Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting turns dull patios into warm, welcoming spaces. This section tracks the latest trends in outdoor lighting decor and looks ahead to what's new and exciting.

Hammerton sconce.
Hammerton’s Maison sconce is dark-sky approved, juxtaposing contemporary lines with the rugged look of hand-hewn stone in a blown glass lens.

When Brighter Isn’t Better

Dark-sky compliant lighting has gained vast traction within the last decade. As people experience the health, safety and efficiency implications of light pollution, conservation programs are…
The Lighting Doctor, Landscape Lighting
Randall Whitehead discusses how exterior lighting can elevate a space.

Lighting Up a Garden of Earthly Delights

I think that with all of this sheltering-in-place is making us re-access our outdoor spaces, at least those of us have a little patch of green. Consider adding some exterior lighting, it has a lot of…
outdoor lighting
Photo: Randall Whitehead

Using Outdoor Lighting to Enhance Garden Designs

As we continue to sit stewing in our homes for the safety of ourselves and others, we look for activities that will give some meaning to this very strange time. I’ve divided people into groups. There…
Laurence Carr Summer Outdoor Style
Laurence Carr shares her tips for spectacular summer outdoor style.

Styling Outdoor Spaces for Summer

Summertime is best spent outdoors, drinking in fresh air, soaking up vitamin D through the sun’s nourishing rays, dining al fresco, and… well, I would say socializing, but this summer it’s better to…
Outdoor kitchen and dining space with fireplace designed by Tres Jolie Maison
Designers Sue-Jolie Rioux and Timothy Boylan of Tres Jolie Maison design outdoor living spaces like this Florida outdoor kitchen to be an extension of in the indoors.

In the Outdoor Kitchen with Tres Jolie Maison

Part of the outdoor living trend, al fresco kitchens are having their moment in the sun — or shade as the case may be. As more consumers choose to stay home and entertain rather than go out on the…
Henck Design
Henck Design's outdoor space on Ave of the Arts in Philadlphia.

How Interior Designers Can Put Their Talents to Use Outdoors

Are you connecting your design clients with the top quality in outdoor living?      It’s easy to focus inside of our client’s homes, and it’s relatively frequent that designers forget to upsell…

Throw Open the Doors

As outdoor living continues to enjoy wild popularity among homeowners — from lush container gardens on a loft patio to expansive decks with vistas across swimming pools to outdoor kitchens for…
Outdoor space with table and stools
Photo: Zuo Modern

How to Elevate Outdoor Designs

Interior designers who attended the Outdoor Design Conference yesterday at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago walked away from the event with great tips for making outdoor spaces shine for…

Hanging Out

Reflecting a growing interest in designing outdoor living spaces, these pendants suited for outdoor use bring a range of styles, from farmhouse to nautical.   With a solid brass body and Antique…
Outdoor Design Conference logo
Photo: Design Center at Merchandise Mart

Outdoor Design Conference Coming to Chicago in March

In recent years, the line between indoor and outdoor living has blurred. It used to be that these two areas never crossed paths, and they rarely shared the same design styles. Interiors mattered most…