When Elaine Herbst moved into her Eureka home two years ago, she looked forward to downsizing from the sprawling home and 3-acre lot she’d maintained before. But with an aging cedar deck threatening to thwart her move, she put a redesigned outdoor space at the top of her priority list. The result is a safe and functional deck and porch that effectively expand her living space into the great wide open.


Bring the entire cooking experience outdoors with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen. Go all out with a grill, beverage center, pizza oven and more, or create an understated space with just a couple cooking essentials. 

1. Outdoor kitchen, by Poynter Landscape Architecture. Photography by Don York. 

2. Pool house kitchen, by Rill Architects. Photography by Lydia Cutter/Rill Architects.

3. White pergola kitchen, by Passiglia’s.


Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL
Photography by Christian Phillips Photography
The main branch of the Chicago River has a storied history. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river first became an engineered channel to support the industrial transformation of the city. Over the last decade, the role of the river has been evolving with the Chicago Riverwalk project – an initiative to reclaim the Chicago River for the ecological, recreational and economic benefit of the city.


For our June/July Outdoor issue, we asked local design professionals to share their opinions on outdoor chandeliers. Are these design dazzlers a classic or a craze?

“I'd say classic. In elaborate outdoor rooms, I think adding such a classical element, like a chandelier, really helps pull the whole room together.” Katy Molaskey, Green Guys.


Create another dimension of texture with wood accent pieces. Organic and warm, wood can be mixed with a variety of materials for an earthy feel. 

one: Wood and metal chandelier, available at Wilson Lighting.

two: Wood art, available at Amini's.

three: Natural petrified wood slice, available at Design & Detail.

four: Nolan sling chair, available at Savvy Surrounding Style.


Botanicals are a bold, beautiful way to bring nature into any space in your home. The lush leafy designs can be incorporated in fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and accessories for a more modern take on traditional florals. Let the outdoors come inside.

1) Banana leaf print mural wallpaper, available at West Elm.

2) Gold foil fern, available at The Gifted Gardener.