Imagine Lush Landscapes

The livin’ is easy in these outdoor oases.

Think of an outdoor room as a limitless space, without defined walls or ceilings that inhibit our imagination. It’s a place both close to home and near to our hearts, where we can step outside on soft green grass beneath a canopy of shimmering stars—or create an alfresco infrastructure of pergolas, terraces and decks.

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We take our lead from Mother Nature, endowing our open-air spaces with waterfalls, lush greenery and extravagant blooms. We teach the kids how to plant veggies and herbs, growing their own tomato and basil salads.

So why do we love the outdoors so much?

Perhaps because it is conducive to activities that aren’t a good fit inside most homes: exulting in a cool swim; luxuriating in the warmth of a fire pit; indulging in the scent of roses and honeysuckle; enjoying a good cigar.

Here are some lovely outdoor spaces we hope will inspire you, from the inner city, to the suburbs, to the beach. Come outside with us. It’s a beautiful day.

Photographs by John Lewis

A Wilmington garden by homeowner Joe Seward.

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A retreat by Danilo Maffei of Kennett Square.

Upscale drinks in Westover Hills by Timeless Design of Landenberg. 

A pavilion by Hugh Lofting Timber Framing of Kennett Square.

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