Splendor in the Grass: Four Outdoor-Space Trends

California landscape designer Pamela Berstler shares four trends for innovative outdoor spaces.

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Poolside Outdoor RoomHide CaptionShow CaptionThe swimming pool reflects the beautiful blue sky and the recessed lighting of the outdoor room with cream colored furniture and walls which complement the patio stones.
Low-voltage lighting systems enable the use of the outdoor space during the times most people have available for the outdoors--weeknights when they come home from work and during weekend evenings with friends and family. Low-voltage systems can light an entire garden space with as little energy as that required to illuminate a kitchen with a few can lights. Now there are even table lamps and chandeliers available for outdoor use.