Let the South's most gorgeous outdoor rooms inspire you to create your own cozy retreat for fall.
As the air turns crisp, take it outside for a setting that is sure to wow. Fall's Best Outdoor Rooms features a roundup of
decorating and entertaining ideas that will be the hit of the season.
A rustic barn makes the perfect dining room for a fall meal. Here, feed sacks topped with an indigo linen runner and a mix of blue-and-white china establish the table's vintage, rustic feel and complement the rich russet hues of the barn, fall leaves, and piles of fresh apples.
This springhouse at Moore Farms in South Carolina is a beautiful spot to gaze through the large wattle-woven doors and take in the picturesque fall color surrounding the pond. Casually placed pumpkins give a subtle, seasonal touch.
A wood-burning fireplace is the center of attention in this porch, and dozing, reading, and chatting are the orders of the day. An indoor-outdoor rug softens and defines the gathering space. The seating arrangement includes a upholstered swing that the homeowner had custom made based on an antique bench she saw at a Paris flea market.
An outdoor fireplace makes it comfortable to sit outside on cool fall evenings. Touches of the season around the mantle and the hearth feature arrangements of pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves.
Short on space doesn’t mean short on use. This area is barely 25 feet deep and 50 feet wide, but it includes a place to have
a drink and watch the game, a location to dine, and a spot to relax by the fire.
The brick in this courtyard came from old buildings that were torn down. The biggest issue with antique brick is there are
several different sizes and it tends to get mixed up. So these homeowners set the brick in sand, rather than concrete, to
give a relaxed and aged look. Plus, the sand helped level odd-size bricks.
Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, this exterior fireplace is covered with stucco as well. This touch not only
distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls, but it also makes a focal point. The hearth is raised for additional seating.
Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, it provided a nook for firewood.
Measuring 20 feet square, this pavilion provides shade during the summer and a warming fireplace when the air turns cool.
Kitchen conveniences run along a sidewall. Set back beneath a lean-to roof are a bath and areas for prep and storage.
This outdoor dining area is situated near the fireplace so guests can enjoy its warmth on cool fall nights.
Building a freestanding outdoor fireplace creates an instant cozy gathering place for fall. Decorate the mantle with a row of tea lights for extra sparkle when the sun goes down.
This seating area and fireplace blend seamlessly with the garage behind it. The vaulted pitch of the arbor mimics the lines of the garage roof and makes the garage more background than feature. The brick chimney helps to draw the eye up, creating height and keeping the attention on the fireplace, which features a mix of fieldstone and brick for added interest. The entire seating area is elevated, improving views of the pool and surrounding property.
Lighting is key to entertaining in a large outdoor space. Strands of light strung overhead create a nice glow for stand-and-snack gatherings. Comfortable outdoor sofas, a blazing fireplace, and a convenient bar set the scene for the most popular fall party spot.
For year-round lounging, there’s an enclosed sitting area that boasts candle chandeliers and a fireplace. Filling the fireplace with candles instead of firewood gives this small seating area a very romantic feel.
The large fireplace and hearth in this retreat can serve as an outdoor oven for cooking over an open fire.
Besides several seating areas, this courtyard offers a fully functional outdoor kitchen with a gas grill, mini-fridge, and ice-maker. On axis with the pool and stone wall is a fireplace. Tucked beneath a second-floor balcony that overlooks the courtyard, chairs snuggle near the fire with a bit of overhead protection to increase seasonal versatility.
Stylish, weather-resistant pieces make this dining porch an easy way to take the party outside. The white finish of the long
trestle table maintains a minimal look. The hanging lantern adds a touch of elegance.
This dining courtyard is adjacent to the interior dining room and features a wood-burning fireplace to warm up outside dinner
parties, especially in cool fall months.
A stone fireplace creates the perfect area for fall gatherings in this backyard. A cluster of pumpkins and mums warms up the sitting wall.
Randomly placed stepping-stones crafted from local granite lead to the front porch’s wide steps. Hand-hewn posts and railings, along with graceful brackets, are crafted from regionally harvested locustwood to further enhance this cottage’s connection to the land. Local fieldstone clads the porch walls.
An entry arbor at Christ Church on St. Simons Island inspired the design of this pool house. It makes for a cozy gathering place for cool fall evenings.
Humble materials can pull off a high-end look. This backyard transformation began by installing a 10-foot-wide by 30-foot-long
iron pergola. Then, wisteria was planted, which in time turned into a leafy canopy overhead. To anchor the space, an outdoor
fireplace was constructed from cinder blocks lined with fireproof brick and covered in stucco. And all the furniture and accessories
that decorate the space were chosen to withstand the elements but age gracefully, resulting in an inviting spot for alfresco
A Sunbrella-covered sectional and ottoman, plus a nearby dining table that seats eight, make this covered porch ideal for
outdoor entertaining. The high coffee table is also perfect for al fresco dining.