a covered patio furnished in the British Colonial style
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Create an Out of Africa-Style Porch

When it comes to outdoor entertaining spaces, striking the right balance between casual and sophisticated can be a challenge. This open-air dining room makes it look easy, blending British Colonial-style furnishings (including a caned daybed bought for only $20 at a flea market) with laid-back, island-inspired touches like rattan lamps and flowing curtains. "I chose elements that feel inviting but also a bit exotic," says Trip Hoffman, who designed the space. Bamboo chairs surround a gleaming white farm table while accent pieces perch atop an antique iron console; ethnic rugs provide color and help enliven the pale floors.

Want an equally eclectic look for your place? We show you how in Create an Out of Africa-Style Porch.
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