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Fans for hot days and space heaters for cold nights can help make a patio feel even more like an “outdoor living room,” as seen in this backyard sitting area designed by Abbe Fenimore. Designers say that outdoor furnishings have come a long way. Look for rugs, lighting, sofas and more. (Melanie Johnson Photography/Abbe Fenimore via AP)

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Ask A Designer: 3 pros discuss creating an outdoor room

Designers often talk about the perfect “outdoor living room” — a deck or patio that combines the comfort and style of indoor decorating with the pleasure of relaxing outside.