Outstanding Outdoor Room Inspiration
Top designers share their ideas for making the most of your lawn, lanai, backyard or barbeque.
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Thanks to comfortable seating — weather-resistant teak with cushions in shades of green and white that echo the interior decor — it’s easy to spend an entire evening out here, and close proximity to the kitchen and to indoor and outdoor dining tables make this the perfect place for a nightcap or a romantic dinner for two. The loggia offers gorgeous views out to the gardens and swimming pool, and a wood-burning fireplace makes the space comfortable even on chilly evenings.
"The husband has these very herbaceous logs flown up from Santa Fe," says Peterson, "to remind the two of them of a beautiful weekend they once spent in New Mexico." The extravagance is well worth it, not only for the heavenly aroma of the logs but also for the gesture itself. "That sort of touch," Peterson says, "really sets the emotional mood for happy times."