22 Gorgeous Outdoor Spaces

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On the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium, interior designer Axel Vervoordt furnishes the orangerie of his medieval castle, ‘s-Gravenwezel, with antique pieces and much greenery.


Marni head designer Consuelo Castiglioni placed a Balinese daybed under the eaves of her Formentara, Spain vacation home. The daybed is outfitted with linens by the label.

Photo by François Halard for Vogue.


For a country home outside of São Paulo, architect Fernanda Marques evoked the modernist idioms of Mies van der Rohe while emphasizing indoor-outdoor living.

Photo by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.


The interior courtyard of the Riad Jaaneman in Marrakech, Morocco personifies bohemian elegance.


In the early 1950s, arts patrons Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody commissioned Henri Matisse to create a ceramic mural for the courtyard of their Hollywood Hills home. Entitled La Gerbe (The Sheaf), the piece is reflective of the paper cut-outs Matisse made at the end of his career. The couple bequeathed the work to LACMA in 2010.


In this backyard garden by designer Alessandra Branca, black and white textiles lend a polished, graphic element to the setting.


For this garden in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, landscape architect Judy Kameon used two vintage John Salterini clam chairs in order to offer a visual counterpoint to the daybed.

Photo by Erik Otsea via Rizzoli.


The Desert House — fittingly located in Desert Hot Springs, California — was a prefab prototype designed by architecture firm Marmol Radziner.

Photo by Joe Fletcher via Arch Daily.


A patterned cement floor and a high-impact, cantilevered red lounger on this Barcelona patio.

Photo via Apartment Therapy.


A view of Bill Willis‘ pergola — set amid a Madison Cox-designed garden — at Aïn Kassimou, a 19th-century Marrakech villa that was originally built for Leo Tolstoy’s daughter. Marella Agnelli, a former owner, commissioned both projects.


In Lucca, Italy, the loggia of the grand Villa Torrigiani boasts 17th-century frescoes.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn via Walls: The Best of Decorative Treatments.

The seaside vacation home of Brit Seijersted Bødtker, located in Kragerø, Norway. The Norwegian architect created round openings deck, in order to preserve and accommodate the property’s beautiful, crooked trees.
Photo by Sølvi dos Santos via Klikk.

In a nod to his client’s multinational background, interior designer Serge Castella employed an eclectic mix of pieces in his renovation of this 18th-century Catalan farmhouse. The wooden table and ceramic vase come from his Girona, Spain storefront.
Photo by Mark G. Peters for AD Spain.

In the colonnade of his Melbourne home, artist David Bromley placed vintage Argentine chandeliers, a bronze statue and blown glass jugs over a hand-painted floor.
Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison.

Renown landscape architect Anouska Hempel created this spare, streamlined garden oasis in the center of London.

The firm of Crosson Clarke Carnachan referred to traditional idioms of New Zealand architecture to design this box-like structure out of sustainable timber.
Photo by Patrick Reynolds via Arch Daily.

The graphic, tonal ceramic tiles at the Parco dei Principi in Sorrento boast modernist bona fides: the pattern was created by legendary Italian talent Gio Ponti, who oversaw the hotel’s design in the early 1960s.
Photo via Parco dei Principi.

Spanish-Porch-Outdoor-DesignAt the Gallery Inn in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, dangling vines and painted wooden benches lend the Spanish Colonial-style atrium an old world, pleasingly distressed charm.
Photo via Design Skool.

Flanked by travertine walls, the zen-like terrace of this Mexico City penthouse — designed in 2009 by Gantous Arquitectos — engenders a connection with nature amid a highly urbanized environment.

The terrace of interior designer Bunny Williams’s Dominican Republic home.
Photo by Amy Archer via Abrams Books.

A patio vignette from Melbourne’s Bridge House, designed by Robin Boyd in 1954. Australian architect Stephen Jolson recently completed a thorough renovation of the mid-century landmark.
Photo by Lisa Cohen for Vogue Living Australia.


Another outdoor design by landscape architect Judy Kameon.

Photo by Erik Otsea via Rizzoli.
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