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Part of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard in (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Part of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard in Southold is designed for outdoor meals. (June 17, 2012)

Designing outdoor living spaces

Here is some inspiration for designing outdoor living space from three Long Island backyards -- in Atlantic Beach, Huntington and Southold.

The Baltimore Design Center was hired to decorate
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The Baltimore Design Center was hired to decorate a sprawling space behind this seaside home in Atlantic Beach. "We wanted it very simple, very clean, almost austere," founder Keith Baltimore says.

Keith Baltimore, who designed this outdoor space for
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Keith Baltimore, who designed this outdoor space for an Atlantic Beach home, says he likes low-upkeep environments and concentrating on one theme rather than overdoing it by mixing styles.

To keep this Atlantic Beach home's outdoor space
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To keep this Atlantic Beach home's outdoor space easy to maintain, designer Keith Baltimore picked waterproof furnishings, incorporating black and white striped throw pillows and touches of blue and white to bring the interior and exterior together.

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An Atlantic Beach home's backyard, designed by Baltimore
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An Atlantic Beach home's backyard, designed by Baltimore Design Center.

A dining area for entertaining is a strong
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A dining area for entertaining is a strong element in the outdoor living space of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio of Southold. (June 17, 2012)

A view of the backyard garden oasis at
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A view of the backyard garden oasis at the Huntington home of Susan Nussdorf. (June 20, 2011)

Statues are positioned throughout the backyard of the
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Statues are positioned throughout the backyard of the Huntington home of Susan Nussdorf. (June 20, 2011)

Most things in Susan Nussdorf's backyard in Huntington
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Most things in Susan Nussdorf's backyard in Huntington have been purchased from nurseries over the years, she says. (June 20, 2011)

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"I can fit maybe 50 people in my backyard, and you might not see all of them at once," Susan Nussdorf says of her Huntington home's outdoor space. (June 20, 2011).

A sundial and hydrangea in the Susan Nussdorf's
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A sundial and hydrangea in the Susan Nussdorf's garden oasis in Huntington. (June 20, 2011)

Peonies grace a poolside table in Susan Nussdorf's
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Peonies grace a poolside table in Susan Nussdorf's backyard in Huntington. (June 20. 2011)

Susan Nussdorf says the backyard of her Huntington
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Susan Nussdorf says the backyard of her Huntington home has evolved over nearly three decades. (June 20, 2011)

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"I want it to look like I didn't do anything," Susan Nussdorf says of the backyard of her Huntington home. "I think that's a kind of perfection -- the imperfection of it." (June 20, 2011)

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A dining area is part of the outdoor
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A dining area is part of the outdoor living space of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard, in Southold. (June 17, 2012)

The outdoor living space design includes a pool
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The outdoor living space design includes a pool in Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard in Southold. (June 17, 2012).

Part of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard in
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Part of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's backyard in Southold is designed for outdoor meals. (June 17, 2012)

Flowers climb the fence making a welcoming entrance
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Flowers climb the fence making a welcoming entrance to the backyard of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's home in Southold. (June 17, 2012)

Steppingstones enhance the sunning area in the backyard
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Steppingstones enhance the sunning area in the backyard of Dean and Barbara Dimaggio's home in Southold. (June 17, 2012)

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