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Pretty Patio Escapes

Outdoor gathering spots that sing with style

Produced by Julianne Hilmes

When warm weather is upon us, we take to our favorite outdoor rooms. Nab some style ideas from some of these pretty porches, patios, and courtyards.

Photo: Richard Powers / Design: Ohara Davies-Gaetano

Complete with a grand outdoor fireplace and soaring chimney, this courtyard retreat is an ideal place to relax and escape from your day's worries.

Photo: John Merkl / Design: Kari McIntosh Dawdy

When the weather is nice, there's no better place to entertain than outside and, luckily, this L-shape bench can accommodate a crowd. A lion's-head fountain adds to the ambience.

Photo: John Bessler / Design: Erin Gates

Alfresco dining is at its finest beneath this poolside canopy. Who wouldn't want to linger at this stylish table?

Photo: Richard Powers / Design: Ohara Davies-Gaetano

French doors open up to a quiet patio escape at this California home. Subdued colors on the home's exterior as well as the upholstery help create a calming atmosphere.

Photo: Carmel Brantley / Design: Lisa Peterson and Melanie Hayes

Step down to this sunny patio where a sofa and oversize armchairs create an inviting outdoor living space.