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A patio doesn't always have to reside next to the house. This lovely dining area sits next to the pool, offering a beautiful view across the water and back toward the home.
Archways, fences, hedges, and gates are all ways to divide a large yard into several intimate spaces. This yard has both seating and dining areas to serve various family and entertaining needs.
New weatherproof wicker seating teams with an easy-care natural sisal rug to bring style and comfort to an outdoor porch. An artisan-crafted metal screen and tall palms add to privacy and cut glare on sunny days.
A once-rickety porch was remodeled into a spacious 650-square-foot veranda that takes better advantage of sweeping shoreline views. Natural-toned wicker is softened with deep cushions covered in classic blue cotton ticking.
A grove of trees makes the perfect spot for a patio. This one is located just off the kitchen to encourage casual after-dinner conversation. A combination of teak and wicker seating is united by cushion color and tone.
Originally a screen porch, the sunroom took shape when it was enclosed with glass. It was also updated with a pickled-plank floor and painted brick walls. Vintage pillows add a hint of color to the canvas-covered sofa.
Pots of colorful flowers and a candle chandelier give this porch the look of a garden-themed dining room. Anchoring the arrangement is a vintage green-and-white baker's table. New white metal chairs slide underneath, looking right at home.
On the porch of this 1930s cottage, a section of lattice has been framed and fitted with cup hooks to hold a variety of hats and accessories. New and vintage fabrics cover a daybed. However, they're not waterproof and need to be covered or removed during inclement weather.
With the many new choices in outdoor fabrics and furniture, it's easier than ever to create inviting outdoor spaces. The billowy white fabric used here filters the sun and defines the terrace and its seating groups. When cold weather arrives, the draperies can come down and the furniture can go into storage.
Here's a neutral patio built with plain materials. What makes it interesting? The change in textures of the lattice roofing, wagon wheel, and concrete balls give the eye plenty to see. In addition, pots of colorful flowers on the fireplace, on the table, and in the planting areas spark up the all-white look of the space.
To withstand the extremes of the elements, look for fabrics that resist stains, mildew, fading, and rot, that are water-repellent, and that can sustain freezing conditions. Well-known manufacturers are getting into the act.
Flexible furnishings serve many family functions. The round dining table, perfect for grown-up meals, easily doubles as an arts-and-crafts table during the day for visiting kids. The rattan sofa and chairs, all more than 50 years old but recently refinished, have oilcloth-covered cushions that look contemporary in vivid turquoise and are also easy to clean.
FULL YEAR just $5.99