Outdoor Living

Outdoor Magic

These outdoor patio spaces are perfect for anyone trying to achieve a coastal ambiance for their backyard space. Designed by Patio Shoppe 7355 Sample Road, Coral Springs; 954.752.0161; patioshoppes.com 11268 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.776.9980; patioshoppes.com

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Outdoor Patio Perfect for summer

A custom bench clad in blue and terra cotta tiles adds interest in this courtyard patio home. The bar is clad in hand painted hexagon tile from Italy. Multiple seating areas offer many seating options for guests. Designed by Eloise Kubli. Photo by Collective Construction & Design.

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Patio Inspo

Greenwich, CT. The covered patio features luxurious deep seating furniture to relax and reflect in this Greenwich bacyard. Photo provided by Collective Construction & Design.

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Nighttime Splendor

Outside, in the courtyard, casual furnishings invite guests to relax around the pool. Mosaic-tiled, raised planters bring much more interest and elevation to this enchanting space. Photo provided by Collective Construction & Design.

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Let The Light In

Crafted from real wood with long-lasting finishes and exceptional craftsmanship, Hunter Douglas Heritance hardwood shutters are plantation-style shutters that add an elegant touch to windows. Photo provided by Supreme Window Coverings

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Sitting Pretty

Designers of outdoor seating from every style and material have embraced comfort and technology in the past few years. This year, sophisticated finishes and fabrics, curvilinear shapes and luxurious detailing add to the design quotient, resulting in an increasingly impressive outdoor design selection. The chairs featured here hail from wonderfully inspiring collections and will certainly be the best seats outside the house.

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It’s a Jungle Out There

Q: I hired a landscaper to plant my yard. It was beautiful for a year, but now I have a jungle. Why can’t I rely on “professionals” to do better than I can? A: I feel your pain, George. I have encountered this myself. This practice wastes a great deal of money.

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Great Legs

Q: How can I tell the difference in quality when purchasing outdoor furniture? A: Great question. On the surface, furniture quality may not be apparent. Make sure to sit or recline to check comfort, look underneath for quality soldering and support, and inspect cushion seams, slings and surfaces for integrity. Also, check out our “Expert Tips” column on page D76 for more advice from Steve Lowsky, president of the distinguished outdoor furnishings manufacturer Pride Family Brands.

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Outdoor Designs Built to Survive South Florida’s Natural Elements with Style

Durable Materials Although there is a variety of outdoor furniture constructions, for many – especially those residing in humid, saltwater locales – aluminum is the go-to frame material. “With a natural resistance to corrosion and rust, aluminum offers not only beauty, but also durability and easy care.

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Inside Out

Q: Our home opens to a covered, outdoor area. Should we use outdoor furniture under the covered area or will indoor furniture be acceptable?

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