Your backyard doesn't expire by summer's end. Use these decorating ideas to transition your porch, patio or backyard into autumn.
Bundle up and come on out. On the balcony of 1920s hacienda, a corner fireplace and Hermès throw ward off chillier weather.
Shop a similar look: wooden lounge set ($392, ), metal coffee table ($149, ), orange throw pillow ($27, )
Admired the changing leaves from a well-equipped fire pit. Thom Filicia gave a New York home's campfire a glam edge with bright red adirondack chairs, side tables and striped blankets.
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Snuggling up on an outdoor swing looks like an all-weather activity when it's positioned in a snug alcove. Designer Erin Martin improvised this divan for a Spanish Colonial's loggia using rope, metal rings and wood.
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A New England farmhouse gets multiple seasons' use out of the gallery with a clever color palette. The black wicker and jute rugs look just right in spring, summer and fall.
Shop a similar look: jute rug ($91, ), bright yellow pillow cover ($9, ), black and white cushions ($40, )
That's no small stove. A Hamptons house heats the entire loggia with a massive limestone fireplace. Curling up on one of the sectional sofas sounds extra relaxing under the glow of overhead lanterns.
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The cushioned sofa and chaise lounge look comfy, but the star of this open-air living room is the antique . The canopied nook provides the perfect outdoor reading spot, and the best seat at the dining table.
Shop a similar look: round rug ($104, ), purple and green pillow ($24, ), green bistro set ($160, )
Extend the season of alfresco dining with a freestanding chimney.
Shop a similar look: floral plates ($48, ), tiered centerpiece ($40, ), lanterns ($48, )
Pull back the thick drapes during the day or turn on the paper lanterns at night. Either way, this California pagoda looks perfectly dreamy.
Shop a similar look: colorful pillows ($42, ), striped lumbar pillows ($34, ), paper lanterns ($16, )
Change out summery textiles with fall-hued pillows and cushions. This California house mixed orange fabrics with cool gray tones for the perfect balance.
Shop a similar look: metal coffee table ($149, ), orange pillow cover ($17, ), striped pillow covers ($20, ), white side table ($84, )
Designers Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas's client loves to entertain, so they set up the open-air loggia in a California house, with a fireplace, a flat-screen TV and overhead heat lamps, "so he can use it all year."
Shop a similar look: green pillow cover ($14, ), coffee table ($160, )
A ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Black Knight makes for a handsome porch that's used year-round thanks to a fireplace and fans in a Nashville house decorated by Markham Roberts.
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In a Alabama lake house decorated by Susan Ferrier, a covered dock offers a peaceful spot for a drink in the late afternoon.
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In an upstate New York house designed by architect Gray Davis of Meyer Davis Studio, an outdoor fireplace on the roof deck is a big attraction. "We've hosted many great parties up there," Davis says.
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This is the kind of outdoor table that your family will linger at long after supper is over. The pendant fixture is great for when the days are getting shorter, and the cushions are welcoming for fall lunches, too. Designer Alex Papachristidis chose classic shapes and, rather than bright hues, neutral colors, which work well for fall in this outdoor dining room in Connecticut.
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Designer Tobi Tobin completely revamped the backyard of her modern Hollywood Hills cottage. She used brick from an old patio for the new fireplace and created a terrace from sand mixed with granite. A candlelit chandelier can be raised and lowered by a rope pulley rigged to a tree. It casts a soft glow over Restoration Hardware's Gun Barrel Salvaged Wood dining table and all-weather wicker from World Market.
Shop a similar look: gray pillow covers ($12, ), wicker basket ($89, )
There's no reason why outdoor furniture shouldn't be as comfortable as indoor furniture. In a Santa Monica, California, the inviting daybeds on the upstairs balcony are from the Amalfi collection by Janus et Cie and are covered in outdoor fabric from Kravet. The starry print on two of the pillows is Smith's Star Atlantico in Ocean, from Jasper.
Shop a similar look: hurricane candle holder ($55, ), assortment of blue patterned pillow covers ($44 for four, ), blue blanket ($27, )
The covered porch of this traditional mountain home by architect Ruard Veltman has wood and metal furniture by Ruard Veltman Architecture and offers views of the North Carolina Appalachian mountains.
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In the covered outdoor living room of a Santa Monica, California, home, designer David Dalton created a relaxing year-round space with insulated Sunbrella curtains and a fireplace decorated with custom Talavera tiles by Mission Tile West.
Shop a similar look: blue striped pillows ($34, ), gold tray ($20, ), orange cushions ($99, )
For her Connecticut property, designer Bonnie Edelman carefully crafted a fire pit. "My parents always encouraged us: invest in your own property, not in country clubs," says her husband, John. "So till bedtime it's for s'mores and family bonding. After bedtime it's romantic." Designed with storage in mind, speakers are hidden in the walls of local stone, and logs are stacked under the benches.
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Designer Gil Schafer supplied the private dock of a rehabilitated 1939 Connecticut cottage with reclining chairs, lanterns and large red towels.
Shop a similar look: patio umbrella ($53, ), L.L. Bean towels (), blue adirondack chair and footstool ($254, )