Take in the fresh summer breeze and languish in those lazy sunny Sundays. After spending the cooler seasons snuggled under a fuzzy blanket, it’s finally time to bring the fun outdoors. Whether it’s an outdoor courtyard or lunch by the patio, summer is the perfect season to soak up the sun with good company.
Here, we present a list of nine inspirational outdoor spaces you’ll love to hang out in to inspire you with your own garden ideas. Let’s have a look at our top picks for spaces to sit out under the sun.
Taking a Dip
A strip of marble flooring strikes a balance between the lush green grass and the refreshing blue hues of the pool. A brightly lit spot in the city, with a shaded patio that feeds in to the open plan lounge, we foresee plenty of gatherings at this Lisbon apartment in the summer. See the rest of the Prazeres Building home here.
Poolside Barbecue, Anyone?
We’re all about barbecues in summer, especially when they’re held by the pool. With the sun out so bright, we can’t resist taking a dip in the water and having a bite of grilled burgers immediately right after. This mid-century modern Eichler home in San Mateo Highlands offers the perfect poolside spot to set up a grill for everyone to enjoy. And if you’re up for something a little toned down, roasting smores by the cool blue fireplace might also be a good option. Tour the rest of the home here.
For a more industrial look, what about a concrete corner by the pool. This Los Angeles home makes maximum use of the poolside with a space that’s perfect for more intimate gatherings. Whether it’s a barbecue or just a night under the stars, we’re loving the cozy nook where you can easily retreat for downtime. Find out more about the home here.
If a cozy corner isn’t your cup of tea, may you’d enjoy an outdoor kitchen next to an infinity pool stretching off the edge of the hill. This Texas home is giving us a serious case of design envy with its vast open space and tranquil surroundings, ideal for the summer breeze. See the rest of the home here.
Begin the Day with Breathtaking Views
If you’re lucky enough to live with superb views, make the most of them. Take a cue from the Los Molles home who have extended their patio area to include a table. With such breathtaking views in the morning, you’ll be able to welcome in the day with nothing but good vibes. Check out the rest of the hilltop home here.
Every day is a holiday with an outdoor dining area that looks out to stunning views of the lake. Located in central Italy, this charming home features rustic interiors with lovely accent colors. Set against a backdrop of rolling mountain ridges, this is a dining spot that’s impossible to say no to. Explore the rest of the home here.
Top floor views of the city work just as well for casual meals under the sun, as there are plenty of ways to decorate your rooftop space. Take inspiration from this beautiful open air lounge area with its modern coffee tables and wooden seats. We’ve featured more pretty patios, so make sure to check them out here.
Summer afternoons are perfect for curling up with a good book and we might have found the perfect reading spot. This sustainable home in Santa Monica has a bright hammock bed on the rooftop with an equally zesty rocking chair. It’s even a great space for kids to soak up some Vitamin D. Have a look at the rest of the home here.
Sometimes all you need is quality time with the family, especially with school out for the summer. We’re loving this cozy courtyard in this eco-friendly home in Toronto featuring wooden floors and sleek black outdoor dining set. There’s a harmonious flow with the rest of the home thanks to the glass facade of the house. Explore the rest of the home here.
It’s always nice to stay in touch with the environment with a secret garden of your own. You can even add a little flair in the courtyard by designing a modern landscape like this one. The wooden floors and the concrete steps complement the vibrancy of the leafy greens, adding the right amount of dynamism in the area. For more secret gardens, see here.
Do you have outdoor spaces in your home? Tell us about them in the comments.
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