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This Belcaro Backyard Looks Like a Monet Painting

The Denver designers behind the al fresco dining space give us a tour.

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Interior designers Mary Knape and Kelly Zibell of Denver firm Knape & Zibell had a head start when they began dreaming up this al fresco living area. The Belcaro garden had been manicured to a tee by the property’s original owners, who, after building their home in 1947, planted saplings and seeds acquired from the Denver Botanic Gardens. Over the years, the foliage flourished, creating such layered lushness—think: thriving geraniums, bougainvillea, mint, and potato vines—the garden could be mistaken for a quiet corner of Giverny. The designers kept the charming vibe alive when creating the outdoor dining room, pairing the homeowner’s Restoration Hardware dining table and chairs with Cynthia Rowley Home tableware and hard-wearing lanterns from Home Goods. “The most comfortable and gracious outdoor spaces typically have soft components mixed with iron or wood,” says Zibell, noting that a combination of indoor/outdoor rugs, candlelight, and outdoor pillows works wonders in making guests want to linger. La vie est belle!

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