Backyard Bliss

Jill and Peter DeBroeck use a vintage bistro table and chairs for outdoor dining on their patio.

Photographed by Sara Essex Bradley

New Orleans is blessed with many months of nice weather, and New Orleanians absolutely love their outdoor spaces. Most homes have a porch, front or back, or a patio in a yard or courtyard. Pools are perfect for the long season of warm weather and are often tucked in behind 100-year old homes. Newer homes include plans for grand outdoor entertaining.


Artist Miranda Lake created a unique outdoor oasis in her Uptown backyard. The double-decker bus is a quirky and fun guest room.




Paint your front door a cheerful, happy color that says, “It’s summer!”




A salvaged vintage sink in the garden makes a charming and useful water feature.




The vintage Shasta trailer is used as a guest room in the sunny courtyard adjacent to the home of artist Miranda Lake. Mismatched drop tables are painted the same color of turquoise.




Musicians Sean Yseult and Chris Lee tucked a pool into a small city lot and made use of an old outbuilding by turning it into a Bohemian cabana.




Mix and match new and vintage accessories for a lighthearted summer look

Interior designer Valorie Hart uses elements normally associated with indoor décor on her patio. She incorporates toile fabric, Majolica plates displayed on a shed wall and a rug with a classic Greek Key border.

Interior designer Donna Maselli has designed a classic, clean, all-white theme around her sparkling pool.


Designer and decorative painter Mitchell Settoon created a unique patio oasis filled with found objects pertaining to New Orleans, including the Parkway Tavern sign rescued from the trash.

The porch on a garden shed became a perfect seating area with the addition of a few colorful mismatched chairs and cushions.

Designer Evelyn Clinton from Source Interiors & Art added custom pillows in Trina Turk fabric to a set of vintage wicker furniture. Top right: The classic New Orleans brick courtyard exudes charm with an iron table and chairs. Bottom left and right: Shop owner Dianna Knost of AKA Stella Gray decorated this patio with natural and found elements.

Jackie and Vincent Palumbo designed a large outdoor oasis that includes multiple seating areas, courtyards and a pool in the house they built after Katrina.

This pool and pavilion area was designed by Penny Francis of Eclectic Home. Her clients love the “stay-cation” feeling of it.

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