June 30, 2019

Outdoor living comes inside your home and vice versa ~


Many moons ago when I was a young girl…our outdoor living rooms were called a screened-in-porch!  Yikes, I’m dating myself once again.  The second greatest outdoor space (in my childhood memories) was the treehouse next door in my neighbor’s humongous Sycamore tree!  I’ve always loved being outdoors whether it was riding bikes, climbing trees or riding horses so it shouldn’t surprise you that creating a home environment mirroring the outdoors is as much a part of me as breathing!!


The imagination knows no boundaries as you will see from the fabulous photos and designs below.  I envy the creativity of the designers and architects who so brilliantly executed the desire to bring the indoors outside…and the outside (Mother Nature) indoors!  I could live in every single one of these amazing spaces and the smile on my face would never leave… Enjoy my discoveries!  🌲🌞

A spacious patio with lush green plants, featuring a table for outdoor dining.

 Glass walls slide open increasing your living space – and who doesn’t want more space?! Photo:

A house with large glass wall in the middle of the forest.

We typically see beautiful outdoor living rooms but how often do we see a spectacular indoor “room with a view” like this one?  Talk about “thinking outside the box”!  Photo: Found on Pinterest

Outdoor lounge area under an arch

Incorporating interior architectural detail into your outdoor living space is a brilliant way to create a second or even third multi-purpose room in your home.  Photo: Architectural Digest; photo Mary Nichols


Gazebo with greenery, sofa and hanging chair under it.

The exquisite Moroccon tile stencil on this floor brings vibrant color and design to this unique outdoor living room…complete with it’s own swinging chair! Photo: All The Angles Stencil | Royal Design Studio

Indoor hammock in a room full of plants.

Hidden realms for quiet breaks or relaxation are a must in any home offering escape from the fast paced world we live in. Photo:

Patio with a wooden floor, outdoor furniture and flower beds.

Outdoor rooms are becoming more and more popular.  They not only provide a cozy “living room” area in nature but they also expand the square footage of actual living space.  The horizontal slatted wall and canopy provide a privacy screen as well as a sun screen in addition to adding a design element. Photo: Found on Penaime

Cozy, light kitchen with black counter with white top, greenery visible through the window

Can you imagine creating exquisite meals in this gorgeous open-air kitchen… as the garden and birds reflect back their beauty? I’d be in heaven for sure! Photo: HomesToLove

An outdoor patio with a roof, filled with furniture.

Loving this porch! It’s like a great room concept for the outdoors! The glass walls provide a clear site line into the dining area, kitchen and living room- allowing everyone to feel like they are together. Photo: Sargeant Photography found on Style Me Pretty

A woman resting on a spacious net hammock, gazing at the stunning tropical view.

The ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience – Robinson Caruso style! Simply no words other than I want to be living there! Photo: Found on Pinterest

Modern outdoor area with sofa and chair near water.

Oh my… this is quintessential coastal living which is all about bringing the indoors – out – into the bright blue skies and gentle breezes under a radiant sun! Photo: Found on Pinterest


A glass-covered sunroom.

I’m a sucker for textures and this adorable lean-to kitchen and eating area are only a few steps from the cobbled patio garden. Light abounds… even when there are overcast skies in the U.K.! Photo: House & Garden UK

Outdoor patio under a massive wooden roof

This massive outdoor room feels warm and inviting due to the many natural elements used such as the wood ceiling (an extension from the indoors) along with natural stone which has been used throughout the home for a cohesive design. Throw in multiple sofas and daybeds and you never need to go anywhere else! Photo:

Cozy glamping tent.

Add a geodome structure to your home and you’ll not only have your own greenhouse (if desired) but you’ll have a 4 season room which allows you to feel as though you are basking in the outdoors! Photo: Riverside Tool and Dye

Closed-off patio with trees and concrete elements and patterned tiles.

How lovely is this private walled courtyard complete with water, fire, air and earth elements!? Photo: Apartment Therapy; Commune Design

Outdoor living space with furniture, plants, and a fire pit.

Take a step back in time with this massive fireplace and stone patio. Gather round with friends and family in this tranquil environment as you star gaze at night. Photo: The Wow Decor

Grid of Kouboo pendant lighting options.

Kouboo offers a wide variety of pendant lighting for all your indoor/outdoor desires – wicker, rattan, capiz shells and even abalone! Photo: Kouboo