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Picture Perfect Outdoor Lounge and Relaxation Spaces

Getaways are great, but have you tried channeling permanent-vacation energy in your own backyard? These dreamy spaces are destinations in their own right.

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Photo: Spacecrafting Photography. From: Mom's Design Build.

Embracing the Elements

This rustic lakefront deck with lounging, grilling and dining areas is all about celebrating the space where natural splendor meets domestic comfort. There’s an ample umbrella that can unfurl and provide shade during the day, but no pergola or roof interrupts appreciation of the picturesque woodland surrounding this property.

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Photo: Anthony Crisafulli, Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, Julie Hillman Design, Seascape Partners, Renner Landscaping, Orsman Design, Inter-Science Research Associates, Southampton Engineering. From: LaGuardia Design Group.

Hamptons Hideaway

This spectacular gathering spot perches beside the edge of a freshwater pond, and its infinity-edge pool brings a serene look to the entertaining area. The fire table at the center of this conversation area doubles as a serving spot for parties: by day it’s covered by a tablecloth to offer up refreshments for sunbathers and swimmers.

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Photo: Chris Miller - Image Imagery. From: Christopher Grubb.

Mediterranean Moment

A consistent color story and theme unite the umbrellas, awnings, textile and tiles in this outdoor oasis, where guests can move from seats on the deck to a raised fire pit overlooking the pool when the sun goes down. Moves like these are part of what makes outdoor spaces at boutique hotels so charming. As far as the eye can see, each element of outdoor decor reinforces the space’s strongly defined character.

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Photo: Matt Vacca. From: BOXHILL.

Advanced Geometry

Bold horizontal lines, like the beams supporting this outdoor room’s roof and the concrete slabs of its walls and hearth, give the space a sense of utilitarian minimalism. Curvaceous touches like its glowing orbs, bistro lights and Panton dining chairs, in turn, add warmth and character.

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