Bring the Outside In

Courtyard garden view from dining room

There’s a lot of talk about garden rooms, meaning separate areas within a garden. Another concept that isn’t seen nearly as much is a garden that is specifically constructed to be enjoyed from inside the house. In this Oklahoma City home and garden, owned by the Bolens, there are several courtyards which merge the boundary between inside and outside. Floor to ceiling windows are the only divider between the interior room and the outdoor garden.

Many rooms of this contemporary home, built in the early 1970s, extend visually into the outdoor garden beyond the windows. The small courtyard pictured above is outside the dining area. The kitchen garden, with a series of tiered raised beds, is framed by the kitchen windows on either side of the sink. The back yard, with a swimming pool and soft foliage beyond, is just beyond the living room window wall. This is truly an inside-outside home and garden.

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