Splendor in the Grass: Four Outdoor-Space Trends

California landscape designer Pamela Berstler shares four trends for innovative outdoor spaces.

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Outdoor Living AreaHide CaptionShow CaptionThis outdoor patio living room is a great place to entertain, with a chair, two sofas, and tables in front of an outdoor fireplace.
3. The Well-Lit, Cushy Outdoor RoomThe concept of outdoor rooms has expanded far beyond the backyard picnic table under an oak tree thanks to two big technological changes: the development of low-voltage lighting systems and weather-resistant fabrics.

Outdoor fabrics also have changed dramatically beyond the stiff canvas available only a few short years ago. Advances in solution-dyed acrylics have resulted in fabrics that are soft, durable and weather- and fade-resistant. Thus, the plushness of interior living comes outside with the possibility of draperies, floor coverings, cushy furniture and luxurious throw pillows.