Outdoor patio dining room
Photo: Mark Lohman

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Eating outside doesn't always mean having to balance on a rickety bench or sprawl across a blanket. It can be an elegant affair, complete with all the comforts you’d enjoy indoors. With its well-proportioned farm table, ample storage, and vintage-inspired seating, this patio looks as good—and works as well—as any formal dining room. "The distressed finishes and painted ceiling border recall the south of France," says California designer Lizzie McGraw. "But beyond being pretty, this space is a fully functional entertaining area." Case in point: The table accommodates six, the sideboard conceals a mini fridge and bar, and the custom 8-foot-wide mirror, framed in reclaimed ceiling tiles, not only reflects light but makes the entire room appear larger. Vintage watering cans and salvaged-wood birdhouses add a decorative touch and can do double duty in the garden. Want to put together your own space that’s as beautiful as it is practical? Read on.
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