This outdoor room, featured in Sunset magazine, is simple yet very inviting. A variety of seating areas -- the bench near the back door, the grouping around the coffee table, and a dining table near the fire pit -- beckon guests to settle in.
The space is bordered on three sides by the house or a trimmed ficus hedge, lending the appearance of a true outdoor room. Modern furnishings establish a setting of chic sophistication.
To keep the landscape consistent with a modern scheme, plant a mixture of grasses for their color varieties and graphic appeal. They're also usually drought tolerant, so upkeep is minimal.
–Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor