O utdoor entertaining lends itself naturally to a relaxed aesthetic that conjures up memories of unhurried summer evenings with family and friends. In a lush, private Uptown garden, Jeanette and Doug Slakey entertain in just that way. Cocktails while kids swim, laid back family gatherings and intimate dinner parties under the moonlight – the Slakeys have a tried and true approach that makes backyard sipping and dining as welcoming and relaxed as they are. "Keep it simple and seasonal," explains Jeanette. "We use our outdoor dining room and lounge areas all year round as a true extension of our house; we practically live out here. So it is very easy to flow with the seasons, changing accent colors with flowering annuals and decorating the tables to greet any occasion." A classic blue and white color scheme – built around Jeanette's vast collection of ceramics – infuses the porch and patio with a fresh, crisp vibe that pairs nicely with endless color combinations. All of the outdoor furniture is mismatched in a good way, painted the same clean color – Benjamin Moore's Bone White – and upholstered in



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