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August 16, 2011

As summer comes to an end, we cheers to seven of our favorite outdoor spaces before the furniture is packed away for the winter.

Outdoor fireplace.
Seated on Philippe Starck's outdoor chairs for Kartell, homeowners Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman take in the warmth from the freestanding fireplace at their Two Black Sheds retreat on Wisconsin's Madeline Island.
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Catovic Hughes's design for <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/southern-greens.html">Susan and Rich Moreland's home</a> in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, connects indoors and out but also allows for mitigated interaction with the neighbors and the street.
Catovic Hughes's design for Susan and Rich Moreland's home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, connects indoors and out but also allows for mitigated interaction with the neighbors and the street.
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Joao Canziani
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scrap metal, fireplace, Canada
Metals broker S. J. Sherbanuk (left) and designer James Campbell (right) created a new home in Collingwood, Ontario, with old scrap. "Repurpose, refurbish, recycle" was the guiding principle for the project.
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Lorne Bridgman
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The <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/come-sail-away.html">Church Residence</a> in Michigan City, Indiana, is topped with a generous porch equipped with a hot tub and solar sail shades fabricated by Covers Unlimited.
The Church Residence in Michigan City, Indiana, is topped with a generous porch equipped with a hot tub and solar sail shades fabricated by Covers Unlimited.
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The <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/bach-to-the-beach.html">Parsonson Residence</a>, a modern beach house in New Zealand, features slide-away doors and a large patio perfect for sunbathing and looking out toward Kapiti Island. (And because of the
The Parsonson Residence, a modern beach house in New Zealand, features slide-away doors and a large patio perfect for sunbathing and looking out toward Kapiti Island. (And because of the mild Kiwi winter, this is one outdoor space that doesn't need to be packed up for winter.)
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matthew williams
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The porch at writer <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/worth-the-wait-otg.html">Bruce Porter's off-the-grid retreat</a> on Ragged Island, Maine, boasts Leaf chairs by Arper as well as dreamy views.
The porch at writer Bruce Porter's off-the-grid retreat on Ragged Island, Maine, boasts Leaf chairs by Arper as well as dreamy views.
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In Brooklyn, Jeff Sherman used rubble bricks and concrete dug up from the backyard and crushed to create his <a href="http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/new-prospects.html">green garden</a>. Catch the story in our <a href="http://www.dwell.com/magazine/Japan
In Brooklyn, Jeff Sherman used rubble bricks and concrete dug up from the backyard and crushed to create his green garden. Catch the story in our Japan Style issue on newsstands now!

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Outdoor fireplace.
Seated on Philippe Starck's outdoor chairs for Kartell, homeowners Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman take in the warmth from the freestanding fireplace at their Two Black Sheds retreat on Wisconsin's Madeline Island.

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