Out on a Houston terrace designed by Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod, two square tables push together to accommodate larger gatherings. The Graves chairs are from McKinnon and Harris.
Wendy Owen created a "breakfast patio" for her Sonoma property using French café chairs and a stone table. The dishes are by Astier de Villatte.
Designer Matt O'Dorisio chose a Relais sofa by Janus et Cie to face an outdoor fireplace, which helps warm a mountain lodge's dining patio on cool days and evenings.
A banquette accommodates lunch al fresco at a Florida home. Designer Andrew Howard sourced the wicker armchairs and teak table from Kingsley-Bate.
Adirondack chairs, painted to match a North Carolina getaway, invite guests to the terrace. Architect James Carter added another whimsical gesture — a closet in the chimney for firewood and outdoor furniture — to enhance the illusion that this newly constructed house is an antique.
This cozy loggia designed by Matthew Quinn is anchored by durable faux-wicker seating, upholstered in Sailcloth Salt by Sunbrella. Ballard Designs' Bornova cocktail and side tables, carved from mango wood, add an exotic touch.
Matt O'Dorisio created this elevated outdoor patio for a Lake Tahoe vacation home. The seating area combines contemporary teak with more traditional wicker. "It's like an extension of the living room into the forest," he says.
Pieces from Celerie Kemble's Lane Venture collection furnish the flagstone patio outside of Bailey McCarthy's Texas home, while an 80-year-old oak provides plenty of shade.
With a low-key palette inspired by the backyard orange grove, this California vacation home embodies Ojai's no-hurries, no-worries vibe. A relaxed seating area with a fire bowl allows the family to linger outdoors on cool evenings.
A gas-powered outdoor fireplace warms the loggia off an Atlanta home's great room (designed by Matthew Quinn) on crisp autumn evenings. The Ballard Designs planters are modeled on olive-oil jars.
In the outdoor dining area of a Southern home designed by Michelle Prentice, Casamidy's Varenne chairs are painted the same creamy Glidden white as the exterior walls.
Designer Jill Sharp Weeks brought in new vegetation, furniture, and string lights to help a Charleston garden feel like an extension of the home's first floor.
The entrance to this Charleston kitchen house — now a guesthouse — opens onto a bluestone courtyard with seating by Janus et Cie. The renovation of this 1772 home was intended to highlight and preserve the historic elements of the house.
Outdoor living areas should feel comfortable and sheltered, like this space designed by landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Six plane trees give structure to the "dining room" with their straight trunks and spreading canopies. They create shade during the day, and at night, they're strung with lights.
Calais tiles from Granada Tile enliven the lanai and carry a Florida home's profusion of blue and white outdoors. Wicker furniture from Kingsley-Bate with cushions in Perennials' Rough 'n Rowdy fabric surrounds the Bornova coffee table from Ballard Designs.
Climbing vines and exposed beams create an enchanting setting for an outdoor space. The terrace of the Spanish Colonial Revival, designed by Leigh Anne Muse and Lili O'Briend, is outfitted with Kingsley-Bate's Southampton seating, with cushions in a Perennials fabric.
In the interior courtyard, fig ivy softens a brick wall and a mature palmetto tree adds a sense of permanence to a brand-new South Carolina house by designer Michelle Prentice. The West Elm sofa is covered in a Sunbrella fabric.
Designer Tobi Tobin completely revamped the backyard of her modern Hollywood Hills cottage. She used brick from an old patio for the new fireplace and created a terrace from sand mixed with granite. A candlelit chandelier can be raised and lowered by a rope pulley rigged to a tree.
In the outdoor living room of this Malibu ranch by designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, a vintage sofa and coffee table mix with Janus et Cie chairs.
A fire pit, a dock, and a Gerald DiGiusto 1960s steel sculpture come together in designer Thom Filicia's yard at his rustic but sophisticated upstate New York lake house.
"The house is on a golf course with manicured lawns, so I liked repeating the grays and ivories of the interior against all the greenery," designer McDonald says of the limestone-tile veranda in a Los Angeles house, which has Restoration Hardware furniture.
On the patio of a Menlo Park, California house, designed by Matthew Leverone, the slate-blue tones of Restoration Hardware's Carmel daybed, Pottery Barn's Frog Rain drum side tables, and Brown Jordan's Venetian chairs echo the house's siding.
In a California house designed by Stephen Shubel, homeowner Gabriella Sarlo sometimes commandeers furniture from her cellar and sets it up outside for alfresco dining under century-old oak trees.
In a Naples, Florida house, the pool house, with cushions in Pollack's Shoreline fabric, "was a cavern before we installed the mirror," designer Jesse Carrier says. "Now it reflects the light and is so inviting."
In Monica Bhargava's California house, dinner is often served outdoors, nestled amongst an array of lemon trees. The rustic table can be dressed up for a formal dinner or kept causal for a simple happy hour gathering.
Contractor Tim Givens built the swinging daybed on the back porch of Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's Palm Beach house, and she simply covered its seat with a favorite tablecloth.
Oak trees shade a round table surrounded by wicker chairs — a favorite breakfast spot in a Sonoma, California house, designed by Rela Gleason.
The Lane Venture settees and ottoman with cushions in Sunbrella fabrics create a cozy nesting spot in the courtyard of a Palm Beach maisonette. "Wicker is typical Palm Beach," designer Mimi McMakin says. "And the new synthetics are a godsend."
A ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Black Knight makes for a handsome porch that's used year-round thanks to a fireplace and fans in a Nashville house designed by Markham Roberts. The teak sofa and armchairs by Restoration hardware are covered in kravet Navy canvas and Quadrille's Island ikat custom-printed on Sunbrella fabric.