10 Outdoor Spaces to Usher in Spring

Warmer weather is finally here! See 10 enchanting open-air spaces that prove exterior design is every bit as compelling as interior design. Then shop one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor to take your style outside the home while bringing nature inside with alfresco-inspired fine art and fashion.
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In the loggia of an Italian Renaissance–style Palm Beach residence — completed in 1995 with architect Jeff Smith, interior designer Pauline Pitt and landscape master Mario Nieverarattan furniture and 18th-century chinoiserie plates warm up the cream coquina limestone.

Photo by Jessica Klewicki Glynn.

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Ellen DeGeneres furnished the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House’s handsome courtyard with an outdoor couch and chairs by Haines and several Hallworth-designed ottomans; Blackman Cruz supplied the glass-topped bronze dining table.

Photo by Tim Street-Porter.

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A Paletteur sculpture made a bold architectural statement in Palm Springs, California. The COD Easy Chairs were created by Rami Tareef for Gaga & Design; the marble and wooden stools are by Kreoo.

Photo by David A. Lee.

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Designer Charlotte Moss created a graveled seating area in the garden of her East Hampton, New York home. A hedge of golden yew embraces the space, which is anchored by a zinc fountain flanked by pots filled with succulents, lavender, rosemary and roses surrounding two olive topiaries.

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Moss and Rizzoli.

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At Jardin de Buis, a French-influenced private garden in Pottersville, New Jersey, an orangerie links two greenhouses, each lined with understated seating options.

Photo by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, Ingalls Photography, courtesy of The Monacelli Press.

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Well-scaled and comfortable, mid-century patio furniture is frequently used in projects like this Palm Beach, Florida, courtyard by landscape architect Mario Nievera.


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In a Brooklyn backyard, a vintage set of six Russell Woodard Sculptura chairs pairs nicely with a patinated brick wall.

Photo courtesy of DLANDstudio.

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A row of sleek chaise lounges sits alongside a poolside pergola crowned with Japanese wisteria.

Photo by Charles Mayer, courtesy of The Monacelli Press.

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At designer Jacques Garcia’s 17th-century Normandy estate, a neoclassical Greek theater, constructed from authentic period materials, lies within the garden; terraced seating is built into the landscape.

Photo by Eric Sander.

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Outside the estate of Belgian furniture dealer Jean Philippe Demeyer, pieces of Vallauris furniture are displayed next to the vine-covered orangery (whose French cast-iron windows date to around 1800).


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