There’s inspiration to be found in even the most manicured landscapes or stately patios.

HANGING LANTERNS

Hanging Lanterns
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.

FIRE BOWL

Fire Bowl
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.

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Outdoor Kitchen
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.

FAMILY FIRE PIT

Family Fire Pit
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.

LAKESIDE FIRE PIT

Lakeside Fire Pit
Just looking at the incredible view in Thom Filicia’s yard puts you in a more relaxing frame of mind.

LEVELS OF SPACE

Levels of Space
Topiaries bring an extra dose of greenery

BACKYARD FIREPLACE

Backyard Fireplace
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.

LANDSCAPED TERRACE

Landscaped Terrace
A gravel courtyard defines this outdoor living room, where crepe myrtles form a “ceiling.”

CHIC COURTYARD

Chicc Courtyard
A Southern patio was inspired by the intimate, romantic courtyards in the French Quarter.

LOUNGE CHAIRS

Lounge Chairs
These classic chaises offer the perfect spot to take an afternoon nap outside a Spanish-style California home.

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