HGTV's Top 10 Outdoor Rooms
In Venice, Calif., this living and dining area opens up on three sides: to the lap pool on the west with sliding glass doors; to the north courtyard with pocketing glass doors and to the south garden and guest house through pivoting metal doors.
Architect Steven Ehrlich is a master of composition and scale, creating a very loft-like, industrial feel that remains organic and natural. The walnut furniture and built-in cabinetry, including the Tansu stair and the living room couch, was designed and crafted by David Albert.
Wide Open Spaces
Everything about the way this space is designed leads the eye out the door into the amazing mountain and valley views that surround the property.
Architects Frederick Fisher and Partners have designed multiple galleries and museums, as well as this award-winning Santa Ynez, Calif., masterpiece. The indoor ceiling rises up to meet the mountains beyond, opening up the view and exaggerating the height. Sliding glass walls erase the boundary between the outdoors and indoors, while always pulling in a lot of natural light.
Light and Airy
In, Montauk, N.Y., the ultimate indoor/outdoor contemporary farmhouse retreat features 40-foot-long sliding glass walls to make for a simple transition from indoors to out.
Seated in the living room, one can face the deck and lake, outdoors or the fireplace inside the room. Barnlike shapes with exposed trusses form the living area, and the soft white and wood color palette creates a relaxing environment.
Architect Scott Joyce designs a chic Hollywood Hills home with an entire rear facade consisting of glass walls that accordion open to create seamless outdoor/indoor living room.
The 1,200-square-feet outdoor living space is inspired by neighboring hotels, like the Mondrian. With an infinity pool that drops off into the cityscape, the space floats above Los Angeles, which is a unique and rare experience for a hillside house. The color scheme of the oversized chocolate brown woven furnishings, cool blue water and fresh green grass outside are all mirrored inside with a fresh palette that bridges the transition between inside and out.
Sleek and Minimal
A unique Palm Springs home features a white living room designed by Luis Ortega. The interior contains a mix of contemporary materials and natural elements, playing homage to American modernism.
With a natural palette that echoes the bright, sun-soaked colors of the California desert and a climate that's comfortable year-round, the transition between this indoor/outdoor space is virtually imperceptible. Light wood ceilings add warmth to the space, while the all-white walls allow the furniture to take center stage.
Modern Tree House
Architect Max Strang designs an outdoor living room with a panoramic 360-degree view. Featuring "ipe" wood floors, an amazing ceiling of rusted industrial steel and furnishings from Bali, the space feels like a high-style tree house.
Located in Miami, Fla., this rooftop outdoor living room combines traditional Balinese furnishings, like banana leaf chairs, with the modern, clean lines of the ceiling. Surrounded by tropical bamboo, palms, mangoes, figs and avocado trees, the space is the perfect rain forest getaway.
This Malibu great room with its eye-catching smooth stucco fireplace has a wall of bi-fold doors, which open to make the indoor and outdoor spaces feel like one. The glass-tiled pool is surrounded by a teak deck featuring a concrete BBQ and Viking appliances.
Designer Nicole Sassaman creates a Malibu estate great room that opens up to a pool and outdoor kitchen. The eight-foot-long fireplace is a long linear element that leads the eye outside to the incredible barbeque and kitchen area.
In Newport Beach, designer Mark Cutler creates a room that was designed to make the most of its waterfront location and enjoy a cottage-like feeling with a European flair.
Cutler maintains the formal interior quality, but brings in a lot of landscape and natural motifs in the fabrics. The mostly black and white color palette is accented with hints of red, but the real color comes from the ocean view seen through a wall of windows on one side of the living room.
Architect David Hertz designs an amazing glass-walled beachfront home in Venice, Calif., with an incredible roll-down window that opens the living room completely up to the outdoors.
The 15-foot-wide front window allows for extraordinary views, making you feel outside whether you're in or out. A custom fireplace designed by Hertz is made from industrial aluminum scraps and a gas line hidden in the floor, while an Eero Aarnio bubble chair rounds out the view.
Stately Rustic Style
Designer Mark Cutler creates a loggia at a Beverly Hills estate featuring an outdoor living and dining area in yellows and greens inspired by a Tuscan villa.
To capture the feeling of Italian design, Cutler combines a formal antique dining table and chairs with comfy slipcovered sofas and wingback chairs. The materials used create a cohesive weathered palette, which makes the space feel like a 15th-century castle with stone floors and weathered walls. Elegant chandeliers, curtains and architectural archways complete the look.