“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
On the far side of the swimming pool, a cabana with a flatscreen TV and fireplace gives the owners a spot to relax in the shade. Bistro lights line the top of the structure and shine across this outdoor space at night.
At night, bistro lights and a working fireplace cast an enchanting glow across this chic dining space. With a table set for six, the owners and their guests can enjoy dinner al fresco and then head to the fire pit for drinks.
With a long table and six cushioned chairs, the back patio makes dining al fresco virtually effortless. During the day, the pergola offers shade from the sun, while at night, bistro lights and a custom fire pit keep things warm.
With its bistro lights, hydrangea bushes and views of the balcony above, this patio becomes a romantic retreat right in the owners' backyard. Here, a traditional wood table and set of chairs encourage dining al fresco, while the formal sitting area waits at the ready for drinks.
A covered porch has a simple rustic style thanks to a wood floor and ceiling, rocking chairs and eclectic knickknacks. A blue metal bench, white armchair and glass-and-metal coffee table round out the sitting area.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
Bistro lights are the finishing touch on this modern courtyard, illuminating the wood furniture, bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite and rustic container. Drought-tolerant plants surround the patio, adding a flair of green to complete the space.
These vintage-style pendants illuminate the quartz countertops and wooden barstools, an ideal spot for the family to congregate. The dining spot sits adjacent to a covered patio, bringing in lots of natural light.
A color palette of khaki, sage and cream gets an infusion of vivid orange with a contemporary glass pendant light that brightens up this eat-in kitchen. A bistro-style table and chairs provides an eating area without taking up unnecessary space.