Outdoor dining is typically a casual affair—but it doesn’t have to be. Surprise and delight your guests by setting an outdoor table with all the hallmarks of an indoor dinner party: masses of candlesticks, beautiful florals, and your favorite crystal. Encourage lingering over after-dinner coffee by adding soft cushions to the seats, and providing throws for added warmth on chilly evenings.
This contemporary living room features the full spectrum of blue hues, from the deep blue draperies to the tie-die bench to the bright blue cushions on the outdoor seating. A hanging chair adds a fun, family-friendly vibe to the space, while a large sectional sofa invites family and guests to lounge.
The hanging wicker chair brings a charming outdoor-like element to the indoor design. A fur seat cushion throw adds a soft texture to the chair and compliments the white base of the room. A southwestern patterned rug adds a layer of color over the thick weaved rug below.
This small outdoor patio is located just adjacent to the home's main patio. Flat-topped bench rock boulders were cut into paver stones in various gray hues for the patio floor. Black wrought iron chairs with red and white striped cushions are positioned on either side of a bistro table, and multiple perennial plantings surround the seating area.
Oversized cushioned wicker chairs shaded by a muted umbrella, offer comfort before the outdoor fireplace – with inset birdhouse – constructed in multicolored stonework. A complementary walkway borders manicured rows of shrubbery which form a perimeter around beds of wildflowers. Accent pillows on the chairs draw from the color of the surrounding greenery.
This elegant covered patio in a calming gray and white color palette allows the faux flower arrangements to pop. A tall concrete-inspired planter is filled with faux flowers and boxwoods and is positioned beside a cushioned outdoor sofa with pillows. Below the ceiling fan, a wooden coffee table is decorated with a tray of small neutral vases and faux greenery.
This charming transitional pool house features an open yet sheltered design that makes it the perfect spot for an outdoor event. Fretwork on a series of "windows" adds a modern touch to the space, as do the clean-lined rug and cushions. Woven furniture is traditional yet designed to withstand the elements.
One door leads to a storage area for cushions and other outdoor items and the other to a convenient bathroom for changing into a swimsuit and to keep swimmers from tracking water into the main house. On the other side of the space is a built-in bar that Rollins uses as a self-service bar for parties, bringing coolers outside for drinks.
The roof is extended off the doors to the pool area to create shaded patios around the pool. A pair of lounge chairs with bright blue cushions bring a pop of color to the space and have the perfect view for relaxing outdoors. Pavers are used to create a geometric surround around the pool, while grass in between softens the hardscaping.
Many homeowners are apprehensive to experiment with color inside of their homes. Ease into color by introducing it to your outdoor living room with removable elements like floor cushions and throw pillows. To ensure the pillows add visual depth, be sure to choose ones with texture and pattern as well as color.
For those who would rather take in the jaw-dropping views than splash around in the pool, plenty of outdoor living spaces are at hand. For ultimate views, guests can enjoy a seat from the balcony, or for more comfortable conversation, they can relax in the cushioned seating on the covered patio. And for those who want on the front lines, poolside seating awaits.
You may not necessarily have an electrical spool lying around the house, but you can easily find them, and they're oftentimes free at many home improvement stores. Wooden spools are excellent for keeping the garden hose tidy outdoors; they can be cushioned and repurposed into an ottoman, or they can be turned into a flea-market style storage table.
Complementary shades of blue and orange decorate this inspired dining space. Orange carpet tiles by Flor anchor the eating area, which features a long, rustic-industrial table matched with chairs in two metallic finishes, as well as a whimsical outdoor bench repurposed with bold blue paint and custom cushions. A beamed ceiling adds warmth and interest to the space and continues the earthy color palette.
The homeowner had an empty room that she wanted to transition into a classical home library. The room is situated directly adjacent to her formal living room and was created using character grade walnut. Featuring built-in cabinetry and ottomans with green velvet cushions, the color of which were chosen to mimic the outdoors and enhance the wood tones in the space, the library space has plenty of seating, but the ottomans are not fixed, meaning that they can be relocated to provide additional seating to the formal living room if necessary.