Isabel López-Quesada crafted this family getaway in the Spanish countryside. 
Photo: Ricardo Labougle

Enchanting Outdoor Spaces That Mix Fresh Air with Incredible Design

An artful terrace, courtyard, or covered porch can transform nature into a plein air room

Having outdoor space to soak up the sunshine and take in the fresh air is critical to anyone’s mental health—especially right now. Galerie has published a slew of incredible homes equipped with outdoor spaces as carefully considered as their interiors—and we’ve rounded up the best below, from a jasmine-scented courtyard in the Spanish countryside to a terrace with a riot of color in the Hamptons.

The poolside terrace of a La Jolla, California, house done by architect William T. Georgis. Photo: Richard Powers

1. The poolside terrace of a midcentury La Jolla house revamped by architect William T. Georgis is abloom with tropical plantings by Elysian Landscapes.

Pamella Roland’s Chicago townhouse. Photo: Richard Powers

2. Kadlec Architecture + Design conceived the partially enclosed living room terrace at fashion designer Pamella Roland’s townhouse in Chicago. There, a wall-mounted piece by Steven Haulenbeek and a Jaume Plensa head sculpture overlook a seating area furnished with a Holly Hunt sofa and cocktail table and a Tribu armchair.

Bernar Venet’s estate in the South of France. Photo: Ricardo Labougle

3. Esteemed artist Bernar Venet’s estate in the South of France is dotted with his arresting steel works, including large-scale pieces from his “Indeterminate Lines” and “Arcs” series.

Madeline Stuart revamped this landmark in La Jolla. Photo: Trevor Tondro

4. Designer Madeline Stuart took cues from a trip to Morocco when breathing new life into this Spanish Revival landmark in La Jolla. Brian Tichenor of Tichenor and Thorp did the landscape design, which features a quartet of palm trees and an octagonal tiled water feature in the entry courtyard.

Clarissa Bronfman’s art-filled Hamptons retreat. Photo: Thomas Loof

5. To create the joyous sunroom terrace at Clarissa Bronfman’s eclectic Hamptons home, designer Amy Lau utilized a multitiered Alvaro Catalán de Ocón lighting fixture and vividly colored Paola Lenti rug.

Wilbert Das crafted this tropical escape for Kristen McMenamy and Ivor Braka. Photo: Richard Powers

6. Wilbert Das designed this Zen Brazilian retreat for Karl Lagerfeld muse Kristen McMenamy and art dealer Ivor Braka. The beachside grounds feature tatajuba-wood chaise longues from Das’s Uxua Casa collection along the border of the swimming pool.

Steve Giannetti and Anna Busta created this desert retreat. Photo: Nikolas Koenig

7. Anna Busta and Steve Giannetti designed this modern desert escape, which features a Norman Mooney sculpture in the reflecting pool created by landscape designer Sammy Castro.

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Isabel López-Quesada crafted this family getaway in the Spanish countryside. Photo: Ricardo Labougle

8. Surrounded by flourishing white jasmine, the courtyard of this magnificent family getaway, designed by Isabel López-Quesada in the Spanish countryside, features vintage chairs clustered around an iron table of her design.

Darren Starr’s Hamptons home. Photo: Richard Powers

9. Sex and the City creator Darren Star teamed up with designer Waldo Fernandez to give his Hamptons home a ravishing reboot. Wisteria climbs the pergola in an outdoor sitting area designed by landscape architect Alec Gunn; the teak outdoor furniture by RH, Restoration Hardware, has cushions covered in a Sunbrella fabric.

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