Sunday, September 1, 2013

Outdoor Entertaining

Straight Out of Italy

This family needed a defined space for entertaining and gathering, so designer Jamie Durie created this outdoor dining space that's built around a wood-fired pizza oven.

Cook in Luxury

A blown-glass vessel sink, marble countertops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen designed by Donna Moss of Donna Decorates Dallas.

Modern Stone

You only need to glance at this Palm Springs home's mountain view to see the inspiration for this kitchen's rustic-and-modern vibe. Muted colors reflect the distant mountain ranges.

Use What You Have

Designer Jamie Durie incorporated this homeowner's existing grill and barbecue into a brick island to create the feel of an outdoor kitchen for a fraction of the cost. Lush plantings and lamppost lighting give the cooking area a refined, European look.

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Gather By the Fire

A roaring open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cooktop gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

contemporary outdoor living has pizzazz

Well-Lit Countertops

This concrete countertop is embedded with glass and fiber-optic lighting, creating a twinkling effect at night. A golden sun adds to the bright bar's ambiance.

cohen bar

Island Charm

This tiki-styled outdoor kitchen features a cast-in-place concrete countertop atop a curved natural stone bar. Design by Scott Cohen

Sink It Down

Sinking the kitchen and dining area below the level of the pool creates privacy from neighbors and cuts nearby homes from view. Vine-covered Grecian columns and a pergola make just the right amount of shade. Design by Scott Cohen

A Piece of Tuscany

Designer Charles E. Hess wanted to bring the warmth and romance of Italy to this inspiring outdoor oasis. The large natural stone hearth and unifying pergola give this space Tuscan feel, while the top-of-the-line kitchen appliances ensure inspired Italian meals.

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