It's the heart of summer, and whether or not things are going exactly according to plan in your own garden it's a great time to check out some other outdoor settings. Here's a chance to do it without leaving your own little patch of green.
MyHomeIdeas.com is a home design site that features thousands of photos from home design and lifestyle magazines. The "Outdoor Rooms" section of the site shows 158 (as of 7/31/07) areas. You can sort the photos by type (patios, outdoor areas, decks, garden, garage, pool houses), style (eclectic, exotic, traditional, contemporary, country, retro) or publication (Cottage Living, Sunset, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Cooking Light).
Thumbnails fill the pages; click on a photo for an enlarged view and more information. Lots of the individual photo pages include additional photos of the area and/or links to a longer article. Since they're all magazine photos, they're all stunning.
To visit the "Outdoor Rooms" page of MyHomeIdeas.com, click here.
(For another online armchair tour resource, visit the Online Armchair Garden Tours post.)