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Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Backyard deck

Grey resin wicker furniture stands up to harsh Canadian weather conditions, and is sturdy and stylish. “I deliberately included lots of seating so that when we have guests there’s a comfortable spot for everyone,” says homeowner and Style at Home contributing design editor Christine Hanlon. The deck, pergola and shed were stained in an opaque grey to create a unified scheme.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Table for eight

Up to eight people can dine on one side of the backyard deck. The table's glass top is perfect for outdoor entertaining because it can easily be wiped clean.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Tabletop accents

Stones are not only a great natural touch but they also act as table napkin weights when the forecast calls for a windy day. In the centre of the table sits a pot of white petunia flowers that make for a casual yet chic centrepiece. 

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Table setting

Pretty patterned napkins, gold cutlery and custom place cards (made from shipping labels, velvet ribbon and corks) lend a charming vibe to the table setting.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Outdoor drapery

Weather-resistant drapery lends privacy and a sense of enclosure, adding to the feeling that the backyard deck is simply an extension of the indoors.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Backyard path

A bucolic flagstone path leads from the deck to the shed. Strings of lights casually hung along the pergola cast a warm glow in the evening.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

Outdoor living: Casual backyard oasis

Garden shed

On the backyard fence, a salvaged fountain overflows with delicate botanical blooms near the garden shed.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home