The Chat Group

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What, exactly is a chat group? How is it different from a seating group? The term “seating group” and “dining group” have historically been used to distinguish between two types of outdoor furniture arrangements each of which serve different functions: conversational seating and dining. So, where does the chat group fit in?

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A chat group would certainly be included in the broader term seating group, but focuses a little more on the type of furniture contained within the group. A chat group differs from the seating group as having four or more chairs placed around a central table or fire pit in contrast to a group which includes the more traditional sofa, love seat, chairs, and occasional tables.

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Domaine Home

A group of chairs surrounding a central feature (a table or fire source, for instance) places everyone in a cozy arrangement, equidistant from food, fire and each other. Encouraging conversation, the chat group, with a coffee or taller conversation table, is more casual than a dining set but still can be used for snacking and light meals.

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With a fire pit, the chat group exists for people to have fun, enjoy camaraderie, and let their hair down.

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Better Homes and Gardens

The chat group is all about people, conversing, and sharing stories. If you already have a more traditional seating group, try to find a spot where you can create a chat group for less formal, and more intimate, gatherings. You may find that this new group becomes your favorite outdoor spot.

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The Coffee Table in the Outdoor Room

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House of Turquoise

Let’s talk coffee—or, at least, coffee tables. Outdoor coffee table, to be specific. Yes or no? While most people wouldn’t think of placing a sofa inside their home without adding a coffee table in front of it, many people opt not to include one in the outside patio furniture grouping. It something I find quite interesting since our goal is to create an outdoor room that feels like an indoor room and a coffee table not only helps to anchor the seating group but its functionality is self-evident.

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A Folly in the Garden

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The definition of a folly (as used in terms of architecture) is a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose. Once, only royalty and the very wealthy could afford such frivolous structures.

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Those structures that resemble an ancient ruin, far-away castle, Asian pagoda, or perhaps, even a fantasy structure without a point of architectural reference certainly qualify as follies in today’s garden.

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Garden sheds, guest and pool houses, and other utilitarian structures are not really included in this definition but I like to think of the more . . . → Read More: A Folly in the Garden

Outdoor Furniture, Naturally

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Recycle…Organic…Natural…Buzzwords of the twenty-first century. While we aren’t ready to give up on man-made materials or using science and technology to create products we use, the ability to reuse something existing and to use things of the earth feeds our twenty-first century desire to be gentle to the earth. Well aware that this delicate planet is changing (for whatever reasons you choose to believe), it is chic, hip, and responsible to try to leave as small a footprint as we can as we journey around this planet. Found items may have once been the source of a . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture, Naturally

Build it and They Will Come

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I am one who always likes to keep my design options open. I have always enjoyed arranging and rearranging a room and never tire of moving furniture and accessories around as I “play”. I can do this for hours and thoroughly enjoy myself the entire time. It’s that interior design gene…

So, it surprises me that I am such a big fan of built-in furniture. Attaching furniture to something appeals to me; perhaps it represents grounding and permanency. Inside the home I love built in window seats and dining room banquettes. Outside, I am drawn to a large . . . → Read More: Build it and They Will Come