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7 ways to bring the outdoors in

Lights, seating, action!
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Patio furniture

A favorite way to extend your home to the great outdoors? Outdoor lighting, says Novogratz.

Brightening outdoor living spaces with exterior lights, like a string draped across a railing or around a tree, "makes it cozy and decorative," she says.

And that goes double for seating. "Create sitting areas on your patio or in your grass, so that you feel like you're in the living room outside," Novogratz says.

Pro tip: Think in terms of clusters -- a seating group with a table and enough pillows to make things comfortable, she says.

"It's just treating your outdoor space as though it's a room," Novogratz says.




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