The Most Creative Ways to Set Up Outdoor Seating This Summer

04/14/2015 04:01 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2015

By Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest.

These inspired spaces from our archives are brimming with creative ideas for maximizing outdoor seating for your summer entertaining.


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Warm-weather entertaining requires the perfect outdoor space. At her Hamptons home, interior designer Muriel Brandolini fashioned a colorful sitting area using a long custom-made teak sofa topped with vibrant accent pillows.


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Painter Olivier Mourao devised a dreamy seating area at his Ibiza oasis using a white sofa and flowing curtains to add a touch of privacy.


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Bright white cushions line the built-in benches of a Morocco home's sun-splashed terrace.


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Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan achieve contemporary cool at their Shelter Island pool pavilion with a mod sectional sofa and array of colorful pillows.


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An inviting dining area is set against the back wall of a New York City home's lush garden.


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For her Madrid home, decorator Isabel López-Quesada fashioned a romantic courtyard with an antique-inspired daybed and matching chairs.

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