Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside

We all know that creating a beautiful, relaxing space inside your home is important. But what about your outdoor space? It’s easy to write off this space and simply put out some chairs and a table and call it a day. However, your porch or patio can be just as beautiful and comfortable as an indoor space. In fact, you can make it so stylish, you may not even be able to tell the difference between the interior and exterior of your home.

If you’re someone who loves to spend time outdoors, there is no reason your outdoor space should be anything less than inspiring. It deserves as much attention as the interior rooms in your home. Today, it’s very easy to find outdoor furniture and decor that can survive the elements while providing both comfort and style.

Here are some inspiring outdoor living areas that are so beautiful, you’ll be hard-pressed to want to go back inside.

Outdoor Living Area Ideas

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comBeautiful potted plants carry the outdoors into this elegant patio.
Source: Ballard Designs

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comA gas fire pit serves as a focal point to this seating area by the pool, combining two natural elements.
Source: House Beautiful

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comA lovely stone fireplace creates the feeling of a cozy living room on this patio.
Source: HGTV

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comAt first glance, it’s easy to think this spacious living area is indoors – but it’s not!
Source: Highgate House via Decor Pad

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe brown in the dining area creates a beautiful contrast with the white living area.
Source: Traditional Home

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comThis patio is spacious enough for a large party yet cozy enough for small, intimate gatherings.
Source: Architectural Digest

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comAn area rug is a great way to define an outdoor living space and make it feel more like an indoor room.
Source: Homes to Love

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comHow chic and glamorous is this black and white outdoor space?
Source: House Beautiful

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comDon’t forget to include a spot for your furry family members, too.
Source: Veranda

Beautiful Patios That Will Make You Want to Live Outside | MeganMorrisBlog.comLove the bar area, stonework, and chic furniture on this gorgeous patio.
Source: House Beautiful

So many beautiful ideas!

Warm regards,
Megan

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors

Want to give your home’s curb appeal something special? Your garage door is an opportunity just waiting for you to take advantage of it. It takes up a lot of real estate on your home’s facade, so it’s a great place to infuse some charm and character to elevate the entire look of your curb appeal.

There are a lot of ways to improve your garage door. If your budget is low, simply painting it can have a big effect that doesn’t cost a lot. You can also add extra details to it, such as DIY hardware or vines, or you can replace the door altogether with something like a carriage door if you have a little more room in your budget.

Here are 10 eye-catching garage doors to give you some ideas and inspiration for your own home.

Garage Door Inspiration

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite carriage doors blend into the beautiful facade of this home while adding some character. The vines are a nice touch, too, to bring some life to the curb appeal.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe panels and curved windows bring some extra character to this otherwise simple garage.
Source: This Old House

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThese garage doors mimic the look of actual barn doors for a very charming look.
Source: Christina’s Adventures

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comSome black hardware adds detail to this carriage door that ties it in with the Juliet balcony.
Source: Southern Living

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comHow chic is this rounded garage door?
Source: Elements of Style

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comA polished, bare wood door brings warmth and character to the white building while keeping with a modern appeal.
Source: Lonny

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comRustic, knotty wood garage doors bring a farmhouse flair to this beautiful home.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comDon’t be afraid to paint your garage door a color, like this beautiful deep green that complements the home.
Source: Southern Living

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThough the garage door mostly blends in with the facade, the detailing on the panels gives it some character.
Source: New England Home

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThis home looks like a tropical paradise with the gorgeous, vibrant wood tone on the garage doors, which add some dimension to the look.
Source: Southern Living

Could your garage door use an upgrade?

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas

I love a courtyard in a home. You don’t see them often, but when you do, they always feel like a little special find that gives the house some extra character. A courtyard is an outdoor area that is surrounded by the walls of a building. This makes a courtyard one of the most private options for an outdoor space and definitely one of the most unique.

Courtyard homes have been rising in popularity for this reason, but they can still be considered rare compared to traditional layouts. They are also great if you have a small lot or if the view from the back of your home isn’t particularly pleasing. Since the courtyard is enclosed by other rooms in the home or high walls, no one can see in so the privacy aspect is wonderful. (Unless you have a two-story neighbor next door.)

Above all, they are incredibly charming and offer some interesting opportunities for decor and landscaping. Here are 10 inspiring examples of courtyard patios and gardens to give you some ideas.

