As we approach the summer months, the line between indoors and outdoors begins to blur and we find ourselves spending more time on back patios and screened porches. These extensions of our homes become our main living spaces where we linger well into the evening hours, enjoying conversation, cocktails, and alfresco meals. In the May/June 2019 issue of Southern Home, we feature a number of homes with beautiful outdoor areas tailor-made for entertaining, as well as for quiet moments of solitude. Designer Kathryn Greeley created the ultimate outside space surrounding her quaint North Carolina cottage and has been cultivating the English-style gardens since 1986, filling them with an abundance of heirloom plants and old-fashioned flowers. In Louisiana, architect George Hopkins and designer Connie Seitz collaborated on a stunning new home that extends 1,000 feet along the bayou and offers plenty of outdoor areas to take in panoramic views. And Houston designer Julie Dodson combined her clients’ Chinese heritage with their love of French style to create a meaningful home full of private and public spaces, including an oversized loggia replete with outdoor kitchen. Plus, discover the latest furnishings to design your own summer escape in the best place of all—right outside your door.