If you want to carve out a stylish post-swim lounge area but don’t have the room, budget, or desire to build a full-blown pool house, take note of this gazebo designed by April Powers. The crawling vines, sheer drapes, and camouflaging paint color allow the gazebo to blend right in with the garden environment, while the bench and coffee table ensure comfort and function.
You can create a gazebo that doubles as a sunroom, as Annie Anderson did in this Kansas City home. Built in 1938, the house was rebuilt by Anderson with new electrical wiring and geothermal systems. She also tacked a new wing onto the back; now two walls of windows and four sets of French doors look out over a generous flagstone patio and towering white-blooming redbud. “It looks out to a lovely English garden,” says Anderson, “so we don’t use window treatments.”
Artist Michael Jantzen designed a gazebo you can interact with and that transforms into different rooms. The multiple hinged panels can move and fold to continually turn into a new space for relaxation and contemplation.
This classical-style wooden pergola meets gazebo serves as the backdrop for designer Brian McCarthy’s swimming pool in upstate New York. It was inspired by the Greek temple garden folly created by Isabel and Julian Bannerman for Highgrove House, one of Prince Charles’s country homes. McCarthy planted all the trees and shrubs on the property, which was once entirely covered by alfalfa fields.
Fancy Chicken Coop
This over-the-top chicken coop, fondly known as the Woody House, is owned by philanthropist Katharine Rayner in the East Hamptons. Architect Pietro Cicognani designed the roof to look as if it were floating in midair from afar.
Modern Pool House
This place is a lot funkier than your typical South Carolina beach house. Designed by Charleston decorator Angie Hranowsky on Kiawah Island, the poolside gazebo is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Superwhite, and the lap pool is just steps away.
Alfresco Dining Room
The green paint color on the trellised railing of a traditional gazebo designed by Amanda Lindroth makes it feel even more open and airy. Thanks to sweeping views of the landscape, the dining table offers the best seats in the house.
Open Air Living Room
In another gazebo designed by Amanda Lindroth, the overhead shelter provides shade while the open walkways let fresh air flow through. The pagoda motif over the fireplace actually hides a television, so it’s stylish and practical.
Continue the fun outdoors with a gazebo bar area for cocktail prep, complete with an outdoor ceiling fan to keep it cool. The overhead shelter provides shade while the open walkways let fresh air circulate. Your summer soirees will continue without a hitch!
Wendy Owen designed this luxe-meets-rustic gazebo in Sonoma, California, to feel like a French villa in a bygone era. Scraggly stone, candlelight, antique salvaged wood tables, and generally romantic ambiance channel Provence.
This gazebo belongs to a 1920s house in Atlanta that the designer John Oetgen brightened up with a Floridian feel. “I wanted it to look like it was plucked from Palm Beach,” he says. It’s a folly with windows cut in the lattice trelliswork. “They give great little portraits to the foliage behind them.”
Natural Wood Gazebo
Author Prentis Douthit originally planned to make this gazebo a tool shed and spot to keep an eye on his chickens, but over time the structure evolved to look more like a little cabin. It has a cedar-shake roof, timber rails, and a porch with a hammock.