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On the dock

Thom Filicia’s 1930s bungalow lake house in Skaneateles, New York Thom Filicia Lake Side Deck Filicia’s bench/railing would never pass code in Ontario cottage country, but I love the idea of a railing that acts as seating. So practical, and it keeps the view open. I have the same modern chimenea at my cottage, which my contractor found — they are perfect for outdoor fires. Filicia has decorated his deck like an outdoor living room, with small groupings of chairs and tree stump tables, and even an Ikea sheepskin rug to keep it cosy underfoot.

Adding an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit helps to create a focal point for an instant outdoor living room. And it keeps things going after the sun has gone down.