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Four tips to create a gorgeous outdoor living space

Double up your living space by making your backyard multi-task: With smart planning and a few tricks, you'll never want to go inside
By Photos by Roberto Caruso; Styling by Julia Black
Four tips to create a gorgeous outdoor living space

Backyard living

We loved the house, but it was the backyard’s potential that really sold us, ” says homeowner Andrew Bockner. An avid outdoor entertainer, the principal designer for Andrew Richard Designs knew the huge deck would provide endless opportunities for easy summer get-togethers. To make the most of the space, he divided the deck into three living zones: living room, dining room and lounge. Then he went to work furnishing it with hard-wearing woven-resin pieces, water-resistant outdoor fabrics and exotic potted plants. “It’s like a private sanctuary,” he says. “Being back there feels like you escape the city just a bit.” And since the birth of their daughter, Avery, he and his wife, Melissa, are enjoying the expanded living space in a whole new way. “It doubles as a great play area for Avery and her friends. She loves to run around and then curl up with us on the daybed,” he says.

Tip: The key to making the most of your space (even in a backyard) is defining each living zone. Click here for their backyard planning guide.

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Seating area

Cozy up your space with plenty of seating, a coffee table, an outdoor rug and lots of weather-resistant cushions. Candles in lanterns set the mood for entertaining.

Get this look: Uptownsectional, tranquilitychairs, cushions, Andrew Richard Designs. Pink crocheted cushions, HomeSense.

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Comfortable dining room

Plan to have your eating area closest to the kitchen, so it’s convenient to carry everything in and out. Dress your table with all-weather pots and plants for a chic centrepiece that can live outside.

Get this look: Sofitel dining set, Andrew Richard Designs. Pink stemware, pottedplants, both HomeSense.

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Outdoor lounge

For ultimate R&R, create a tranquil nook with a large daybed. Then cover it with a wooden gazebo or a trellis and overgrown vines. Get even more privacy by adding drapes, and finish with soft lighting.

Get this look: Tranquility bed, Andrew Richard Designs. Purpleplate, black andwhite artisanal bowl and ball, area rug, all HomeSense.

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