Outdoor Rooms to Warm the Heart

These beautiful backyard spaces reflect the ambiance of Key West and New Orleans.

Before: Samelia and her son, Atlin, have a yard with issues, including a dysfunctional hot tub in the middle of an undefined space and overgrown shrubs and trees.

After: Landscape designer Jamie Durie has created a beautiful new outdoor room, inspired by a trip to New Orleans. The now functional hot tub becomes a daybed in the daytime. In the place of old, overgrown plants are flowering trees and shrubs sized for the yard. Used doors bought from a non-profit agency in New Orleans, form an artistic backdrop. Beyond the patio is plenty of play space for Samelia's son.

Before: Lauren and James bought their starter home with the help of Lauren's father, Fritz. Now they want to return the favor by turning their backyard dustbowl into a tropical paradise where Dad can come visit, garden and hang out.

After: Landscape designer Jamie Durie has created a tropical retreat that includes two outdoor rooms, a lounge area and a dining room. Creating a Key-West theme, Durie uses whitewashed timbers, bright hues of aqua and mirrors (to create the illusion of space). Pastel-colored storm-guard shutters, a sunken eco-firepit and tropical palms complete the island vibe.

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