Courtyard Ideas

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comSimple wrought iron furniture complements the beautiful Tuscan exterior of this home, letting you appreciate the architecture while you enjoy some time outside.
Source: Elle Decor

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comBuilt-in benches make the most of this small but charming courtyard and the lovely fountain in the center.
Source: Dering Hall

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHow cozy is this outdoor living area? Not an inch of space is wasted, fitting in both a sitting area and dining area.
Source: Robeson Design via Houzz

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comI love the little nook in this courtyard that separates the conversation areas while still offering plenty of space for entertaining.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comLight blue cushions pop against all the gorgeous green vines growing around this courtyard.
Source: Mark D. Sikes

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comA fireplace is always a wonderful addition to a courtyard to give it a focal point and join multiple conversation areas together.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe beautiful symmetry of this courtyard is maintained by the wonderful use of radial design in the center, joining the sitting area with the fountain opposite it.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis courtyard looks like a private oasis where nature has grown right into the architecture.
Source: Style by Emily Henderson

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a long, narrow courtyard, these two sofas worked perfectly to balance it out.
Source: HGTV

10 Charming Courtyard Patio and Garden Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHow lovely is this courtyard garden? You can see the sea right through the windows.
Source: Architectural Digest

So charming!

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors

The bathroom is one area in the home that should always feel like a retreat. It should be relaxing, peaceful, and help you start your day and unwind at the end of it. When I think of this kind of relaxation and rejuvanation, I often think of nature.

There are a lot of ways to incorporate nature into your bathroom, but one of the most effective is, of course, to open your bathroom right up to nature itself. A beautiful view always makes any area of a home more appealing. In the bathroom, it’s a great way to capture that spa-like vibe and help you shake off your stress.

The view doesn’t have to be of something particularly awe-inspiring or majestic, either. Even some flowers or greenery by a window can have a wonderful effect on the space and bring some more beauty to your bathroom.

Here are 10 inspiring bathrooms that embraced the outdoors:

Bathrooms with a View

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comA white and gray palette allows your gaze to be drawn right to the incredible view outside, accented with some colorful foliage.
Source: House Beautiful via Elle Decor

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comMirrored doors reflect the greenery outside, creating the feeling of being outdoors in this spa-like bathroom.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comThis bathroom is like a sunroom, surrounded by windows to let the light pour in.
Source: Savvy Home

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comWho wouldn’t feel relaxed in this stunning bathroom surrounded by a peaceful coastal view?
Source: Luxe

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comThis shower allows you to feel like you are bathing right in nature while still experiencing its luxurious upgrades.
Source: Luxe

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comWho says your mirrors and vanity need to be up against a wall? This bathroom puts as little divide between you and the beautiful outdoors as possible.
Source: My Domaine

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comAfter a peaceful bath by the fireplace, you can step right outside into the clean, fresh air.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe green from nature is a beautiful accent against the white in this bathroom.
Source: Veranda

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comA private terrace creates a cozy, cottage feel in this super charming bathroom.
Source: Veranda

10 Bathrooms That Embrace the Outdoors | HomeandEventStyling.comNothing says clean and open quite like a crisp, white bathroom and a stunning view.
Source: Architectural Digest

If you don’t have a view, you can still incorporate nature in your bathroom with potted greenery and flowers to create a similar effect.

Warm regards,
Megan

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating

There are so many ways to decorate an outdoor space. You can get just as creative with it as an interior space and work with nature to create something truly spectacular. One of my favorite looks that has been gaining popularity lately is sunken outdoor seating.

Sunken seating is when a seating area is built into the ground and requires you to step down into it to reach it. This arrangement is great for a variety of reasons:

  1. It gives you extra privacy because you’ll be sitting below ground level, creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere.
  2. It doesn’t disrupt the view from the house. While regular, ground-level furniture will get in the way of the view from the house windows, sunken seating will allow you to see right over it.
  3. It is harmonious with the landscape and can be made to look like it is a part of it.

Besides all of these practical advantages, sunken outdoor seating can also look beautiful and stylish depending on the materials and shapes that you choose. It’s very versatile, suiting everything from a rustic landscape to a more modern, minimalist one.

Here are some great examples to inspire you.

Sunken Outdoor Seating Ideas

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThis beautiful sunken seating area looks like it is floating in the pool.
Source: Jonn Coolidge Interiors

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comA small but cozy sunken seating area features a modern firepit and fits right into the landscape.
Source: AD Design File

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken nature of this seating area creates more privacy in this urban garden.
Source: Disc Interiors via Decor Pad

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe charcoal seating and accent wall create a dynamic contrast with the green hedges.
Source: HGTV

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can climb right into this sunken seating area after a dip in the infinity pool.
Source: Conrad Hotels

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThere is something so cozy about stepping down into this firepit area after enjoying dinner on the patio.
Source: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe curvature and landscaping made this sunken seating area look so natural.
Source: Luxe

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe back part of this sunken seating area serves as the outdoor kitchen and bar area for serving, making the most of the space.
Souce: Sunset

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken set-up is perfect for a modern and minimalist space.
Source: Casa Sugar

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can even do a budget-friendly sunken seating area with stacked stone, hedges, gravel and your choice of movable seating.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Would you ever consider this for your outdoor space?

Warm regards,
Megan