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

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas

If you want to add some instant charm to the exterior of your home, a Juliet balcony could be just the thing you are looking for. The name is derived from the classic Shakespeare play, Romeo & Juliet after the balcony from which Juliet calls out the famous line, “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

A Juliet balcony has either very little space or no space at all to walk out onto. However, they offer the same effect visually from the outside as a traditional balcony. French doors usually lead out onto them, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outside and give a space more of a feeling of openness without the spatial requirements of a full-blown balcony.

A Juliet balcony provides a ton of character to a space. Of course, they suit the traditional French style incredibly well (you will find them all over Paris, for example) but they also look great in a variety of other home styles, from traditional to modern facades.

Here are 10 great examples of Juliet balconies and some of the great design possibilities you can explore with them.

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comBeautiful iron work gives this Juliet balcony an extra flair and brings more character to the small bathroom.
Source: My Design Chic

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe wrought iron of the railing below balances nicely with the Juliet balcony above.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a more minimalist look, a streamlined railing that matches the trim will keep things clean and tight aesthetically.
Source: Luxe

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a small home, a Juliet balcony will give your space some breathing room and provide some character to the exterior.
Source: Southern Living

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThough this bathroom is small, all the simplicity of design, the window, and the Juliet balcony make it feel very open and breezy.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comJuliet balconies give the third story a chance to enjoy the coastal view without competing with the larger balcony on the second level.
Source: House Beautiful

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe small Juliet balcony above the wrap-around front porch gives this home’s exterior more depth and interest.
Source: Southern Living

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThese two Juliet balconies help make the space over the garage look less like just the garage and more like part of the home.
Source: Luxe

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis minor architectural feature brings so much more character to the exterior of this home.
Source: HGTV

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis small living space is made to feel so much more open and grand thanks to the French doors being able to open wide out onto the Juliet balconies and to the city beyond.
Source: Daily Mail

A Juliet balcony brings more than just the benefit of extra character to your home. It can also be highly functional and create a more open flow in a small space.

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready

In every season, color plays a huge role in how we perceive it through design. With summer around the corner, it’s all about embracing the bright and vivid colors that capture the fun and relaxing energy of the playful season. The best place to do this is, of course, in your outdoor space.

You can have some great outdoor parties during the summer, so you want your porch, patio or balcony to be ready for it. A colorful outdoor space is best for this time of year. It’s easy to create without spending a lot of money and can even be accomplished in an afternoon with some quick, new accents. Taking advantage of colorful decor is one of the best ways to freshen up an outdoor space.

Check out these 10 ideas for colorful outdoor spaces that are sure to inspire you.

Ideas for Colorful Outdoor Spaces

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comWe staged this patio with a blue outdoor sofa and a colorful rug to liven up the space.
Source: ProfessionalStaging.com

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the colors of this fun and funky patio are inspired by the garden life that surrounds it.
Source: One Kings Lane

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft orange and turquoise together make this little patio area feel fresh and charming.
Source: HGTV

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comThe maroon and yellow pillows pop beautifully against the crisp, light blue cushions.
Source: House of Turquoise

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comPink accents play well off the greenery that surrounds this cozy corner.
Source: Home Beautiful

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comOrange is the most energetic color in the rainbow and one of our favorites to use in a colorful outdoor space.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comSome colorful lanterns bring the color upward and look so charming hanging from the trees.
Source: Real Simple

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comColorful outdoor curtains are a great way to infuse some color in the space while also providing some shade from the summer sun.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft coral brings some cheer and style to this southern porch.
Source: Southern Living

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comThe blue area rug helps define this sitting area by the pool while also providing a great pop of color that matches the pillows.
Source: House Beautiful

To make your outdoor space summer-ready, try incorporating some colorful cushions, accent pillows, an area rug, or some potted plants to quickly and easily bring it to life.

Warm regards,
Megan