5 Chic Outdoor Spaces + How to Steal the Look

The weather is (slowly) warming up and we’re getting excited about lounging around outdoors. For inspiration, we asked readers to submit their coolest backyard pics. Check out five fab spaces–and learn how to recreate a similar space of your own!

outdoor cabana

Photo: Deborah Jaffe

Talk about a pimped-out patio! This brick backyard is totally dressed up with a fireplace, chandelier and chic wrought-iron chairs.

Get the Look: Don’t throw in the towel just ’cause you don’t have a wood-burning fire in your yard. Improvise! Start with a fire pit and toss some mod, graphic pillows around it.

outdoor patio

Photo: David Land

Adorn a lush nook with a bistro set and spend summer evenings dining alfresco.

Get the Look: Line the path to your eating area with shrubs for a bit more privacy.

outdoor patio

Photo: David Land

C’mon, who can resist hangin’ on a porch: the ultimate perch for the nosiest neighbors?

Get the Look: The only prerequisite is a comfy bench. Don’t neglect the traffic zone; soften it up with greenery on both sides.

outdoor patio

Photo: David Land

Create your own sweet-smelling sitting area. Sound complicated? Nah. This spot has basil, thyme and rosemary growin’.

Get the Look: Pull up a trio of seats and surround your spot with your favorite herbs.

outdoor patio space

Photo: David Land

Raised planters are a cool fence accessory. Fill ’em with peppers or mint, or plant some seeds ’cause they’ll sprout in no time!

Get the Look: No need to get down in the dirt (literally) to reap a garden’s rewards.

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