Outstanding Outdoor Room Inspiration
Top designers share their ideas for making the most of your lawn, lanai, backyard or barbeque.
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In spaces where mother nature proves plenty of color and pattern, Fryery leaves leopard-print behind, and often opts for simple, stand-out solids, like the French blue on this patio that Fryery created for clients who love to entertain outdoors. But while the color scheme here is simple, the space is far from spartan. Chairs are deep and cushy; a market umbrella provides plenty of shade, and an outdoor bar helps make entertaining easy and elegant.
"The outdoors is the most versatile part of your property," he says. "You can have music piped out onto the patio ... or you can enjoy the silence and the sounds of chirping birds. You can bring your phone and laptop out and work ... or just sit around and do nothing. But even if you’re working, it’s important to get outside as soon as the weather turns nice. We all spend way too much of our lives indoors. If you ask me, we can all use a whole lot more fresh air."