This restful spot outside a Los Angeles home looks even more inviting thanks to a seat cushion in and vintage pillows. All that's missing is a good book.
Designer Podge Bune went with traditional roses and hedges for her Hamptons cottage, but didn't worry about a color scheme. "I thought, 'Well, let's just have a riot,'" she says. "I'm so bored with all white."
Wendy Owen used local fieldstone and water channels to create a scenic fountain on her Sonoma property. She took inspiration from historic structures in Provence.
Rebecca Vizard used a post office in Seaside, Florida, as the model for her petite garden shed. The spruce-colored fence is stained Sherwin-Williams's Shade Tree.
Enjoy your outdoor set-up morning, noon and night. To illuminate a Malibu patio, designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe strung up lights in the trees.
The only thing more heavenly than this cottage's pool is the wisteria growing beside it. Shading a group of bistro chairs, the pergola provides the perfect lunch spot.
For an Ojai vacation home, a laid-back seating area fits the no-hurries, no-worries vibe. The fire bowl warms up the courtyard during cooler weather.
Thick curtains make it easy to hide away, but this California pagoda embraces days (and nights!) outdoors with big lanterns and comfy cushions.
Alfresco dining is great, but cooking outside is even better. In a Key West house, the outdoor kitchen cabinets are made from old cypress shutters.
Designer Jill Sharp Weeks used string lights to make her garden feel like an extension of her home. The space even includes an outdoor privy, the only bathroom on the ground floor.
A freestanding chimney permits summer parties way past Labor Day. With the table tilted at an angle, guests can arrange themselves near or far from the flames.
Take in a Charleston rental's water feature from the comfort of an outdoor swing. With a weeping willow overhead, the urban home feels like a private paradise.
For her Connecticut property, designer Bonnie Edelman created this outdoor feature as a gathering place for friends and family. Designed with storage in mind, speakers are hidden in the walls of local stone, and logs are stacked under the benches.
Rustic yet refined, a 10-foot-long table sits in the center of landscape designer Lisa Bynon's vegetable garden in Southampton, New York. A graphic cedar deer fence encloses formal raised planting beds.
Sonoma vineyards offer a picturesque view while guests of a California cottage enjoy the French bowling game boules.
Just looking at the incredible view in Thom Filicia's yard puts you in a more rela frame of mind.
In the Cloister Garden of William Christie's 16th-century French countryside estate, the classic rose Katharina Zeimet stands out among the formal hedges.
This sweet little garden structure houses a getaway for guests.
Topiaries bring an extra dose of greenery in Mark D. Sikes's breezy backyard.
A round opening in the roof offers a glimpse of the sky from the comfort of a Florida home's daybed.
This red-striped hammock hangs between two trees outside design consultant Ellen O'Neill's home. "I felt like I had run into an old friend when I saw this hammock at IKEA," she says.
Oak trees shade a round table surrounded by wicker chairs, creating a lovely setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Designer Tobi Tobin used brick from an old patio to give this outdoor fireplace a more vintage look. The candlelit chandelier can be raised and lowered by a rope pulley rigged to a tree.
A wall of greenery makes a lush backdrop for this elegant conversation space.
A private dock is the ultimate lake cottage accessory. It's a place for dozing, diving and daydreaming
This comfortable seating arrangement outside a country house enjoys the shade of century-old oak trees.
Hanging container plants create a chandelier effect in this chic open-air dining space.
An adorable tiny house brings a fairytale element to a Hamptons garden.