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February 23, 2016
These homes bring the outside in with indoor gardens, courtyards, and houseplants that keep interiors green year-round.
Interior courtyard garden with tropical plants and volcanic sand in Antwerp dwelling.

At this 6,000-square-foot live/work loft in Antwerp, Belgium, a combination of sliding doors, strategically placed voids, and large indoor plantings create fluid boundaries between indoors and out. The interior courtyard garden—landscaped with tropical plants and volcanic sand—is visually accessible from nearly every room, including the dining and kitchen area. 

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Originally appeared in A 6,000-Square-Foot Creative Dreamworld Packed with a Tropical Garden, Neon Rooms, and More
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Baumann residence courtyard

An enclosed courtyard sits at “the heart of the structure,” says architect Philippe Baumann, who designed the home he lives in with his wife, Lisa Sardinas, and eight-year-old son, Oskar. “This is clearly the dominant space; everything flexes towards it.” Baumann cast the square concrete floor tiles himself, enlisting the help of his son. A small, neat patch of grass—a playful nod to the archetypal domestic lawn—is edited down to a charming folly. 

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Modern Red Hook Brooklyn Apartment with Calico Wallpaper silver, gold Wabi River in the living area and Farrah Sit daybed, Shibori Pillows, Rebecca Atwood, Fort Standard Coffee Table and Apparatus incense burner

An installation of Wabi River, a silver-and-gold marbled mural by Calico Wallpaper, cofounded by residents Rachel and Nick Cope, forms a palette of coordinated tones in the living area. Nearly all of the furnishings in the apartment are by friends and peers of the local New York design scene: The daybed sofa is by Farrah Sit, the hand-dyed shibori pillows are by Rebecca Atwood, the coffee table is by Fort Standard, and the incense burner is by Apparatus. Two large plantings—a banana leaf and a rubber tree—inject an extra dose of color.

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Originally appeared in Inside a Historic Brooklyn Loft, a Creative Couple Brings Their Wallpaper Brand to Life
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SoCo pendant lights by Tech Lighting in atrium of Chicago renovation by dSPACE Studio.

In Chicago’s Buena Park, dSPACE Studio transformed a disorganized 1978 home into a bright retreat that revolves around a 20-foot-tall skylight, which provides ample sun for the wall of bamboo in the atrium. SoCo pendant lights by Tech Lighting draw the eye up to the double-height light well. 

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Originally appeared in An Impressive 20-Foot Skylight Transforms a Jumbled Chicago Home
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A tree grows in a renovated Portland home's interior courtyard.

Aaron and Yuka Ruell transformed a Portland ranch house into a retro-inspired family home with plenty of spaces—like the lush, trellised porch—for their four children to roam.  

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modern courtyard low-e glass wall insulation bench

In an Oregon home designed for aging-in-place, a central courtyard filled with native plants creates the sensation of a large, live-in terrarium. 

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A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.

Four box-shaped structures, arranged around a central courtyard, make up this Seoul home. The courtyard is adorned with a single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer. 

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Modern indoor-outdoor concrete dining pavilion with custom cabinets and thermador dishwasher and refrigerator

Cut-outs in the concrete slab floor allow for an indoor forest of taro, fig, and bamboo in this verdant dining parlor in Sonoma County, California; a sub-surface drain connected to a perforated underground pipe slowly filters out excess moisture to the groundwater. 

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Originally appeared in This Home is Complete with an Indoor Jungle
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Interior courtyard garden with tropical plants and volcanic sand in Antwerp dwelling.

At this 6,000-square-foot live/work loft in Antwerp, Belgium, a combination of sliding doors, strategically placed voids, and large indoor plantings create fluid boundaries between indoors and out. The interior courtyard garden—landscaped with tropical plants and volcanic sand—is visually accessible from nearly every room, including the dining and kitchen area. 

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