Setting the Outdoor Table

Outdoor Dining Decor

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Dining outside may be considered casual but that doesn’t mean that setting a nice table and providing an appealing tablescape are not important. On the contrary, taking the meal outside is a perfect excuse to try your hand at a more casual style of decorating and perhaps incorporating elements you wouldn’t otherwise use.

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While more and more accessories are made to be used outside, it is not necessary to restrict yourself to these items. It’s ok to use pieces that you use inside but why not use them differently? Mix things up—yes, even the dishes. Brainstorm what other uses some of your beloved accessories may serve and see if you can reinvent their usefulness (and the joy they give you) outside.

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A centerpiece is a good idea on any dining table. Unfortunately, there is often a scarcity of space on the table, so it’s a good idea to keep the scale on the smaller side but make sure it has a big impact. Flowers from the yard are an instant hit and will beg the question, “Are these from your yard?” This serves as a great conversation starter and can generate lively dialog with interesting stories. A simple vase, mason jar, pitcher, or teapot are a few container ideas.

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Using fresh greenery from the yard is an inexpensive way to decorate and show off your creativity. Branches, leaves, acorns, berries, moss, and rocks are interesting additions to your tablescape. You can craft leaves into a runner and use this as a base on which to layer the rest of your design.

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Tie herbs such as chives or flowers around your napkins and utensils.

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I like to take one of my pashmina’s and use it for a table runner. Inexpensive and often brightly colored, these liven up a table and are easily cleaned if any spills occur.

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Shallow bowls running down a long table, each containing a floating flower, are simple and discreet but show your flair and attention to detail. On a round table, use one large bowl with several blooms, or perhaps, a cluster of small bowls grouped together.

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For evening, simply add candle light or solar powered lanterns. Small votives can be used singly or clustered on the tabletop. Lanterns lined up down the length of the table, or, again, clustered in the center of a round table, look striking at night.

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Decorating the table surface is not the only way to decorate for an event. If you are under the trees, consider hanging a branch or pole over the table and using that for your décor. Hang votives, lanterns, or small bud bases at varying heights above the table. Decorate the pole with flowers and greenery. Cut out and hang shapes to create a theme for a specific type of gathering.

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If you are running short on table space, consider decorating the chairs instead. Make a garland or wreath with fresh finds and hang one on each chair. Or, tie a swath of fabric around the chair and weave a few flowers or greens into the knot.

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Whether you are hosting a big event or an intimate dinner with friends, adding a few special decorative elements shows you care, makes your guests feel special, and makes your outdoor dining room shine.
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Mon Dieu! That’s a Lot of Outdoor Chairs.

125th Anniversary Eiffel Tower and Fermob Bistro Chair

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2014 marks the 125th anniversary of one of the world’s most recognizable structures—the Eiffel Tower.

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Designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel as the entrance arch to the 1889 Paris World’s Fair, the tower was then the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the Washington Monument, the reigning tallest building until that time.

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Mr. Eiffel believed the Efffel Tower would be to Paris what the pyramids were to Egypt, a grand, lasting structure that would be admired by people all over the world. In retrospect, it seems that Mr. Eiffel was a visionary with . . . → Read More: Mon Dieu! That’s a Lot of Outdoor Chairs.

DIY Tiki Torch for your Outdoor Room

Turn Wine and Liquor Bottles Into Custom Tiki Torches

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Have you ever thought that there must be something to do with those great looking wine, liquor, and other bottles? Sometimes it’s the shape or color of the bottle that speaks to you. Sometimes it’s the label. Sometimes it’s the memory of a good time with friends or family that you want to recall later.

Well, here’s a great DIY upcycle reuse for them: turn them into tiki torches for your porch, patio, or deck.

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After all, light is an important part of any outdoor room. Light from a flickering flame is romantic and captivating. . . . → Read More: DIY Tiki Torch for your Outdoor Room

Outdoor Furniture: Hanging Beds in the Outdoor Room

Add A Unique Touch to Your Outdoor Room With a Swinging Bed

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There is nothing like a lazy day spent outside swinging away. The simple back and forth rocking motion of a swing calms and soothes and, for many of us, lulls us into sleep. And, while a swing may be the first thing we think of when we want to include a motion piece of outdoor furniture, it is not the only piece that would fulfill our needs.

Right now, I am thinking more along the lines of an outdoor swinging bed.

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Big and full of throw pillows and a favorite comforter . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture: Hanging Beds in the Outdoor Room

Lutyens Bench – Classic Outdoor Furniture

The Standard in Garden Benches

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A classic in the world of outdoor furniture, the Lutyens Bench is named after Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). A British architect, Sir Edwin is often referred to as the greatest British architect and it is no stretch to claim that he is the best known.

Considered rather whimsical when designed, today the” Lutyens” Bench is considered a standard in the world of garden benches and is revered by gardeners, designers, and homeowners alike as the ultimate bench for use in a formal setting. Ironic, isn’t it? Sir Edwin designed this piece to be a bit . . . → Read More: Lutyens Bench – Classic Outdoor Furniture