10 inviting outdoor nap spots
Bolt together a California-made Douglas fir sanctuary, then veg out. The redwood deck measures 6 ft. by 10 ft. East-West TeaHouse with Kotatsu Table, $2,075.
Yes, this daybed is pricey, but it’s completely weatherproof and sleeps two. Plus, a trip to China for a ride in a real sampan would cost more. Sampan Outdoor Wicker Day Bed, $7,995; homeinfatuation.com
New slate flooring, a thin veil of papyrus in front for privacy, and potted bamboo and ferns for a cool green fringe surround an old-fashioned porch swing.
Design: Susan Taylor, Paradise Gardens Landscape Design, Los Angeles (310/397-0881)
They gave a futon a burst of color with fabric and pillows from an import store. The Indonesian wooden friezes, temple guardians from an import store, and batik wall hanging complete the look.
Design: Brenda Gousha, Sisters Garden Room, Escondido, CA (866/423-8100)
In other words, perfect for one ― along with Dinos's terrier, Rusty, of course. The bed's mattress is covered in weatherproof Sunbrella fabric. Pillows, quilts, and blankets add coziness as well as warmth.
Triple and quadruple sliding glass doors on two sides of the living room bring in the view and create an easy transition between indoors and out.
A patio needs places "where the eye can stop, rest, and be delighted," landscape designer Davis Dalbok says.