Today’s post follows Loggia Living: My Top Three Picks. For the leading photo I’ve re-posted a loggia decorated by the late Antony Childs simply because it’s irresistibly chic. The other two loggias on my top three list – one designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber and another by Michael S. Smith – clearly conjures a common thread: I prefer understated elegance and classic style. That said, I wholeheartedly appreciate and embrace all variety of styles and periods, from Moroccan to contemporary, and everything in between. Wherever your locale, appropriateness with regard to time and place, along with great style and comfort, are guiding principles that never fail to please. Following the rules, then breaking them, if just a bit, is what great design is all about – a principal you will see come to life in many of the outdoor rooms featured in today’s post. When design is great, it’s transporting and, often times, transformational. Here is a partial list of some my favorite outdoor rooms. Viva la loggias and verandas!
Another loggia by the late great Antony Childs includes the designer’s furniture designs for Niermann Weeks. Photo by William Waldron for HG.
A formal flan and classic lines inform the terrace of Suzanne Kasler’s Regency-style home in Atlanta. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
Jeffersonian proportions and classical elegance inform the veranda Andrew Law designed for the D.C. Design House. Photo by Gordon Beall for Traditional Home.
A cozy corner in John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross’s Georgian Revival home in Somerset County, New Jersey. Photo by Simon Upton.
Antiques dealer Richard Shapiro created a classically-inspired pleasure pavilion for his garden at his Los Angeles home. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Elle Decor.
The portico of David Hick’s Villa Verde in Portugal. Photo by Alexander von der Schulenburg for House & Garden.
Michael S. Smith furnished a Tuscan-style loggia in Montecito designed by architect Don Nulty with woven rope outdoor furniture. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
For the upper veranda of a Tuscan-style villa in Santa Ynez, California, Michael S. Smith arranged a collection of black painted Victorian wicker furniture over jute rugs. Photo by François Halard’ for Elle Decor.
For a Palladian-style villa in the desert Atelier AM conjured understated luxury. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
The loggia of Richard Shapiro’s Italian-inspired Malibu retreat is the epitome of unstudied coastal chic. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
Richard Hallberg infused the loggia of this dessert home with Spanish and Moroccan design that is at once exotic and modern. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda.
Liz Landau decided upon a neutral palette over the traditional vibrant style more commonly used in Moroccan interiors for the loggia in her villa, Manzah al Jamil. Custom furniture made in Bali for the villa has a decidedly British Colonial air. Photo by Paul Costello for Town & Country.
For the loggia of a Mediterranean-style house in Los Angeles Madeline Stuart created a Moroccan-inspired outdoor living room with British Colonial elan. Photo by Dominique Vorillon.
Michael S. Smith created a colorful and luxurious outdoor room for living for a Spanish Colonial revival-style home in southern California designed by architects Ferguson & Shamamian.
Marie-Paule Pellé enhanced the veranda of a home in Lamu, Kenya, with a Goanese chair and pillows from India and Pakistan; North African trays are set on Moroccan stools, and antique Vietnamese weavings provide shade. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
The rooftop terrace of Bruno Frisoni and Hervé Van Der Straeten’s villa in Tangiers. Photo by François Halard.
The terrace of Hermès desginer Leila Menchari’s villa, Dar Henson, in Hammamet, Tunisia. Photo by Guillaume de Laubier for House & Garden.
Phillip Hooper of Colefax & Fowler designed a Moroccan-inspired getaway in the Caribbean for a young English family. Photo by William Waldron.
The palazzi of Venice inspired the architecture of a new home in Palm Beach that Bunny Williams decorated for Liz Mezzacappa. Photo by Mathhew Hranek for Town & Country.
Michelle Nussbaumer enlivened a loggia with shots of inky blue. Photo by Peter Vitale.
Designer Celerie Kemble and her client, Margaretta Taylor, collaborated on the design of the owner’s Palm Beach loggia which mixes vintage rattan and custom upholstery. Photo by Jonathan Becker for House & Garden.
A veranda with exotic flair designed by Tom Scheerer for a house in Florida features sponge painted walls and floors paved with Papal tile. Photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor.
Decorator Michael Gainey channeled Angelo Donghia for his Key West home that was once owned by Donghia and Calvin Klein. Photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor.
Tom Scheerer created a laid-back conversation area in the corner of this veranda in Windsor, Florida. Photo via Tom Scheerer.
