15 Stunning Eclectic Patio Designs That Will Make You Live Outdoors

The patio can make all the difference in your outdoor spaces. A good patio design will make you want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. How do you know your patio is great? Simple. If it provides you with the same comfort that your interior areas do, then you can say you’ve got a good patio setup. But there is always room for improvement and that is why we keep on delivering ideas that can inspire you.
The designs that you are going to see below are full of creative ideas for all sizes and shapes of outdoor areas.

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor designs featuring 15 Stunning Eclectic Patio Designs That Will Make You Live Outdoors. This collection is the latest part of our full showcase of the eclectic style which has just moved on to the outdoor areas with the previous collections of 16 Dreamlike Eclectic Landscape Designs For Your Garden and 15 Amazing Eclectic Deck Designs That Are Full Of Creative Ideas. These are just a portion of the eclectic patio ideas that you can find but we thought you might like them. Enjoy!

Doheny

Eclectic Patio

Eclectic Mediterranean Estate

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Mount Airy Plantation

West Hollywood Condo

Eclectic patio

Tanglewild

House on Ravenhill

Bellevue Hill

Summer Terrace

Ruppert Backyard

Colorful Outdoor Furniture

Vibrant Hideaway

East Lake Dr.

Garden Ornament & Accessories

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16 Spectacular Eclectic Balcony Designs You’ll Instantly Fall In Love With

We love the eclectic style and besides, what’s there not to love about it? It allows you to customize any space of your home exactly how you want it. You want a modern look but don’t want to give up on your various decorations and warm hues? No problem, just make sure you don’t over clutter the area. You want a rustic look with modern elements? Sure thing. That’s what the eclectic style is all about. It allows you to mix up elements from any style you want so that you can make the space as comfortable as possible. This time, we’ll be showing you some designs from balconies and terraces coated in the eclectic style.

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor designs in which we are going to show you 16 Spectacular Eclectic Balcony Designs You’ll Instantly Fall In Love With. The eclectic balcony designs that you’ll see below are a nice way to get some quick ideas that could help you customize your home. If you like these, then make sure you check out the rest of the eclectic designs from our showcase of this style, including the collections of 16 Dreamlike Eclectic Landscape Designs For Your Garden, 15 Amazing Eclectic Deck Designs That Are Full Of Creative Ideas and 15 Stunning Eclectic Patio Designs That Will Make You Live OutdoorsEnjoy!

Eclectic Balcony

ARTDECO WOHNUNG

Elegant Chicago Revamp

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Eclectic Balcony

The Shelby Residence

Circular Quay Apartment

Fisher Island Penthouse, British West Indies Eclectic

Brentwood, CA 3

Eclectic Terrace

Hidden Beach House

Outdoor Living

George Street

Star Power

Midtown Balcony

Manhattan Beach House

riverside balcony garden design

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Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

By Annie Thornton, Houzz

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From East Coast to West, nothing rounds out the evening like warming up in front of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit with friends and family. Here are the 8 most popular recently uploaded outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, measured by the number of people who saved them to their Houzz ideabooks from July through September 2016.

Related: Check Out These Smoke-Free Fire Pit Ideas

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Elayne Barre Photography, original photo on Houzz

1. This north London deck is an inviting space for even a chilly evening. Masses of purple lavender enclose an intimate built-in seating area, while a distressed pallet table provides a place to rest a drink or spread out charcuterie. The star of the show is perhaps the built-in fireplace with firewood storage. Rustic, yet contemporary, it brings a perk of the outdoors to the city.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Hunter Custom Homes LLC, original photo on Houzz

2. This covered patio in Texas takes ranch style to the next level, from the roaring fire to the massive rough-hewn timbers and the awe-inspiring view beyond. There’s no rush to take it all in, which can be done from one of the many wicker chairs.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Margot Hartford Photography, original photo on Houzz

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3. Bibby Gignilliat puts on team-building events and private parties for a living, sometimes at her home, so it was important that her backyard in Mill Valley, California, be welcoming and inviting. “One of the first things I put in the yard was a fire pit,” Gignilliat says.

In the corner of the backyard, the contemporary fire pit is surrounded by brightly colored chairs and cushions, a theme Gignilliat carries through the rest of the yard. “I love color. It’s a passion of mine,” she says.

