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These inspired spaces from our archives are brimming with creative ideas for maximizing outdoor seating for your summer entertaining.

10. At decorator Sara Story’s family compound in Texas, a sleek sectional sofa provides ample seating around the fire pit.

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9. Painter Olivier Mourao devised a dreamy seating area at his Ibiza oasis using a white sofa and flowing curtains to add a touch of privacy.

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8. A rustic daybed furnishes the open-air garden room of a house in Umbria, Italy.

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7. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan achieve contemporary cool at their Shelter Island pool pavilion with a mod sectional sofa and array of colorful pillows.

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6. In Mexico, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber constructed their outdoor living room entirely from niwala limestone, topping off the seating with cushions in matching neutral hues.

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5. The Manhattan triplex of entrepreneur Michael Hirtenstein boasts an ultrasleek outdoor living room of solid mahogany. The rounded seating area wraps around the custom-made fire pit.

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4. Hanging loungers are suspended on the sleeping porch of a charming Northern California home, allowing plenty of room for rest and play.

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3. An inviting dining area is set against the back wall of a New York City home’s lush garden.

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2. Actress Jane Fonda created majestic outdoor seating for the terrace of her New Mexico ranch with a brass bed and mesmerizing Pakistani fabrics.

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1. For her Madrid home, decorator Isabel López-Quesada fashioned a romantic courtyard with an antique-inspired daybed and matching chairs.

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