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7 Ways to Design a Garden That Flows and Intrigues

From Houzz

Transform a staccato yard into a smooth and relaxing delight by mastering the art of garden transitions

One of the main principles of landscape design is to make the space orderly and direct traffic patterns as well as to direct the eye of the beholder.  When executed properly, a well-designed space will have order, rhythm, and usefullness that relates to the homeowner's lifestyle.  When not executed optimally, the backyard can feel stunted, compartmentalized, and separate.  This post from Houzz presents 7 tips to re-visualize one's backyard with these flowing and uniting principles in mind.

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Landscape Lighting Ideas

From Landscaping Network

Designing an inground swimming pool or outdoor living space is complicated, involving many moving parts.  What most people don't realize is that with all the energy placed into space allocation, traffic patterns, swimming pool placement, plant species, material choices for hardscape, grading, drainage, etc. etc.,;precious little energy is often placed into the nighttime use of the space.  Skilled designers realize that after the sun goes down, the fun really begins.  Properly designed and installed landcape lighting is crucial to enjoy and accentuate a sublime landscape design after dark.  This post from Landscaping Network discusses the finer points of landscape lighting design to ensure that your own backyard paradise doesn't go dark when the sun goes down.

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Outdoor Living with Water Gardens

From Hometalk

Water has too many amazing qualities to list succinctly.  Adding water to any landscape design or outdoor living space can provide the soothing background noise required to soften a space, or can tie disparate elements together naturally.  Flowing, bubbling, or cascading water can be the difference between a cookie cutter landscape design and a sublime melding of outdoor living elements.  This post from Hometalk gives some great examples of how to incorporate a natural water garden to any outdoor space, and shows the spectacular results that can be achieved with proper planning and design.

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5 Impressive Outdoor Kitchens

From The Kitchn

Having an inground pool is indeed the ultimate luxury for Americans, but what happens when your guests are hungry?  Having to run back and forth into the house to prepare lunch or dinner is a chore, and ordering take out or delivery just doesn't feel like outdoor living is supposed to feel like.  An outdoor kitchen is a must for the outdoor living enthusiast, and this post from The Kitchn presents some beautiful outdoor kitchen designs with features that make any outdoor living space the envy of the neighborhood.

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20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair

From Houzz

Summer is here, and with it comes long lazy days lounging by the swimming pool, or sipping a drink in a lounge chair, or grilling outside in the backyard with the family.  Have you ever wanted to change the dynamic of your backyard into more of an entertaining area?  Outdoor living is one of the strongest trends in American households, and properly designing and planning the outdoor living space can make all the difference.  This post from Houzz presents 20 different ideas for outdoor living spaces to facilitate family gatherings, outdoor parties and entertaining, or just plain lounging time alone or with the family.

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15 Absolutely Romantic Outdoor Decorations

From Top Dreamer

As any skilled designer knows, the devil is in the details.  This includes the decorations and settings for outdoor living spaces as well.  How often have you been to a fabulous luxury home only to notice something that seemed out of place, or wasnt adorned properly.  When it comes to the outdoors, placement of furniture, lighting, and other adornments can be the difference from a plain jane backyard and something truly sublime.  This post from Top Dreamer gives you 15 examples of how to decorate your outdoor living space with an eye towards that special romantic interest in your life.  Even if your aim isn't to lure cupid into raising his bow and arrow, the ideas in this post can inspire you to adorn your outdoor living space with just that special finishing touch.

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