Emmet lounge chairs: Room & Board; fire pit: Restoration Hardware

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Pillar & Peacock, original photo on Houzz

4. A stacked brick fire pit stands out in this Virginia backyard, with an inviting dining area beyond. Colorful cushions and furniture pieces tie the outdoor seating areas together — even incorporating fiery hues that nod back to the fire pit.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Yardscapes Northwest, original photo on Houzz

5. Breaking this large covered patio into smaller gathering areas makes each space feel more intimate and inviting. On the near end, a gas fire pit, surrounded by patio chairs and a stacked block seat wall, anchors a cozy conversation area.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Carolyn Reyes, original photo on Houzz

6. In the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, this custom stacked stone fireplace and teak sofas next to a vine-covered wall invite visitors to sit down and stay awhile. Neutral tones and natural textures evoke a laid-back California style that appears effortless yet cohesive.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Shabby-chic Style Patio, original photo on Houzz

7. This chic outdoor nook in New York mixes materials and bold patterns but keeps the color palette simple, resulting in a cohesive space. The painted brick chimney and round mirror reinforce the fireplace as the room’s focal point, drawing guests in to take a seat.

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces We Want to Warm Up By

Bravo Landscapes Ltd, original photo on Houzz

8. This narrow backyard in East Yorkshire, England, winds its way to a shingled garden shed, passing a cafe table and chairs and a sunken seating area en route. The sunken area features a built-in bench and generous steps for extra seating around the portable wood-burning fire pit.

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16 Inspirational Examples For Backyard Decorating That Everyone Should See

To the interior design we all approach with special attention, but it often happens that totally neglected the exterior. When it comes to houses and private gardens all should pay attention to how to property decorate this part of the home. Many conclusions of the owner will be issued just in relation to the yard and the driveway – from grass to planted plants and flowers, fences, trails and other elements.

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To many people the crucial importance is every corner of the interior of the home, while for the external appearance, many do not care too much. And then the other side,they feel pleasant when they are in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by the trees and flowers in the garden in a comfortable chair or hammock. This should certainly be the motivation and driving force to decorate the surface around the home. Garden lovers well know that for garden decoration it need patience and for the plants need to pay attention, patience and lots of love. Here in the following photo gallery, we present you some excellent examples that will inspire and motivate you to decorate your backyard!

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18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From

The decorative style that you select for the interior it is desirable to follow and in the exterior. For example, chairs with simple design made of aluminum and polycarbonate are ideal in the modern styles, but their shape and modern trends make them welcome in different environments and styles of design – in that helps the great variety of colors and designs. Combined with tables made mostly of the same materials, can make interesting combinations with teak and rattan.

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Chairs and tables made of wrought iron, with its romantic shapes reminiscent of the Mediterranean joy of life, while teak brings the exotic Asia. Wooden pallets, bottles, wooden crates, old suitcases, wooden ladder, old windows – all of that can be used to “produce” the most beautiful decorations that will adorn your exterior and give it a special beauty and charm. Ordinary glass jar filled with water and flowers will become remarkable detail that will attract attention just like the old wooden ladder intertwined with flowers. Below we present you one collection of 18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From. See them and you will remain inspired for sure!

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18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From

Image via Linda Oyama-Bryan

18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From

Image via Sicora, Inc.

18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From

Image via Tom Arban Photography

18 Exceptional Exterior Design Ideas To Draw Inspiration From

Image via Tom Arban Photography

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5 Creative Ideas for Small City Gardens

5 Creative Ideas for Small City Gardens

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Space can be at a premium for some of us, especially if you live in the city. Gardens are proven to provide us with a space in which we can de-stress and relax. Even if your garden is small, it’s important to maximise the space that you’ve got. Oakwood Doors have provided you with these handy tips to find out how you can make the most out of your city garden, as well as guide you towards which external doors can help enhance your space further.

  1. Attract wildlife – What would a garden be without nature? Wildlife can be rare in urban spaces, but it’s easy to attract certain wildlife into your garden with some easy hacks. Bird boxes, roosting pouches and wooden boxes for insects will help bring your garden to life with bird and insect activity. Garden nature can thrive, even in the smallest of gardens! You can also attract more wildlife by planting their favourite flowers and plants. Flowers will please bees and butterflies and also provide your garden with lots of colour.  
  1. Use Height – Inside our homes, we use walls and cupboards to hang up pictures and mirrors. You can do the same in your garden. High walls can often feel overpowering in small spaces, but in small gardens, using height is essential. Adding climbers to the walls will provide you with green leafy textures and reduce the perception of height, as well as guide the eye away from any surrounding buildings outside of your space.
  1. Create illusions with materials – Using timber to line the floor and part of the walls is a clever way to make a small space feel more coherent and unified. Lining the floor with decking will make the space feel cleaner and tidier, hence making the space feel more open and larger. The decking also has a multifunctional use, allowing you to place chairs and a small table on top, making it easier for you to sit outside and enjoy your garden.
  1. Unify house and garden – Invite the outside in (and vice versa), by making connections with your small garden space and the inside of your home. You can do this by installing a glazed sliding door from our range. Our 8ft External White La Porte Vista Folding Door is modern and contemporary and would look stylish in any urban environment. The glazed function of the door allows light to stream into your home, whilst also creating the illusion that your garden space is bigger than it actually is.
  1. Keep it simple – Although you may have grand ideas for decorating your garden space, it’s important to keep it simple when working with small perimeters. Reducing the number of materials and plants in a small garden makes it feel spacious and larger. Using timber to create clean lines will create the illusion of space, while block planting low green hedging and shrubbery will be easy to maintain and not complicate the look. Stick with whites and greens to keep your look modern and uncluttered.

