With a little creativity, you can add gathering areas all over the house, inside and out. A couple of chairs (piled with festive pillows and layered with throws, of course) and a few decorative accents are all it takes to make an inviting nook right beside the front door.
Sidle on up to the bar and watch the chef grill your supper on this super-sized outdoor entertainment area. A pergola painted white provides both shade and a nice contrast to leaves of any color, and a game pad ensures fun for all.
Brightly colored throw pillows and modernist orange cubes for seating make an inviting visual impression against the earth tones of wooden benches and a stucco coated concrete backdrop in this renovation detail.
Set the tone for outdoor entertaining by using a mixture of fieldstone in different palettes. This home's round fire pit is part of an exquisite outdoor entertaining area with wicker seating from Summer Classics and cozy deep cushions that still has a rustic essence.