Great ideas for outdoor rooms

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21 ideas for outdoor dining rooms

Set the scene for great outdoor parties or just dinner for two

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Picnic table
Thomas J. Story

Tuscan dining: The table

A cast-concrete table is the focal point of the outdoor dining area. "It used to belong to a friend, and I lusted after it for years before I bought it from her," designer Hendershot says.

The table has been such a hit with friends that he now takes orders to build similar models on-site in his area (they're too heavy to ship). The benches are weathered pine.

Candles and glasses in mixed styles and shades of green and amber look right at home in the casual garden. Miniature bottles of olive oil at each place setting double as placecard holders and gifts for guests.

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