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15 Peaceful Places to Relax & Unwind
From docks to daybeds, these 15 spaces will put you in vacation mode
However you like to relax—whether with a good book, a loved one, a cup of coffee, a cocktail, or in total solitude—these 15 places are perfectly peaceful. So take a deep breath and kick up your feet. It is summer, after all.
This daybed from Hickory Chair sits in a bedroom reading nook—offering the ideal spot for an afternoon daydream.
Design: Cynthia Hayes
A light breeze from the ceiling fan, the gentle swinging of the daybed, and the sound of crashing waves make this space perfect for midday R&R
A pergola-covered sitting area is tucked away in this English garden. An ideal place to sit in solitude (or with company!) and soak up the sunshine and fresh air.
Landscape design: Jim Douthit
The armchairs on this Florida porch invite sinking in after a long day to enjoy the sunset and maybe even a cold cocktail!
Design: Courtney Dickey
Beneath a wisteria-laced pergola, this oversize chaise—perfect for two—invites a quiet moment in the shade.
Design: George Nunno & Jon Maroto
The designers of this space enthuse that the porch swing bed is a must-have, and we can see why! Keeping one side of the swing open allows for kids of all sizes to put their feet up.
Design: Louise Kitchell & Linda Tallent Brown
Among the Trees
Two swivel chairs face off in this sunny bedroom niche where large windows permit expansive views of the lakeshore below. Floor-to-ceiling drapery panels add an ethereal element.
Design: Beth Webb
A beautiful natural wood bench tucked among the plants in this exquisite backyard retreat offers a moment to sit in the sun and listen to nature.
Landscape design: Thomas Wilhelm
The Sonoran sky alone is enough to lower your blood pressure, but you won't want to leave this desert oasis once you sink into the poolside patio chairs.
Design: Patti Burdick
Groovy in Gray
Illuminated by a sconce from Circa Lighting, this cozy gray daybed is ideal for reading while the salty Nantucket breeze comes in through the window.
Design: Cynthia Hayes
White rocking chairs on a wraparound porch are the classic image of summer relaxation. Whether it's early morning coffee, an afternoon snooze, or an evening cocktail, it can all be enjoyed from the comfort of this rocker.
Design: JoAnn Barwick
A plush bed swing with abundant red pillows is a playful—and perfect—touch to this Wisconsin porch.
Design: Veronica McGraw
A darling settee holds court near the master bedroom balcony of this home on the Long Island Sound. Whisper blue upholstery and billowy drapery panels create a totally serene experience.
Interior design: Lynn Morgany
It's easy to relax in this romantic sitting area with the sights and sounds of Lake Michigan right off the porch.
Design: Tom Stringer
Head down to this dock for a most peaceful escape. Then sit back and relax in the caned chairs overlooking Lake Oconee, Georgia.
Design: Melanie Turner