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The Way We Live Alfresco

Stafford Cliff

photography by Gilles de Chabaneix



9.4×8.9in • 24.1×22.5cm

256 pages

300 color photographs

index included

ISBNs: 0060787805 • 9780060787806

Collins Design • 2005

The Way We Live Alfresco combines Stafford Cliff's unerring eye with the remarkable photography of Gilles de Chabaneix to present a marvelous portrayal of the delights of living alfresco. An indispensable reference for getting the best of living outdoors, this book is organized into five specific sections: Outside the Home, Transitional Spaces, Rooms Outside, Bringing the Outside In, and Living Outside.

Each fully illustrated section brings the reader to the heart of what it means to live and dine alfresco-in the open, but closely in touch with the good things of life. From buildings specifically created away from the main home, to the decorative use of natural objects such as stones and leaves inside the home, this book will provide an endless source of inspiration for those seeking to bring comfort and style to their outdoor living.

With 300 full-color photographs that take advantage of every opportunity to make cross-cultural comparisons and connections, The Way We Live Alfresco is sure to dazzle every reader with the beauties of the alfresco lifestyle.

Table of Contents


Outside the Home

Reclaiming Nature

Transitional Spaces

Verandas, Terraces, Patios, Conservatories

Rooms Outside

Gazebos, Belvederes, Pavilions, Summerhouses

Bringing the Outside In

Alfresco Decorations

Living Outside

The Alfresco Lifestyle

Stafford Cliff was formerly Creative Director of the Conran Design Group in London. He is the author of many books on interior design, decoration, and lifestyle.

Photographer Gilles De Chabaneix began his career in 1972 working for Marie Claire Maison, and has since worked for magazines throughout the world. His beautiful photographs have also been published in many books.

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