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For a simpler alternative, a string of lights around the underside of a market umbrella provides ample light.
4. Look for a place to carve out a intimate dining area. So, maybe you don't have a yard the size of a park. It might take a little thinking and rearranging, but I bet there's someplace in your yard that would be the perfect little dining area. Maybe a side yard or under a large tree in the back corner. This dining room seems to have been plunked right in the middle of a long, narrow garden. The concrete pavers give structure to the dining area within this forestlike setting.
Not all decoration has to hung on a wall. This cottage-style dining area is complete with a trellis, climbing vines, flower arrangements, wrought iron chairs and crisp white linens. I see a Sunday afternoon tea with ladies of distinction in this romantic setting.
6. Provide a heat source for those cool summer evenings. This expansive deck, with a couple of fire pits and seating which goes on forever, just begs to be used all year round. The real star of this space, however, is the fire table, perfect for roasting s'mores or just staying warm on chilly autumn nights. Don't forget to look around — there are some great views from this vantage point.
7. Scrap the table for a different experience. I can so easily imagine Saturday afternoon barbecues with the neighbors around this outdoor kitchen and eating bar. Reminiscent of a kitchen island, the bar creates a more casual dining environment. The pergola structure further defines the space and creates a cozier environment. It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
8. Use an architectural feature to define the room. This canopy plays a double role: to protect diners from sun or rain and to define the space as the dining area. The gravel rim reflects the canopy, further defining the space.
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