Thomas J. Story

Enjoy the coming summer from your very own backyard dining room. Here’s a few ideas on how to set it up.

Nena Farrell  – May 7, 2020 | Updated May 8, 2020

Rooftop Dining

Rooftop Dining

Thomas J. Story

You don’t need a desert rooftop to recreate this dining terrace from a Tucson Airbnb—instead, grab some string lights and durable textiles to create a cozy ambiance in your outdoor dining space.

Polished Patio

Polished Patio

Thomas J. Story

This Craftsman patio blends the indoor and outdoor thanks to the stacking slider doors. Bringing a dining space close to the backyard doorway makes it easy to serve meals or pop outside anytime.

Desert Banquette

Desert Banquette

Swiley Interior Photography

This seamless banquette makes this desert dining area pop, but two benches connected at the corners can recreate the same experience in any backyard.

Low-Maintenance Setup

Low-Maintenance Setup

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More Videos From Sunset

Enjoy space for ten while keeping it easy to manage. Metal chairs with a fun paint color, like in this Sonoma backyard, are easy to keep clean while adding a pop of style.

Mismatched Dining

Cliff May Ranch Home

Alison Bernier Photography

This blocky style was actually made by this Long Beach homeowner’s husband, but is easy to recreate bt taking a table and bench set and adding a fun chair for the head of the table.

Surprise Stools

Alternative Seating

Skip the boring chairs and try cement stools instead like at this Palm Springs A-frame, with cushions to add a touch of comfort. 

Flower Power

Flower Power

Thomas J. Story

The real thing a backyard dining space needs? Tons of plants and floral arrangements. Add fresh flowers from your yard to arrangements on the table, and place the table near your favorite lush backdrop.

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