Design your Space: Part IV / by Brooke

Finally, you have everything put together: floor, walls, roof.  You"ve put in pavers, planted tall shade trees, assembled umbrellas, and nailed down the pergola -- now it"s time to talk seating.  Seating, you ask?  Really?  Yes.  Really.  There is nothing more frustrating to me than designing a beautiful yard with ample room for entertaining only to see two dinky outdoor chairs placed haphazardly on the patio.  Come on, people!

After investing in a great yard, you want to be able to use that investment.  Which is why functional seating is so important.  Again, there are lots of options. (Do I sound like a broken record?)

You can do permanent seating, designed and built specifically for your space.  Like this bench.


via remodelista

I love this.  Benches are awesome for entertaining.  They We have a growing list of all the latest video and retro slots as well as all the classics you've grown to love such as Blackjack and Roulette. fit a lot of people.  They are great to eat a meal on, and you can always throw on some pillows to make them more exciting.

The built-in variety are great but they are, in fact,  built-in (duh).  Not quite as easy to switch out if you are wanting to change things up.  So buying outdoor furniture is another option and will still give you a great result.

outdoor seating

Really nice.  This came from a client of mine who added succulents to the smallish pots on the table.  I like the comfort here.  Almost feels like an outdoor living room.

Something else to consider is natural seating.  Like in this job.

outdoor entertaining

Remember this?  We were covering up a retention pond and loved the result.  Big grass steps great for an outdoor party.  More comfortable than concrete but a little more casual than actual furniture.  And seats a lot more, too.

And the best part of outdoor seating?  Accessories, of course.  Adding pillows and cushions is certainly the fun part and adds a lot of flair.  And because pillows are so easy to replace, you can indulge guilt-free.

I have literally been drooling over this line of modern outdoor fabrics.  I have about 10,000 projects going through my mind already.  And that"s just the beginning.

modern outdoor fabric

via design milk

Take stock of your own yard and evaluate your seating.  Is it functional?  Boring?  Classic? Non-existent? It"ll make a difference, I promise.