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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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