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Preparing Your Yard Turf for Spring and Summer

Preparing Your Yard Turf for Spring and Summer

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A transition from winter to spring is always important if you want to keep your lawn appealing and enticing. The most important thing you will have to do is transition that coarse winter ryegrass back to the lively spring and summer bermuda grass we all love.

Clean Up the Debris

Any winter worth its salt will leave clumps of dirt and rubble in your lawn and yard. The first step to recovering from the winter is by cleaning up all that mess. Removing the rubble as early as possible will give the grass the freedom and space it needs to flourish. Moreover, everything will look neat once the green starts filtering in.

Don’t Mow Too Early

Even though the brown and pale winter turf might look unappealing, it will give your warm season grass the cushioning and insulation it needs to flourish. Giving the spring grass a couple of weeks to grow before switching on the mower would be a great idea.

Neavegroup.com landscaping experts advocate for sweeping or blowing all the clippings back into the lawn. The clippings will create perfect compost for your budding grass.

Keep the Water Flowing

Contrary to the assumption that the soil will be we in early spring, most soils tend to dry up gradually leaving the shallow grass roots with no nutrition. Give your lawn a mild dose of water to ensure that the grass has the moisture it needs to flourish.

Since bermuda grass can survive with less water, sticking to 70 percent less watering will kill off the ryegrass whilst giving bermuda the chance to take over the lawn.

Pay Attention to Shaded Patches

Winter grass tend to be more aggressive when growing in shady areas. The shade blocks out the sun and the heat hence giving the grass an almost winter like environment. If you cannot prune the shrubs or trees in your yard to minimize this, consider mowing such sections frequently to keep down the rye as you and give bermuda grass a chance to grow.

Fertilize and Improve Watering

It will take up to two weeks for the beautiful bermuda grass to come back to life. Once this happens, you can freely improve the watering cycle as the grass will now have what it takes to overcome the competition. Broadcasting some bit of balanced fertilizer will give your lawn the boost it needs to develop that lush and appealing green.

Don’t Forget the Shrubs and The Decorative Plants

What is a good lawn without an equally appealing surrounding? Not much. Inasmuch as you are focusing on recovering your grass, you should also pay some attention to your shrubs and decorative plants. Trim all the dead branches, water them and use some manure to give them the boost they need to match your turf.

The way you recover your sod from the frigid winter will determine how good your lawn will look through the spring and summer. Don’t wait until it is too late to begin as you might have to spend more time and money to get that fantastic look we all desire.

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How to Create and Maintain a More Natural Lawn and Garden

Do you enjoy spending time outside your home? Adding a touch of nature to your garden and lawn has the potential to make these external areas of your home more welcoming and appealing. Below are some ways you can easily create and maintain a more natural lawn and garden.

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Add Stone Features

Stone is one of the most naturally occurring materials on the planet and it’s also one of the most beautiful materials. Different locations have different types of stone such as granite, quartz, gravel and river rock. Each type of stone can be used in different ways to add to the natural appearance of walkways using landscaping stones, pathways, water features, rock gardens and stand-alone features.

Water Features

There’s something soothing about flowing water and you can have this amazing experience outside your home. Homeowners have a wide range of fountains, waterfalls and other water features to choose from that are suitable for all types of gardens. These water features, combined with other natural materials such as stone and wood ensure that you will want to spend more time in your garden.

Timber and Wood

Adding timber and wooden features that complement the other natural attractions in your garden will give it a much more complete look. Bamboo, railway sleepers and other types of wood and timber are the perfect materials to use to create boundaries around your home, to surround flowers and shrubs and to be used as furniture or features that allow you to relax and take it easy.