Emma Bright of Colefax & Fowler grouped wicker furniture on a plantation-style veranda in Mustique. Photo by Luke White for Architectural Digest.
For the veranda of his own vacation home in the Bahamas decorator Tom Scheerer accented custom-made banquettes with Indonesian sarongs alonside custom teak tables of his own design. Photo by William Waldron.
Angelo Donghia created a quietly luxurious environment for the Ralph Lauren’s Jamaican villa. Photo by Edgar de Evia for House & Garden.
The coral stone enveloped veranda at Oscar de la Renta’s Palladian-style villa in Punta Cana. Photo by Michel Arnaud for British House & Garden.
The veranda of Celerie Kemble’s bungalow in the Dominican Republic. Photo by François Halard for Vogue.
Decorator Bunny Williams’s veranda at her home in the Dominican Republic. From www.bunnywilliams.com
Grant White created an outdoor room for living with British Colonial elan on the upper veranda of home in Mustique. Photo by Tim Beddow for Architectural Digest.
Nicky Haslam added treillage and a banquette covered in ticking to an open-air pavilion in Barbados. Photo by Michael Mundy for HG.
Allesandra Branca blends vernacular elements, chinoiserie details, and strategic splashes of vibrant color at her sophisticated retreat. Photo by William Waldron.
Mario Buatta extended the color blue from the flowering garden onto the furnishings of a veranda he designed for Hilary and Wilbur Ross’s bucolic setting in the Hampton’s. Photo by Scott Frances.
Miles Redd updated the veranda of an all-American Connecticut home with a suite of freshly painted antique wicker furniture floating on an expanse of immaculate painted floors. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
The recessed terrace at designer David Easton’s one-time country house, Balderbrae, in Rockland County, New York, epitomizes Anglo-American country-house-style. From Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton.
Tom Scheerer and Jeffrey Bilhuber collaborated on the design of a Decorator Showhouse veranda in the early 90’s marrying rustic and contemporary design for a traditional country house. Photo by Kari Haavisto.
The casual chic veranda of Steven Gambrel’s Sag Harbor home. Photo by Eric Piasecki for Steven Gambrel Time & Place.
Steven Gambrel arranged furniture of his own design covered in bright lime green on the terrace of his first Sag Harbor retreat. Photo by William Waldron.
A veranda decorated by Jeffrey Bilhuber is classic, chic and entirely American by design. From his book, The Way Home.
A wall of lush green is the focal point of Laura and Harry Slatkin’s quietly elegant tented veranda in Palm Beach. Photo by Oberto Gili.
Michael Taylor created an upper level veranda to take in views over the vineyards of television producer Douglas Cramer’s Santa Ynez property. Photo by Jaime Ardilles-Arce for Architectural Digest.
Ginny Magher’s Provence farmhouse. Image originally appeared in the September 2007 issue of Veranda.
The expansive loggia of a Spanish revival home designed by Scott Snyder is warm and gracious. Photo by Josh Klein.
Michael S. Smith enlivened vintage wicker furniture with periwinkel cushions on the veranda a Portuguese-style quinta in Montecio, California. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
On the outdoor patio of designer Anne-Marie Midy’s Mexican hacienda, traditional hacienda furniture is lightened with cream cushions. Photo by François Halard.
Ray Booth designed this loggia in a Mexican colonial-style residence in San Miguel Allende with casual chic flair. Photo by William Waldron.
Designer Terry Hunziker outfitted the main terrace of a home in San José del Cabo, Mexico, with Sutherland furniture of his own design. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
Straw and canvas mattresses and rattan cushions are arranged for sheer comfort and relaxation on the shaded arcade of Antonio and Ignacio Saorin’s vacation villa on the island of Ibiza. Photo by Simon Upton.
The upstairs loggia of John Houshmand’s Mexican hacienda, furnished with mesquite banquettes and tables made from mesquite slabs, offers spectacular views. Photo by William Abranowicz.
A poolside lounge at a Nashville, Tennessee, designed by McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
Sara Story collaborated with Lake|Flato Architects on a pavilion for entertaining on her Hill Country property. Photo by Pieter Estersohn.
Architect Christopher C. Hill restored a 19th-century MIssion-style ranch for himself in the Texas HIll Country, which features a wrap-around expansive porch. Photo by Mary E. Nichols for Architectural Digest.