Have fun bringing the indoors out. Don’t be afraid to combine traditional indoor elements with the outdoors.
If you’re entertaining a lot, don’t be averse to using everyday indoor decor on your patio or deck. It’s a very inexpensive way to brighten up outdoor living space, even if it’s just for one evening.
And when it comes to actually having dinner outside, don’t be afraid of using real dishware. We’ve become very accustomed to everything being disposable so when we think of entertaining outside, we’re thinking about paper or plastic plates, plastic forks and spoons, and plastic cups. But don’t be afraid to use your regular dinnerware or even your good china. And everything doesn’t have to match.
Mix up elements so you have some contrast between casual and elegant pieces. Pull in unusual elements: shells, rocks, collectible pieces. Think about what you have and how you can use it to create a unique party environment. Old board games as centerpieces shot glasses as bud vases, Christmas tree twinkle lights as dressing along an arbor can all create character on a plain patio.
Dallas Architect Laura Davis, AIA is a Principal and Director of Marketing at HPD Architecture. She often recommends bringing the indoors out to her clients. Learn more about her custom design services for residential and commercial projects in the North Texas, Dallas area. For more information please call 214.751.2300.