In other situations, you may not want to use gravel or small stones in certain areas where you grow flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. Instead, you can add mulch in these areas, that blends in extremely well with all of the plant life in your garden and also allows your plant life to grow and flourish.

Add Local Plants and Perennials

A modern garden really comes alive when you add plant life to it. However, you should choose wisely before you introduce any plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. Many of the plants, flowers, shrubs and trees that grow locally are the perfect solution for a garden and also give it a more familiar appearance.

The type of plant life you add to your garden is just as important. Ideally, you should sow perennial plants that retain their color and leaves throughout the year. These plants also require less upkeep than other types of plants that are not as robust. Over time, perennial plants are more likely to grow and spread throughout a garden, making it an even more spectacular place.

Attract Nature into Your Garden

Birds singing and bees humming are sounds everyone likes to hear in a garden and you can entice more of these welcome creatures into your garden. Sowing the appropriate plants and adding certain features such as bird baths and bird feeder are extremely easy ways to do this.

Unfortunately, many gardens and laws are not used to their full potential. However, by following the tips above, you can make your garden a natural haven that you can be proud of.

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The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Rooftop gardens have become a quite popular place for recreation, sports, social gatherings and urban agriculture. They also have aesthetic value and are extremely important in terms of their environmental impact. The green roofs, as they are often called, reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the building, which results in lower energy consumption. They can also reduce and delay run off by collecting the storm water, which can afterwards be used by the plants. Roof gardens are becoming the green oasis in the bigger highly urbanized cities around the world.

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The idea of these facilities is far from new, however. There were records of such high gardens that date back to ancient times and examples can be found in Rome, Egypt and even in ancient Mesopotamia. One of the Seven wonders of the ancient world are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which are believed to have supported not only smaller plants but even trees.

So, the contemporary architects just borrowed this wonderful idea and turned the roof into a wonderful place to rest, chat with friends, grow vegetables. There are many wonderful designs that feature immaculate floors of natural stone tiles or recycled wood, comfortable garden furniture, covered recreational areas, cafes, pools, gardens that produce fresh fruits and vegetables and even vineyards. But a group of architects working at Studio Gang Architects turned their Chicago office rooftop into a small wheat “farm”, which was harvested in August 2016 to be milled and produce 27 kg of completely edible flour.

It was probably the first time when a rooftop garden was successfully planted with wheat that gave yield. The studio was very proud with its rooftop garden and decide to develop it further and turn it into a “special space where the Studio meets the city”, as they have put it on the special page they made for the Treehouse (the name they gave to the rooftop garden). It is now used to hold parties and gatherings not only of the architect’s studio but can also be hired for external occasions. The wheat farm is complimented by a prairie garden and a transparent pavilion and makes it an ideal place for rest and entertainment.

Enjoy its simple beauty and dive into the serene atmosphere of this unusual rooftop garden that is a real retreat from the busy and hectic city life.

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo by Studio Gang Architects

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo by Studio Gang Architects

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo by Studio Gang Architects

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The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo by Studio Gang Architects

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty © Hedrich Blessing

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

The Unusual Rooftop Garden

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

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16 Extraordinary Mid-Century Modern Patio Designs You’ll Fall In Love With

Spring is coming and that means that the weather outside will be perfect. This is the best time to get ready for the spring season and actually prepare your backyard or garden. If you are an outdoor person who loves to spend every possible moment outside, then you understand the importance of the patio design. If it is good it can invite you outside, but on the contrary it can drive you inside.
In order to help you make a good choice, we have gathered some mid-century modern patio designs that are going to show you pretty much how your patio should look like if your home is designed in this style.

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor designs in which we have featured 16 Extraordinary Mid-Century Modern Patio Designs You’ll Fall In Love With. The designs that you’ll see in this collection are the first of the outdoor series from the showcase of the mid-century modern style that we have been working on for quite some time now. You can find all of the interior designs that this showcase featured in the following collections featuring the mid-century modern kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, dining room, kids’ room, home office, staircase and entranceEnjoy!

Myrtle Mid-Century Residence

Shangrila – Marin County, CA

North Sunset, LA

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Hillside MCM Residence

Outdoor Living

California Modern Love

Truly Open Eichler House

Christopher Kennedy Project

Hypoluxo Island Mid-Century Modern Home

Lakeside Drive Residence

La Cañada Residence

Brentwood Residence

Chino Canyon Residence

Berkeley mid-century architectural beauty

Bentwood MidCentury Modern Remodel

Gilmore House Mid-Century Modern Patio

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