Secluded settings, twinkling lights and lush plantings set these inviting seating areas apart from the rest.
Take a look at these 10 intimate outdoor seating nooks in places ranging from a New York rooftop to the French countryside. Tell us, which one would you most want to retreat to?
Nestled in the heart of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, this lush rooftop garden by Brook Landscape feels like an escape from the city below. Layers of potted plants — including lush evergreens, soft ornamental grasses and nodding hydrangea blooms — surround an intimate seating area. The vintage metal lantern sitting on the cafe table could be filled with candles in the evening to create an even more romantic setting.
The scale of this seating area feels just right for this compact London backyard by Really Nice Gardens: large enough to host a few friends for a drink but perfectly cozy for just one or two.
Tall fencing and a strategically placed screen of pleached trees (their branches are tied together) along the back of the garden help make the space feel private, even with neighbors close by. Cottage-garden-style plantings bring a touch of countryside romance to city living.
Small patios outside bedrooms or guesthouses can be perfect spots to create private seating areas within larger gardens. In this San Francisco Bay Area garden designed by Garden Nest Residential Landscape, a pair of Adirondack chairs topped with soft cushions invites a couple or two friends to sit back, relax and enjoy views of the garden and the scent of lavender wafting from the nearby beds.
In northern climates, sunrooms allow winter-weary residents to jump-start their indoor-outdoor living even it it’s still chilly outside. In this glass sunroom in Svedala, southwest Sweden, high-back chairs and a bench seat piled with pillows invite one to cozy up and enjoy the views of potted geraniums and a tangle of grapevines.