Thursday, May 26, 2011

outdoor living spaces: kips bay and elle décor modern life concept show houses

The out­door spaces at both Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor Show House and the Elle Décor Mod­ern Life Con­cept House were sur­pris­ingly fun despite the non-stop rain last week. At Kips Bay, the court­yard yoga area from Greener by Design was a rest­ful retreat.

kips bay courtyard from greener by design

kips bay court­yard from greener by design

The ver­ti­cal walls of let­tuce are delight­ful and delicious!

kips bay courtyard from greener by design

kips bay court­yard from greener by design

This drift­wood sculp­ture is eye-catching.

kips bay courtyard from greener by design

kips bay court­yard from greener by design

The upper ter­race at Kips Bay, by Robert Stilin and Gunn Land­scape Archi­tec­ture LLC was a haven, even in the rain. I espe­cially love the sheep — so amusing!

kips bay patio by robert stilin

kips bay patio by robert stilin

sheep are so amusing! The ter­race areas at the Elle Décor Mod­ern Life Con­cept House were packed with designs for the out­door mod­ernist. The space divider is dra­matic and def­i­nitely dis­cour­ages pigeons from land­ing on it! Design by Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey.

Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House terrace by Nickey/Kehoe

Elle Décor Mod­ern Life Con­cept House ter­race by Nickey/Kehoe

There was a lot of buzz about the teak wing chair from Restora­tion Hard­ware. Clas­sic style, mod­ern interpretation.

teak wing chair from restoration hardware

teak wing chair from restora­tion hardware

Pops of bright color help to off­set a gloomy day:

terrace by nickey/kehoe

ter­race by nickey/kehoe

I think one mea­sure of the suc­cess of an out­door liv­ing space is how well it works in all kinds of weather. There spaces def­i­nitely deliv­ered high style and visual inter­est under cloudy skies. I imag­ine they shine even brighter in the sun!

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