Outdoor Spaces That Inspire

Outdoor Spaces That Inspire

Beth Zeigler
Jun 28, 2010

While some folks can't wait to get out of the summer heat, we welcome the hot and humid season with a cozy spot outdoors. With a picnic table purchase just around the corner, we wanted to round up some inspiring outdoor spaces from our own virtual backyard--the Los Angeles Flickr Group Pool.

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A bright patterned rug is a welcoming sight for visitors. Paired with bright yellow accents, these few additions would pep up any porch.

A pair of Adirondack chairs opposite a cozy cushioned semicircle is the perfect spot for a fun gathering. We especially love the stone ground underneath, creating a flat surface for the outdoor fire pit.

Extremely modern, this outdoor furniture grouping echoes the modern lines of Downtown Los Angeles. The half gray, half white upholstery is especially fun and eye-catching.

Grouping succulents in colorful containers livens up this homes outdoor entry. Another great idea--painting the door a pretty teal hue.

Succulents are commonplace in Los Angeles, it's how you contain and display them that sets your outdoor area apart. A large tin container pops from the landscape while feeling rustic modern.

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A narrow indoor/outdoor space becomes vibrant with a bold blue color choice. We love the eclectic feel of this space with a little help from hanging vertical plants and stone water features.

Outdoor lighting paired with patterned seat cushions and pillows makes for a moody, romantic statement.

Mix it up outdoors with mismatched table and chairs. A reupholstered bench and bright colors make this back patio sing.

This balcony shows us that you don't need a ton of space to create a relaxing outdoor escape--just some greenery, bright colors and comfy seating.

A personal fave--brick flooring + potted succulents thrown in with a pop of color from yellow chairs and a large wood table for dining--and we'll be set for enjoying a long summer.

(Images: 1. heylucy, 2. MiCasaEstrella, 3. ricardodiaz11, 4. bootsXcats, 5. airdrome, 6. Veronica TM, 7. Cate Is My Name, 8. gentillefille, 9. dmstudio, 10. airdrome)

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