In the few decades it took outdoor grills to go from something that held a bag of charcoal and a plate of hamburgers to machines commodious and powerful enough to roast a fatted calf, homeowners have set up alfresco kitchens, weatherproofed dining areas, and generally moved their entertaining outside. Manufacturers have responded with regular unveilings of new outdoor appliances: refrigerators, ovens, and even kitchen sinks. But nothing stirs as much excitement as the annual debut of new grills.
That hint of lilac in the air is the signal to revisit your patio decor and make ready for nights warm enough to move soirees outdoors. The emphasis on color in recent seasons prompted an abundance of stylish furniture to hit the market, along with planters and tabletop accessories in hues from soft, springtime blues to neon yellow.
The owners of this Camden, Maine, home love to throw large dinner parties, so Rockport-based designer Deborah Chatfield kept the design simple. “They wanted the feeling of Tuscan loggia, so we used stone and had our cabinet maker build a long wood table,” she says.
From Russ Faulk at Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet: "This is the pizza I make most frequently at our plant in Kalamazoo when we have a pizza oven fired up. The ingredients come together quickly, and the pizza tastes fantastic."
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