Ideas for Outdoor Living

Design your dream patio or porch, check out your favorite pools, or steal an idea for dress up your outdoor space.

8 Cool Pools

Oceanside pools aren’t just for posh resorts. Find a style you’d love coming home to―whether it’s a luxurious infinity version or a petite lap pool that opens right up to your family room―and take the plunge.

Infinity pool built up with stacked tiers from the beach offers spectacular views of the coast line from its waters.
Photographer: Shelley Metcalf

Clear View

Why We Love It: A wavy shape nods to the nearby surf, and the infinity edge gives waders a seamless view out to sea―you can’t get much closer to beachfront than this!

Before You Dive In: Consider an irregular shape with curves that evoke the ocean’s edge. Proper siting and choice of materials connects your oasis to its surroundings and ensures you’ll love it for years to come. Mimic the shore with watery blue tiles and stones in sandy hues.

More Ways To Get Coastal Living

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100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.