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Outdoor spaces — whether open-air or enclosed — have come into their own as legitimate rooms.

“Today’s outdoor rooms have it all – somewhere to dine, to relax and be entertained, with furnishings that function like they would for any room in the home, and with style and flair that distinctly says out-of-doors," says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and executive director of its outdoor division, the International Casual Furnishings Association. 

Dining table options in all sizes and ultra-comfortable seating are topping people’s outdoor shopping lists this year (followed by lounge chairs, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas and sofas).  

Much like spaces indoors, outdoor rooms are leaning more toward mixing rather than matching, both in individual pieces and in groups of pieces. Manufacturers are offering pieces that incorporate several different elements such as aluminum, wicker and teak, as well as groups that pair, for example, wicker seating with iron and wood tables.

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