Essentials for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Room

Whether you're entertaining or catching up on some R&R, there are certain aspects of an outdoor room that can make it that much more enjoyable. Check out our must-haves to make your space the most lived-in room outside the house.

Brick Fireplace in Outdoor Seating Area

Fireside Appeal

It's true: An outdoor room wouldn't be entirely complete without a fireplace or fire pit. It's practical if you like to entertain in the winter, but becomes the perfect accompaniment to summer entertaining, too. You can gather guests around for s'mores in the warmer months or just enjoy the crackle of the fire in the background. Designer Jane Frederick made a traditional brick fireplace the focal point of her outdoor space by centering the seating area around it. With this arrangement it's easy for guests to enjoy the warmth from January to December. Photo courtesy of Jane Frederick

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