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Contemporary features update a country retreat.

Maximize space with functional furniture.

An Asian-inspired home carries the design to the backyard.

Incorporate levels into a steep yard.

A built-in barbecue makes summer entertaining easy.

Bring the inside out with intimate garden rooms.

Create a cosy garden room with fences, trees and leafy plants.

Bold-coloured pillows add tropical punch to a serene outdoor space.

Keep natural elements for a time-worn look.

Natural tree-branch posts secure a billowing, tropical-style white canopy.

Natural wood and white accents set a Montauk vibe.

Green up your outdoor dining area.

Create a rustic, shaded area for socializing or siestas.

White Panton chairs pop against horizontal teak.

Get the resort look at home for less.

Add indoor appeal to your outdoor sitting space.

Muskoka chairs inject rustic style into any cottage setting.

How to create a countryside sanctuary — on the cheap.

DIY, patio and gardening ideas + food and drinks.

Designer Andrew Pike's backyard dining area.

A serene, poolside entertaining nook.

Summer entertaining dream room.

Red accents and indoor accessories make a wooden deck warm and inviting.

Glass walls blend this interior with the outdoors.

Inspiring backyards, courtyards and patios.

Spring calls for balconies, patios and plants.

A vibrant Japanese maple frames the doorway.

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