This Backyard Party Zone Combines Covered and Fireside Seating, Plus an Outdoor Kitchen, Pool, and Game Table

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A Backyard Built for Amazing PartiesROBERT PETERSON

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Five thousand square feet is a lot to sculpt into a backyard resort, so for this space at our 2022 Whole Home in Atlanta, designer Ashley Gilbreath went directly to Frontgate. “I wanted to create multiple conversation areas that could work for intimate nights at home or larger gatherings,” the designer explains. Under a covered porch, slipcovered swivel chairs paired with a sofa and a corrugated Stonecast coffee table take cues from the indoors, while a round outdoor table is the perfect place to dine on rainy days. Steps from the pool, an outdoor buffet is equipped with a nine-gallon beverage tub and plenty of space for barware and drinks.

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covered patio
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Fling open the doors of the living room and you can walk right out into this covered, open-air zone with multiple seating areas and a round table. Curtains around the perimeter can be drawn closed for privacy or to further protect from the elements.

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sitting area with fireplace
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A new tiled archway framing the outdoor fireplace is the place to be après-swim. (Yes, you can relax in the hot tub and still mingle with other guests.) Furniture and accessories: Frontgate. Fireplace: François & Co. Fireplace tile: Ann Sacks.


outdoor pool cabana
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At the far end of the pool, bright yellow umbrellas over four teak chaises, all from Frontgate, welcome guests to stay awhile. Chic black-and-white outdoor-fabric cushions dry in a snap after a day of splashing and lounging.


outdoor kitchen

Near an eight-person dining table, this modular teak cabinetry from Frontgate is capped with outdoor countertops from Caesarstone and a wall of tile from Ann Sacks.

table and umbrella
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ping pong table outdoor

This two-in-one game table from Frontgate has a removable top: Leave it on for Ping-Pong or take it off to reveal a billiard table.

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With more than just seating, the activated area is a draw for all ages—and, of course, the owners' houseguests. Tons of clever lighting allow everything from the pool and hot tub to the covered porch to be used at night as well as in the sunshine.

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