Outdoor dining area

Thomas J. Story

You don't have to face the ocean to create a coastal vibe. This backyard in Los Osos, California, is proof: Even though the deck doesn't share the bay and dune views that the front of the house has, the firepit in the corner, reminiscent of beach campfires, echoes the seaside boardwalk ambience, as does the billowy landscaping that evokes grass-covered sand dunes. Built-in seating, a dining area, and a firepit make the deck perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Resources: Equinox teak-and-stainless-steel table and chairs by Barlow Tyrie from Fortini Home Garden Design ( or 805/542-0500). Fire feature designed by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture ( or 805/528-2118) and installed by Aaron Burch of Burch Concrete Solutions ( or 805/748-4289).

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