Eating meals alfresco are one of the great joys of warm weather, and an elegantly furnished area only strengthens the experience. Get inspired by these enjoyable dining places as you think about designing your own outdoor sanctuary.
Summer Thornton designed this vacation home in Naples, Florida, whose outdoor dining area emphasises a pantry with a colorful flooring backsplash that reaches to the ceiling.
Jean-Louis Deniot designed this deck in Corsica, France, with freedom in mind. “I design outdoor dining with the same components as interior dining: chandeliers above the table, outdoor speakers, hurricane candles on the table, table lamp on the bar. . . . I like when outdoor dining areas have the same comfort as indoor ones, but they are surrounded by nature,” he tells. Deniot created the dining table as well the large outdoor daybed.
For this home in East Quogue, New York, “We needed to withdraw dull beach home décor, but worked in subtle marine references such as the fretwork that imitates rope sailing ties,” says Gary Brewer, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, who created this place, as well as all the light installations.
“The dining deck, sized to contain a table for eight, opens off the dining place and adopts the circular shape of a gazebo to take advantage of 180-degree beach views,” Brewer adds. “Edmund Hollander created the scene — I like the way the hill greens come all the way up to the porch railing — and Steven Gambrel was responsible for the furnishings.”
Sara Gilbane Interiors designed a downtown sanctuary at this Tribeca townhouse with groupings of large potted plants and trellises with climbing vines. A set of match lights hangs from the pergola over the banquette-style dining area, making it ideal for both daytime and evening relaxing.
A masonry chimney lends an air of formality to this patio of a Jeffrey Alan Marks–created home in California’s Pacific Palisades. A set of iron lamps issues over the space, which features a table with seating for 10.
Inspired by the homeowners’ travels to the hill towns of Italy, this ridgetop American villa by Tucker & Marks features a rustic stone table surrounded by a set of wooden chairs.
An early 20th-century tole lantern hangs above a vintage industrial table surrounded by Russell Woodard’s Sculpture steel side chairs in this Santa Barbara, California, outdoor dining area by Matt Black. He said he wanted the space to feel romantic and rustic, and embraced by nature.
The patio of this downtown Los Angeles loft by Jeff Andrews offers sweeping city views, which the designer maximised by creating both a dining area and a lounge space.
This patio of a mid-century house in Miami by Doug Meyer Studio features a striped painted wall and a bright dining table surrounded by Harry Bertoia chairs.
Brian J. McCarthy designed this Manhattan terrace for a couple with young children, so it needed to be casual and accessible for all ages. The large French wall lanterns in a bronze finish were from Charles Edwards, and the outdoor furniture was from Janus et Cie and Munder Skiles.
“I was trying to create an outdoor space that had a dialogue with the interior of the apartment and that felt a little 1920s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but that was also thoroughly grounded in the present,” Timothy Whealon says of this Manhattan apartment. An Hermès ice bucket and a silver bowl by Buccellati add further touches of luxury.
“The idea was to create a mood of gracious contemporary relaxation with a bit of 30s glamour,” Suzanne Rheinstein says of this 1920s Mediterranean home in Bel Air. The painted cane chairs are a mix of old and new, the Moroccan lanterns are vintage and the stone table was custom made.
In creating an outdoor dining area for this house in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, Stephen Shadley wanted to create “a comfortable and covered outdoor dining area focused on an extraordinary view!” The custom dining table is surrounded by vintage Sculptura chairs Woodard. The home’s architecture is by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Fox-Nahem Associates designed this outdoor space for a Manhattan penthouse, which includes an L-shaped planter for bushes that doubles as a banquette for the dining table.
Kim Alexandriuk designed the open-air area at this Tuscan-style Bel Air home, which includes sets of wrought-iron lamps and sconces. A stone console behind the dining table doubles as a counter.
“We wanted to build a comfortable place in the olive orchard and used the mild colours to contrast the green of the trees and the neutral marble of the table and crushed granite on the ground,” Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman says of this Napa Valley, California, dining space. The wrought iron chairs are covered with cushions upholstered in fabric from Perennials.
Tucker & Marks was going for a 1920s Mediterranean vibe at this new-build home in California’s Carmel Valley, whose patio features a set of wicker armchairs.
“We set out to create a rooftop sanctuary in the middle of the city,” Marty Dykas of Studio Dykas says of this Boston penthouse. “Pulling inspiration from the client’s travels through Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, we produced a contemporary space with a bohemian spirit. Earthy tones and natural elements mesh with modern amenities and furnishings to build an urban shelter from which to experience views of both downtown Boston and the harbor.” A set of Dan Johnson’s Sol y Luna stools are pulled up to the teak dining table.