Get Inspired: Photos of Pools & Outdoor Living Spaces
These galleries are here to inspire: some have projects or ideas that are achievable, while others -- like vintage shots of movie stars' swimming pools -- are here as enjoyable eye candy, an historical perspective, or to spark an idea or two. Hopefully, you'll be motivated to open your eyes and start noticing outdoor design ideas in even the most unexpected places.
- Outdoor Furnishings & Accessories
- Patios and Outdoor Rooms
- Landscaping and Gardens
- Outdoor Privacy Screens
- Celebrity Homes: Outdoors Edition
- Hardscaping: Design, Spaces & Structures
- Children's Play Yards & Structures
- Swimming Pools & Spas
- Seasonal & Holiday Decorating Ideas
Outdoor Furnishings & Accessories
You can have just as much fun, if not more, furnishing your outdoor rooms. Just being outside makes everything less formal, and it's in your yard where you can let your creativity run free. You can go with a theme or style, like tropical or Moroccan, or mix things up for an eclectic atmosphere. Go ahead and express yourself!
- Flea Market Finds: Vintage Outdoor Furnishings
- Shopping for Vintage Garden Furniture
- Michael Jackson's' Neverland: Garden Statues & Furniture
Patios and Outdoor Rooms
Where do great patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs on TV or get garden design ideas from a local tour. Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape. Patios are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with various materials.
Landscaping and Gardens
The non-hardscaped parts of your yard - aka landscaping - are one of the favorite and most challenging parts of the outdoor living environment. What to plant where, when and how? From poolside landscaping to xeriscaping (water-wise) and patio gardens to scented gardens, we provide you with photo galleries to spark ideas and get you digging.
- Succulent Garden Design Ideas
- Poolside Landscaping Plants
- How to Groom Ornamental Grasses
- Recycled Art in the Garden
- Growing Vegetables in a Patio Box
Outdoor Privacy Screens
Part of enjoying your outdoor living space is using it as an extension of your home. And you don't necessarily want the neighbors or passers-by watching as you dine with your family or take a nap, would you? Thus the need for outdoor privacy screening, which can be anything from a fence to a row of closely planted hedges to a Japanese shoji screen. The possibilities are limitless, as you will see.
- Living Privacy Screens: Trees, Shrubs & Vines
- Fences, Walls & Structural Screens
- Bamboo Privacy Screens
- Vertical Garden Designs
Celebrity Homes: Outdoors Edition
Take a tour of celebrities' homes -- and see how they live life in the outside. Some are extravagant, some are elegant, and others look like nice, normal homes, only better. It's a fun glimpse into how that 1% spend time playing in their yards.
- Taylor Swift Buys 'Traditional' House in Beverly Hills
- Former Schwarzenegger / Shriver Family Mansion
- Charlie Sheen Buys House for an Ex-Wife
- Outside Kimora Lee Simmons' Big, Phat Mansion
- Sandra Bullock / Jesse James Beach House
Hardscaping: Design, Spaces & Structures
Hardscaping is so much more than a slab of concrete. It encompasses everything in your outdoor space that is not actual growing plant life, although both garden and hardscape design are integral to landscape design. Simply put, you can't have one without the other. Examples of hardscaping: gazebos, river rock, decomposed granite, patio roofs, fences, porches and trellises.
Children's Play Yards & Structures
Children just naturally gravitate outdoors. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, you need to designate a special area just for kids. Include your child in planning a special play space, a playhouse, treehouse or fort by looking through photos and books together. It's a great opportunity to work on a project together, and it will be even more special because it was a DIO -- do-it-ourselves -- accomplishment.
Swimming Pools & Spas
You can find them above-ground, in-ground, or with vanishing edges. In all kinds of sizes and shapes and for all sorts of purposes -- from swimming laps to entertaining to existing simply as something to intrigue the senses and admire.
- Swimming Pools, Movie Stars
- The Best Plants for Poolside Landscaping
- Above-Ground Pool Designs, Shapes & Styles
Seasonal & Holiday Decorating Ideas
Outdoor decorations and ornamentation are every home or apartment dweller's way of joining in on seasonal celebrations. It's how you establish a theme and carry out the festivities for occasions like birthdays, family get-togethers or the Fourth of July. Some people are so into holiday yard decorating that they work on their "props" all year. Others celebrate in more subtle ways, with a container on the porch filled with seasonal flowers. It's party time!
- A Wreath for Every Door
- Outdoor Decorating with Poinsettias
- Inside the Ecke Poinsettia Ranch
- Winter Holiday Ideas for Smooth Seasonal Transitions
- Plastic Blow Mold Holiday Lawn Decorations
- Fall Decorating Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
- Fall Decor Ideas: Bellagio Gallery
- Halloween Ideas & Projects: Outdoors Edition
- Halloween Yard Haunt Makeover: Before & After
- Halloween: Eerie Ideas for Yard Displays
- Conjure Up the Best Halloween Yard & Porch Display
- Halloween Decorating Ideas From Roger's Gardens
- Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween: More Flair Than Scare
- Budget-Friendly 4th of July Ideas