Outdoor Oasis: Fairy-Tale Backyard Designed for Entertaining

This Tudor home's charm carries over into its fairy-tale-like backyard. Designed for entertaining, the yard features three distinct zones, including a dining area, a sitting area and seating surrounding a fire pit. Bistro lights add to the ambiance while providing extra lighting.

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Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Photo By: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Fire Pit Boasts Views of Entire Backyard

The best part of this fire pit? From here, you can see across the entire yard, which practically shines at night.

Intimate Sitting Area Surrounded by Flowers

Following a brick path from the dining area leads visitors to the next "room," an intimate sitting area with three chairs. An outdoor rug softens the patio below, while an umbrella promises to keep the space cool.

Charming Tudor Home With Fairytale Garden

Inspired by the stately nature of her client's Tudor home, landscape architect Catherine Smith created an outdoor space that was equally charming, with three distinct zones for entertaining. Flowers and bistro lights enhance the yard's fairytale-like atmosphere.

Sitting Area Infused With Warm Hues

To create a sense of cohesion from one "room" to the next, Catherine Smith decorated each space using the same neutral palette. Thus, coffee-colored cushions pair with a wood table and chairs to make this outdoor sitting area look warm and stylish.

Neutral Sofa Boasts Pink Pillows

Patterned pillows not only add visual interest to the neutral sofa, but also make for a fun pop of color. A contemporary rug further enhances the space's style.

Candles Cast Soft Glow on Table

Votive candles on the table and bistro lights overhead echo those in the dining area. In turn, these two distinct spaces feel even more united.

Cozy Corner With Fire Pit

As the evening winds down and the stars come out, a corner fire pit becomes the perfect spot to snuggle up. Here, six wooden chairs circle round to keep everyone warm.

Brick Path Allows for Evening Stroll

After dinner, guests can follow the brick path to an adjacent sitting area. Along the way, they'll enjoy views of fresh flowers and lovely greenery.

Enchanting Trellis Provides Passage

A wood trellis with flowers on either side functions a lot like a door, providing passage from the dining area to the next "room."

Dining Space Defined By Symmetry

For a touch of symmetry, landscape architect Catherine Smith outlined this dining space with twin trellises. Meanwhile, a brick path below encourages guests to move into the sitting area.

Garden Decorated With Flowers

A wood trellis might be romantic, but landscape architect Catherine Smith knew this backyard would be even prettier with tons flowers. Here, ceramic planters showcase pink and white blossoms.

Dinner and Dancing Beneath the Lights

With a long table and six chairs for guests, this outdoor space can be used for family-style dinners or more formal events. Something tells us that brick patio can double as a dance floor, too.

Dining Space Features Tuscan Fountain

Summer soirees become so much sweeter when they're set against a backdrop of Tuscan fountains and flowers. A wall of greenery encloses the dining space for extra privacy.

Bistro Lights Connect Dining Space, Sitting Area

At night, as those bistro lights span across the yard, they essentially create a visual flow from the dining space to the sitting area.

Cushioned Armchairs Make Comfy Seating

Wicker armchairs not only complement the wood trellis ahead, but also easily withstand the elements. Meanwhile, their cushioned seats are sure to keep guests comfortable.

Brick Path Provides Easy Route to Backyard

A second brick path wraps along the side of the house, ensuring that any late arrivals can join the rest of the party out back.

Picture-Perfect Reading Nook

Just around the corner from the dining area, two wicker armchairs give the owners another spot to read or relax. With flowers all around and the warm glow of lights in the distance, the space is truly enchanting.

Effortless Transitions Across Garden

One of the garden's greatest strengths is its intuitive layout: guests enter off the kitchen, arrive at an outdoor dining table, then shift to a nearby sitting area for drinks before they end the night by the fire pit.

Candles, Flowers Add Romantic Touch

Once the sun goes down, this dining space comes to life with bistro lights and candles. A soft white runner spans the length of the table, with potted flowers on top for an additional romantic touch.

Tudor Home Opens Right to Back Patio

Immediately off the kitchen, a paneled door opens right onto the back patio. Here, three wooden benches and a coffee table create a casual spot to chat while waiting for dinner.

Plants, Flowers Form Natural Boundaries

Plants and flowers not only enhance the garden's natural beauty, but also become walls between rooms. In turn, each space feels nice and secluded.

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