outdoor patio dining room
Photo: Mark Lohman
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Create an Open-Air Dining Room

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."

Want to put together your own space that's as beautiful as it is practical? Learn how to do it in Create an Open-Air Dining Room.
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