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The Great Outdoors

June 20th, 2013 | by The Update
3 Los Arboles Court in Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - pool

Landscaping around the pool at 3 Los Arboles Court makes the backyard look like a tropical escape.

As seen on Paper City: Consider for a moment a picture frame. And now, a beautifully landscaped outdoor space. In many ways, they’re not so terribly different. Both enclose works of art, as it were, while giving added dimension to the overall schemes they convey. And just as a frame is carefully chosen so it doesn’t overpower the artwork within, the same care is given to a truly exceptional outdoor oasis. 

Dans Bois Crete Mansion at 9806 Inwood Road in Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's homes for sale in Dallas - front lawn entry

Garden at the Dans Bois Crete Mansion. Listed by Christy Berry.

At their best, such spaces offer an escape where their owners can commune with nature, enjoying the elements that houses strive to shield us from. They’re a refreshing contrast to the interiors we carefully plan and create. Nonetheless, they afford us just as many opportunities to create intimate retreats in the form of charming courtyards or expansive and dramatic pools. Perhaps most interesting are the possibilities of composing outdoor rooms beneath pavilions and verandas. Thanks to technological advances, outdoor furniture is now finished to withstand even the harshest of weather, and the same goes for fabrics used to cushion the pieces. As a result, residents can now extend their decorative visions beyond the bounds of the walls they live within.

3 Los Arboles Court in Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - fountain

Garden, fountain, and pool at 3 Los Arboles Court in Preston Hollow. Listed by Pamela Brannon and Joan Eleazer.

Of course, nothing compares to what becomes possible with the selection of plants for one’s backyard. The exhaustive array of shapes and colors run the gamut from soaring palm trees to chipper annuals that greet us with the arrival of the seasons. In fact, with a good composition of flowers, trees and shrubs, anything can be achieved.

The outdoor spaces that surround our homes define our experiences within them — adding value not only to our everyday lives but to the investments that our homes represent.

8720 Midway Road in Bluffview - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - garden

Garden and gazing pond at 8720 Midway Road in Bluffview. Listed by Susie & Pete Ryan.

Click here to read more of the June issue of Paper City.

Extraordinary homes and extraordinary people create great neighborhoods. Go to briggsfreeman.com to see luxury homes for sale in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Click here to see more beautiful homes for sale in top DFW neighborhoods from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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