Browsing the most popular deck, balcony and porch photos from the last quarter had me asking one question: Is there anything that we do inside that we don’t do outside these days? With the advances in weather-resistant fabrics, the versatile lighting options available and the wide variety of outdoor furnishings on the market, indoor-outdoor living has never been more seamless. Here are some of Houzzers’ favorite home activities outside, based on the most popular deck, balcony and porch photos added to Houzz from April through June this year.
Relaxing. The most popular new deck on Houzz offers multiple ways to relax, including gazing out over the lush landscape, taking a hot soak or swinging in a hammock. Beautiful wood plays off the landscape while steel cable railings keep the view open.
Bathing. If you’ve ever visited the Caribbean, you’re probably familiar with the idea of showering on a balcony. But a soak in a balcony bathtub may be new to you — and based on the popularity of this photo, it’s an idea that a lot of us find intriguing.
Entertaining. A full-service bar, built-in L-shaped sofa, colorful Acapulco chairs and a roaring fire pit make this the ultimate gathering space for family and friends. The table-lamp-like lighting and plethora of throw pillows add indoor comfort and style.
Swinging. I think it’s safe to say that most of us can imagine ourselves curled up for a nap on this swinging daybed. It’s a cushier, comfier take on the beloved classic porch swing.
Caffeinating. A small cafe set is always a good solution for squeezing furniture into a tiny outdoor space. It’s a perfect place to perk up with morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Canoodling. This round lounger on a balcony in India is the perfect place to cuddle up with someone you love. There’s a play on suspension throughout the design of this stunning apartment.
Sleeping. The ropes on the daybeds on this Amelia Island, Florida, sleeping porch play with the porch swing look. But the beds are stationary and comfortable for bedding down with a breeze.
Visiting. The designer set up this screened-in porch for easy conversation. A varied and layered textural palette that includes bamboo, wicker, jute, zebra prints, rope and birch makes it all the more inviting.
Dining. This charming cottage in Sonoma, California, is all about shaking off city stress and enjoying the weekend. Wisteria and farmhouse style feature on the breezeway, a wonderful place to let a local bottle of wine breathe before an alfresco meal.