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How to Overhaul Your Backyard

HGTV Magazine shares how one couple transformed their drab backyard into an exceptional double-porch sanctuary.

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A Place to Eat
One thing Peter and Sarah knew they wanted in their renovation: an outdoor dining area. "When the weather is good, we eat breakfast and dinner here as much as we can," says Peter. This part of the cedar deck is about 200 square feet.

Table, Chairs, and Lighting
The Loves chose an umbrella-topped Crate & Barrel teak table and four matching chairs. Outdoor sconces are attached to the back of the house for proper lighting, but for ambience, the couple hung wire lanterns with candles from Crate & Barrel from the umbrella spokes.

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