in London, England, surrounded on 3 sides by eight- and nine-story mansion blocks, hiding it from the hustle and bustle of the traffic adjacent. Featuring a modern northern European styling that includes “sharp brick lines and a crisp mortar joints”, it’s truly something you must see. Take a look for yourself in the link above!
3. Dining, Swimming, Viewing, Anything in the Outdoors
37 Stylish Patio & Outdoor Space Design Ideas, Architectural Digest
The importance of functionality isn’t something to be overlooked when it comes to designing an outdoor space. Unlike an interior room which might be for one or two specific things, most outdoor spaces have a variety of uses and keeping them free-flowing and functional is of the utmost importance. “These outdoor living spaces from the AD archives offer a perfect place to lounge next to the pool , dine alfresco, or take in the surrounding landscape.” With that in mind, take a look at these 37 pictures of outdoor spaces around the globe, and become inspired by their forms. Shown above is pool and terrace from designer Greg Jordan and his V-shaped Hollywood Hills residence, which is also available for viewing in the link above. Let us know which outdoor space makes you inspired (or jealous)!
4. Entertaining in the Not-So Wild
Outdoor Entertaining Spaces, Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes & Gardens brings us their selection of outdoor furnishings and stylings. From simple firepit seating arrangements to elegant al-fresco dining options, there’s inspiration to be found everywhere in this pick. Whether you have lots of exterior space or limited room, there’s a plethora of ways to keep your exterior space fresh, fun, and functional with these 17 inspiration photos. Let us know your dream backyard in the comments below!
5. Modern Farmhouse with an Excellent Exterior
Kensington Farmhouse, Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture
Local Designer Jennifer Horn is known for her stunning works with landscapes and architecture, and her Kensington Farmhouse build was no different. Featuring a two-tiered front-walkway leading up to the front door, and an exterior that’s absolutely to-die for, the house is breathtaking and displays everything you’d ever want in a title like Modern Farmhouse. She describes the back exterior, shown above as “a courtyard space that features a custom grill island, steel and wood pergola, outdoor gas fireplace and tiered fish pond that quickly became home to turtles and frogs as well.” Check out the rest of the house in the link above and imagine the fun that comes with having your own turtle pond!
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