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

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

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s full of fun and energy and spending time outdoors in the sun. Capturing this spirit in your decor is a great way to extend the experience through your home. One of the best places to do that is on your porch or patio, of course!

Orange is a color that really captures the essence of summer. It’s bright, energetic, and playful, perfect for the season that is all about letting go and having a great time. It’s a color that is full of life. Because of its bold and vibrant nature, a lot of people shy away from using it inside their homes. But the rules are completely different outside ─ it could be the perfect spot for you to explore your bolder side.

Here are 10 outdoor spaces with orange accents that have stylishly captured the vibe of summer.

Decorating with Orange on Your Patio

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the orange on this porch pops with stunning effect against the white backdrop.
Source: House Beautiful

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite and orange show again how perfectly they go together.
Source: HGTV

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comBlue and orange are also a winning pair, especially in this modern setting that is a bit icy and warmed by the contrast of the orange.
Source: Sunset

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comDoesn’t the orange and blue decor give you a burst of energy just looking at it? It looks like a party!
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comWhile orange is definitely the star color on this balcony, some other accents bring extra life to this playful but chic space.
Source: Coastal Living

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comMuted orange can still have the same energizing effect while capturing a more understated, sophisticated appeal.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comThe rug really makes this space pop and feel out of the ordinary.
Source: The Every Girl

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comThe orange accents interact beautifully with the lush, green landscaping to make the deck area feel more dynamic.
Source: Southern Living

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comJust a few pops of orange elevate the style on this relaxing porch.
Source: New England Home

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comBeing selective with your color ─ orange trees, a bouquet of flowers, and a roaring fire ─ will help you create a super chic atmosphere like this luxurious patio.
Source: Architectural Digest

If you are looking for a way to spice up your outdoor area, orange accents will definitely do the trick.

Warm regards,
Megan

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio

It’s easy to think of a backyard as a flat, open space. And if you install a porch, patio or deck, usually you think of it in terms of a square or rectangle. When you open up your mind to possibilities beyond these two perceptions, you can start envisioning a more luxurious place for outdoor living.

Playing with the elevation of your yard is an easy way to instantly transform the space. Multi-level patios create dimension, add visual interest, and help define different living areas (i.e. an outdoor dining room, living area, and fire pit.) It can take a boring backyard, big or small, and help create a space that feels more like a destination.

Here are 10 great examples of multi-level patios from the grand to the more modest. All of them use the different levels to give the space its own unique identity.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comMultiple levels make this stunning outdoor space feel like a luxurious oasis, all focused around a grand stairway.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comAbove the pool is another private area that creates the feel of different rooms within this outdoor space.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comThree levels flow seamlessly from one to the next, all leading to what feels like a sunken area for the fire pit.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comA deck of the patio serves as the perfect spot for dining. The umbrellas help join the two spaces together.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comIf you have dining area and living area, separating the two by levels can make each space feel more intimate.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comFoliage cleverly surrounds the upper deck to make the structure look like it grew right from the ground.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comThis multi-level patio was beautifully designed in a way that makes it look like a piece of art.

Creating Dimension with a Multi-Level Patio | HomeandEventStyling.comGravel turned the area directly off the porch into another patio area in a quick and affordable way.

A multi-level patio can cure just about any outdoor space of drab design.

Warm regards,
Megan

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Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas

During the summer, everyone is interested in their outdoor space or the ones of the homes they are looking at buying. For buyers, a pool becomes a very enticing luxury while house shopping in the heat. But never assume that just having the pool there is enough to sell it. Some buyers might need that extra nudge, since pools do require a bit of maintenance. One way you can do that is by staging the area with some smart decor. If you can sell the lifestyle, you are one step closer to selling the home. It will help them imagine themselves relaxing out there and all the potential enjoyment they could get from having their own private oasis. Here are some tips and ideas for pool area decorating and staging.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe addition of an umbrella is simple, but calls to mind a luxury hotel or beach vacation. Potted flowers on each corner of the pool add some pops of color.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis furniture cleverly matches the architecture of the home with the wood and white accents.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHere, simplicity has a very upscale appeal. The candles between each seat are enough to add some elegance and a romantic glow.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comStacking the towels under the end table is a great touch if you are staging your home for sale to get your buyers’ imaginations rolling.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comLanterns placed along the edge of the pool will look great at night, casting a beautiful glow on the water.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can embrace the home’s history with furniture that matches its style, like this vintage wrought iron set with pale blue cushions.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comDepending on how your pool area is set up, consider having multiple conversation areas. A table with an umbrella is perfect for poolside dining, while some Adirondack chairs offer a place for sunbathing.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comYou don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture to get comfort and style by the pool. Here, a twin mattress with some colorful pillows make for laid back charm.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comOutdoor slipcovers have a very elegant look that is also very easy to keep clean. You can pop them in the washing machine regularly for a crisp look.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comCurtains provide a luxury hotel appeal to a pool area that is easy and affordable to accomplish.

When doing pool area decorating or staging, keep in mind the lifestyle you want to capture.

Warm regards,
Megan

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