With a few seasonal touches, such as vases made from squash, a rustic picnic table becomes a show-stopping setting for a fall dinner party — without interfering with the spectacular view from Gooseberry Knob at The Swag Country Inn near Waynesville, N.C.
Fall is traditionally the time to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Put that bounty on display by using beautiful fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors and textures to create a lavish centerpiece that spills across the table.
Any time you're arranging chairs around an outdoor dining table, try using a variety of seating styles to maximize capacity. This modest table can seat eight guests comfortably, thanks to a mix of outdoor chairs and a long, wooden bench.
Each of this deck's separate areas are represented through a clever mix of outdoor drapery panels, indoor-outdoor rugs and functional furniture placement. To keep everything cohesive, the same hues are used throughout, including in this outdoor living room.
This expansive deck is divided into three separate areas: a casual dining space, a cozy lounge and a conversational hangout with a fire pit. Although all three areas share the same laid-back approach, each presents a different function.
A comfy lounge space for 12 is created with a modular sofa, Adirondack chairs and collapsible stools on this pergola-covered porch. The oversized coffee table creates the perfect spot for guests to gather around and enjoy conversation from every angle.
Since the holidays are all about entertaining friends and family, set the scene on your front porch with weather-resistant elements that invite people over to sit and stay a while. From the bean bag chairs to the rich wooden bar cart, all of these elements are easy to move around and can be easily stored out of sight in the cold winter months.
A practical way to keep guests feeling warm while also adding color, pattern and texture to your front porch is to keep comfy blankets on display in baskets or crates. To keep the look a little more clean, consider rolling the blankets before placing them into the baskets.
Impromptu guests are always fun to have around the holidays, but supplying enough seating to accommodate them can be a stressor. Make it easy by keeping oversized pillows and floor cushions around, then stack them in your covered porch for no-fuss lounging.
During the holidays it's likely you'll have impromptu guests whether you're entertaining indoors or outdoors. Instead of splurging on extra main seating like armchairs, rockers or sofas, simply keep a few stackable chairs on-hand to handle overflow for extra guests. Chairs can also be used for extra serving space.
This elegant outdoor space has plenty of options for relaxation or entertaining. The lounge area on the back porch provides a larger space for entertaining, while the smaller area around the fire pit gives the family a more intimate option for cool fall nights.
Surrounded by natural stone and lush landscaping, this multi-level pool area is the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining. Water fall features and a custom dolphin sculpture add visual interest to the space.