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Plants in shades of green and white are selected for their scent, which on a warm summer evening wafts through the open windows, filling the house with perfume.

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Decorating

Inspired by the traditional courtyards of Europe, this look is elegant and tailored and possesses old-world charm and romantic details. Think formal clipped hedges, ornate fountains, wrought-iron garden benches and stone pathways.

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1. This sheltered outdoor living area at the Wanaka house features low sofas grouped around a large, wood-burning fireplace. The fully glazed gable ends on the main living pavilion allow a view through the house to the lake beyond.

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California Eclectic Gets a Traditional Twist

Always wanted a proper outdoor fireplace. This is a simple, elegant design although I think I would opt to lift the firebox so that you could have a hearth to sit on!

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How To Make Your Porch Inviting

12,946 Porch Design Photos including this patio addition to an existing traditional home. Use of stone for patio, benches and columns. Stained tongue & groove pine ceiling. Heavy timber beams. Lisa Piper Photography

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