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DIY Outdoor Projects Inspired by Boutique Hotels

By: Jennifer O'Neil and Kitty O'Neil

When it comes to outdoor living, no one knows luxury like the world's finest resorts. Take a tour of award-winning hotels and let their relaxing gardens, decks and lanais inspire your own.

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Cabanas Are Cozy

The tranquil, seaside sunbeds at the Afro Chic Diani Beach Kenya rest on one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Africa. These inviting bungalows provide shelter from the sun with stretched canvas rooftops and pillows galore. Sheer, billowing curtains not only create privacy, they look posh and luxurious. Image courtesy Elwana Collection

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Fashion a Hideaway

Craft your own private cabana by hanging white cotton sheers around your deck or balcony. Give it resort-style flair by tying them back with sunny yellow scarves. For a beachy touch, set out jars filled with sand, seashells and pillar candles.

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Eclectic Details

The Four Seasons Resort Bali elevates outdoor decor with sophisticated textiles and dramatic details. High-contrast prints and solids in neutral colors have a modern eclectic air. And accents usually reserved for indoors give this covered breezeway a polished look. Photo courtesy Four Seasons

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Dramatize Your Surroundings

To heighten drama on your veranda, combine contrasting cushions that have bold patterns. Add upscale accessories like a bed scarf, sculptures or vases and a single orchid. A coffee table book makes this exterior feel a little more like a living room.

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