Decorating & Design - Outdoor Living

Outdoor living: How to create an outdoor room

Contributing design editor Christine Hanlon tells us how to make the most out of our outdoor living spaces.

There’s a whole world of outdoor furniture and accessories out there durable enough to withstand anything Mother Nature lets loose. Whether you have a small terrace or a sweeping backyard, contributing design editor Christine Hanlon picks the best of the crop to make the most of your outdoor living space.

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The look
Inspired by the traditional courtyards of Europe, this look is elegant and tailored and possesses old-world charm and romantic details. Think formal clipped hedges, ornate fountains, wrought-iron garden benches and stone pathways. When choosing furniture for your space, look for sets with neoclassical motifs, such as X-backs or scrolls. Accessorize with clay planters filled with boxwood and ivy, hurricane lanterns and whimsical elements like garden fairies or gnomes.
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