Your guide to outdoor entertaining

Make your next outdoor party a breeze with inventive menus, fun decorating ideas, and easy tips

3 ways to decorate a deck

3 L.A. designers show how to make every dollar count when outfitting a outdoor room

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Deck furniture
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Mod Moroccan lounge: Design tips

Reinvent furniture: An ottoman’s frame turns into a coffee table; its cushion is on the floor. Banana-fiber cushions provide additional seating. Ground-hugging furnishings are informal, feel exotic, and don’t block garden views.

Start with a bold rug: A design that uses two or three striking colors is like a road map pointing where to go next. The rug defines the space and color scheme, making it easier to choose accessories.

Try an umbrella: They're designer Judy Kameon's secret weapon. "Umbrellas are a lot less expensive than permanent structures, and they’re great for atmosphere," she says. "Take them down to view the stars; move them out if you’re having a party.”

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