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Beautifying the Outdoors With Stone

by Caitlin Kelch


It was this image of Tasha Tudor’s garden from a post here on Design*Droits-Humains back in 2015 that cemented my love of natural stone outdoors. Since then, I’ve bought my first home that has an entire wall of local stone that holds the fireplace and wood stove insert that keeps us warm during these winter months. I still keep coming back to the exterior stone walls in the photograph above and admiring the way that they cascade down from Tasha’s house to the peony-filled gardens below.

Since we dove into the use of natural stone (including lots of gorgeous marble) inside, I thought it would be fitting to share some inspiring exteriors that make use of this natural resource that adds character and warmth to natural settings, too. These exterior shots are also a nice respite from the winter temperatures, so enjoy this sneak peek into spring and summer too!

Click through to see some of our favorite uses of natural stone in outside spaces, a shot of Grace’s beautiful flagstone pool patio! –Caitlin

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I love this stone fire pit on top of a classic flagstone patio. Enjoying a late night fire and sharing stories with friends is one of my favorite spring activities. Photo courtesy of
This stone exterior wall that opens onto a sweet pool set-up looks so right next to a decidedly modern home built with elemental features.
This is a "before" shot that was taken during the construction of the stone pathway and wall in the previous shot. Those massive stones that lead to the entrance are so enchanting!
This huge outdoor stone hearth creates an extra year-round room just outside the house. And what a light show! Photo courtesy of
The mix of textures and shapes represented by the flat and natural stone, with a vertical wood stripe backdrop, makes this home feel rustic and modern all at once. Photo courtesy of
The use of stone in this outdoor shower makes it the perfect alternative to an inside shower during summer.
The thin stone veneer that covers steel supports on this modern home gives it a mid-century feel.
The mid-century vibe happens again here with this home's side view and chimney.
I'd love a stone bench like this one to sit on in a private spot for birdwatching.
Another perfect spot for contemplation.
Filled with an abundance of beautiful, natural stone, this old quarry was transformed into a (with swimming!) in Waite Parke, Minnesota. Photo courtesy © Coldspring
Another view of the park in action! Photo courtesy © Coldspring
I love classic residential pool set-ups like this flagstone enclosed one. I can just see ice tea being poured and lemons being squeezed! Photo courtesy of
When Grace bought her first home two years ago, this amazing pool and flagstone patio came with it. The home had originally been a boarding house for vacationers in upstate NY. I'm saving up for a much smaller wading pool version, complete with as much stone as I can afford (and then add on to).
I love the dramatic entrance to this resort. Coming back to the Tudor garden inspiration, flowers amongst stones are so stunning. Photo courtesy of
These flowers tucked behind pumice stones look equally lovely on a smaller scale. Photo courtesy of
Douglas Riccardi's home tour features this hidden garden in the middle of Brooklyn.
Another view of Douglas' secret garden.

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