Sunshine and cocktails, good friends and great times, relaxing poolside sitting areas are places in which to let responsibilities drift away and work on nothing but awesome memories. This captivating collection of 51 poolside sitting areas will have you daydreaming about luxurious outdoor living spaces, the cool splash of serene swimming pools and sunset gatherings in cosy outdoor conversation pits. We’ll also gather inspiration for welcoming outdoor dining rooms, modern fireplaces, stylish chaise lounges and outdoor sofas, built-in benches, exterior lighting, waterfalls and fountains, large sun terrace layouts and decking ideas. All of this in the fine company of magnificent modern architecture, beautiful planting arrangements, courtyards and vertical gardens.

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A design team transforms a century-old farmhouse and barn on Maryland’s Oak Creek into a compound tailor-made for guests

When Sean and Lisa Creamer purchased a 1914 farmhouse on a sublime stretch of Oak Creek near the Miles River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, they hoped it would become a magnet for family and friends. And it has. A recent remake of the house, grounds and an outbuilding has only enhanced the place’s powerful allure. “It’s absolutely beautiful here,” says Lisa, a community volunteer. “We try to share it as much as we can.”

The Olney, Maryland, couple swooped up the Dutch Colonial abode and five-acre property in Royal Oak, a stone’s throw from St. Michaels, in 2006. For years, they spent weekends and summers there—boating, crabbing and fishing with their three children and guests. Now that the kids are in their 20s, the one-time retreat is transitioning to a full-time

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