Creating an alfresco entertaining zone - regardless of the size of your outdoor area - can be done in myriad ways. Start by getting clear about how you intend to use your space and what it will take to make it work for you, then let your imagination soar.
Check out our outdoor kitchen feature for the best ways to create your dream cooking zone. Discover our vast selection of outdoor furniture and tips for choosing the right pieces to create a relaxing lounging area or functional dining space. Read about the best way to create additional entertaining space with our exploration on patios, pergolas and pavilions … oh my!
If you’re looking to add a little Zen to your space, a strategically placed water feature provides that soothing flow so many of us are drawn to. Take your entertaining into the colder months with the installation of a firepit, or simply make a statement by placing a fiery sculpture in your environs that will get everybody talking.
Don’t have a yard? Working within the confines of a balcony or courtyard doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or functionality. Pots and planters are an ideal way to bring in greenlife without a yard, while the right scale furniture can help make your space look larger, and adding lighting and soft furnishings will give your balcony a plush and cozy feel.
Whatever your entertaining wants or outdoor footprint, everything you need to design your ideal entertaining zone and make the most of your patch of paradise can be achieved with a little clever planning.