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Mul­ti­ple zones mapped out with deck­ing, peb­bles and lawn make the most of the fam­ily’s back­yard. “We take ad­van­tage of sunny morn­ings and en­joy break­fast in the al­fresco/deck area,” Vanessa says. “We plan to ex­tend this space with a pitched-roof, Hamp­tons-style white per­gola to cre­ate a more ca­sual out­door liv­ing area.” A tim­ber set­ting po­si­tioned on white peb­bles is used dur­ing out­door par­ties or for soak­ing up the af­ter­noon sun, and the boys use the grassed area for soc­cer prac­tice all year round.

OUT­SIDE In the zone Two pot­ted trees cre­ate a “door­way” to the seat­ing area.

Weave it Weath­er­proof syn­thetic wicker and wash­able cush­ion cov­ers make this set­ting easy to clean. OUT­SIDE

OUT­SIDE Neat spot

An an­tique dresser pro­vides stor­age for al­fresco table­ware and linen. Seat from Kmart.

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