Indoor/Outdoor Spaces

Indoor/outdoor patio with stepping stones across a lush lawn

Few things speak to the California lifestyle like being outdoors.  Even in the winter season, we can enjoy a balmy day or a cozy outdoor fireside retreat.  Increasingly, the indoor/outdoor living space is becoming part of almost every landscape we create.  These transitional spaces give all the feeling of the outdoors, with all the comforts of the indoors.  Take a look at some of our favorite styles for these unique spaces.

Outdoor Living Rooms

Outdoor living room with wicker furniture on bluestone patio

Most of us have been told at one point or another to “Get off the couch and go get some fresh air.”  So, we ask, is the new outdoor living room the perfect way to cheat?  When it comes to the important task of resting, we think there is no better place than outside.  Here, a portable heater and canopy create a sheltered and cozy spot that still gets morning sun.  A space like this can bring great style to your patio, and create an outdoor room that is hard to pass up (and even harder to leave.)

Cabanas and Pool Houses

Cabana with nana wall systems accordion glass doors

A classic example of an indoor/outdoor space, the pool house has been in style since, well, backyard pools became a thing.  It’s great to have a spot to take a break from swimming, or a place where the kids can snack and sit around in their bathing suits not on the living room furniture.  The coolest new addition to pool houses (and indoor/outdoor spaces of all kinds) is the accordion door, visible in the image above flanking the doorposts of the airy room, and in the image below, from the inside.  The coolest part?  They close all the way.  So whether it’s airy shade structure you want, a cozy sunroom, or den on a rainy day, you can have it all!  These doors, by Nanawall systems, have become a staple in our designs.  They also make windows.  We are big fans.

Cabana interior with wicker lounge, ornamental carpet and open nana wall systems accordion glass doors

Indoor/Outdoor Dining Spaces

Indoor outdoor dining patio with shade structure, set with rustic tabletop decor

Set right off of both the indoor kitchen and the grill island, this dining space definitely offers the best of both worlds, as well as a stellar view.  Transitional spaces like this one make for a seamless flow between house and landscape.  The choices of stone and wood perfectly match those inside, and the light fixtures are also repeated in the house for a real sense of unity.  Has anyone noticed all this cool wicker furniture?  Wicker is back in style these days and it has honestly never looked better.  It’s nice, too, to be able to move your ultra-light indoor/outdoor furniture as the seasons change, and of course to change out your throw pillows.  There’s no such thing as too many throw pillows.

The Indoor/Outdoor Entry

Used brick paves entryway and continues into the foyer of a Farmhouse style home

It’s no secret that we love the Transitional Farmhouse aesthetic.  Few looks lend themselves so easily to dressing up or down, and the hand-crafted quality is just so fun to bring to life.  Here, used brick creates an entry that continues through those great elegant doors into the foyer, making a statement that is perfectly casual and yet perfectly classy!  We imagine that our designed spaces are dreaming, just like we are, of when we can gather again.  They are intimate and personal, yet made to be shared.  Thanks for letting us share with you!

If you just realized that you need an indoor/outdoor space in your life, we would love to help you design your dream!  Contact J.Montgomery Designs for a virtual consultation.

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