backyard wood deck with French doors, seating area
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Comfy Seating

Planning the deck-furniture layout just as one would furnishings for a room, the Coopers wanted a living area just outside the French doors and an eating area at the far end of the deck. Weeden built two pairs of oversize chairs—styled along minimalist lines, without arms—and an ottoman for the living area, all with thick outdoor cushions. He built a 10-foot-long table with a built-in banquette to span the back of the deck for the dining area. The slatted banquette has an ergonomically designed curved seat-to-back intersection and all-weather-fabric cushions for extra comfort. A set of dining chairs finishes off the dining area. "We can fit six or seven people on the bench alone," says Misha. "We use the deck as an extension of the house, for outdoor dinner parties or Sunday brunches."

Shown: The 17-by-20-foot deck, located off a first-floor guest room, is arranged like an outdoor room; a seating area is made up of two pairs of cushioned chairs and an ottoman that doubles as a serving table. Flanking the French doors are carriage-style sconces on dimmers for adjustable deck lighting.
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