A few strong container plantings can lend a lush feel. A stunning display of bougainvillea and trumpet vines climb a metal arbor and provide shade on this Malibu, California patio.
At this Seaside, Florida home, chaises lounges beckon the weary with comfy cushions and throw pillows. A simple bucket, filled with ice, cools drinks and keeps things casual.
A large brick fireplace is the centerpiece of this screened dining porch. Ceiling fans move air on stuffy afternoons, while a roaring fire warms guests when temperatures dip.
At this Maui, Hawaii residence, glass walls retract to create an indoor-outdoor living space. For comfort and durability in an open-air setting, choose sofa and chairs in rattan, bamboo, and natural-finish wood, with weather-proof slipcovers that make upholstery easy to clean.
An oceanside living area in Bell Island, Connecticut, incorporates weather-resistant, striped fabric on outdoor furniture cushions. A shaded table offers breezy dining for family and friends.
This intimate Rosemary Beach, Florida, lanai is swathed in panels of natural-colored outdoor fabric that serve as privacy "walls" around the open-air space. Mounted with drapery hardware, the fabric easily slides open and closed.