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Whether it’s a petite rooftop terrace atop a townhouse or an expansive lawn in the country, an outdoor space is a luxury no matter where you live. Unlike a well-appointed interior, an outdoor room or garden is never truly finished and the results are as dependant on the whims of mother nature as they are by the vision of the designer. But as these seven outdoor spaces from the archives of Architectural Digest prove, getting your hands dirty (or if you’re lacking a green thumb, hiring a talented landscape architect) is worth the final result. See how these alfresco living, dining, and pool areas went from overgrown to outstanding.
The outdoor dining area on the terrace of a New York penthouse apartment.
Architect John Murray, who collaborated on the renovation of the apartment with decorator Elissa Cullman, transformed the terrace into an urban oasis. Murray devised built-in lounge areas beneath retractable awnings, a pergola-topped dining space, and an outdoor kitchen, while landscape architect Edmund Hollander incorporated a profusion of willowy Russian sage and boxwoods in crisp ipe-wood planters.
The pool area of a 1920s oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
Designer David Easton brought the historic property, built by legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, back to life. Hedges and trelliswork blanketed with jasmine border the pool area, giving it the feel of a large outdoor room.
The terrace of a New York townhouse.
Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Shawn Henderson renovated the four-floor Italianate redbrick building in Greenwich Village. Teak furniture by Henry Hall Designs from Walters is arranged on the new limestone terrace, which is equipped with a Viking grill; the garden is by Madison Cox Assoc. and the Organic Gardener.