outdoor entertaining

Color Crush: Coral, Pink, Orange by Brooke

It's no secret that I have been loving mood boards lately.  They are as fun to put together as they are useful.  Plus, they are nice to look at.  Lately, I have been having a huge color crush on neon accents for outdoor accessories.  I love the pop of color they bring to lush, green landscaping.  My favorites lately are coral, pink, and orange. Put together my love for mood boards with my obsession with neon accents and I think you know where we're going with this.

First, an inspiration color palette I love:

coral accents


Which led to this mood board:

outdoor accessories

1.  Love the bright folding chairs here.  Thinking even spray painting old chairs might do the trick.

2. Designlush coffee table or bench.

3. I think using those neons as pillow accents is a perfect way for that pop of color.  The three pillows here are Frontgate.  The fabric (great for pillows or cushions) Perennials Fabric.

4. Love this zinc footed bowl (Restoration Hardware) and think pulling in the coral accents from the peonies and dahlias would perfect, though I love the idea of succulents in there as well.

5.  Flowers: Peony (Coral Charm) and Dahlias.

6. Tuuci shade umbrella.  Always a favorite.

7. I thought these drinks would be a fun (and less permanent way) to bring in those neon accents for a summer party.  Don't these look refreshing?

8. Love this throw.  Coral Wind Farm Patterned throw.


There you have it.  So fun, right?  Time to update the outdoor accessories for a new season.


Summer Accessories by Brooke

Yep, it's just about that time again for summer barbecues.  I can almost taste the watermelon.  Yum.  I love getting new accessories for the yard, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining and summer parties.  Here are a few things I spotted this week.


1. Pillows. Crate&Barrel.  Love getting new pillows.  It's an inexpensive way to feel like you are getting brand-new furniture.

2. Metal Tray. West Elm.

3. Drink Tub.  CB2.  I love these.  Nothing like a drink tub to make bottled water look classy.

4. Tablecloth.  Target.

5. Outdoor pouf. Crate&Barrel.  These are great to use as seats or sidetables.  Very fun.

6. Striped umbrella.  Ikea.

7. Lantern. Crate&Barrel.


Found any fun outdoor accessories you love this season?

Mood Boards by Brooke

I have been busy putting together mood boards for a new home we are landscaping this spring.  In fact, we are now about ready for installation time.  It is a lovely home with a beautiful pool and ample entertaining/dining areas.  I really enjoy putting together the inspiration boards and thought I would share a few favorites from this design.  

This first board is inspiration for the fire pit and entertaining area.  I love that this plan provides a lot of seating and an open area for guests to gather around.  Here, the fire pit will be positioned in the center with two chairs on either side and a sofa on the third side, making the whole formation a "U" shape.

Firepit area

1. This is the inspiration for the side table we are making.  There will be two of these and they will sit between the chairs on either side of the fire pit.  Photo from Room & Board.

2. Inspiration for the chairs.  Also from Room & Board.

3.  Solus Elevated Halo fire pit.  Just beautiful, right?  Even the name makes it sound cool.  This is the actual fire pit for the space.

4.  Some vases for the side table to add interest.  These are from Crate & Barrel.

5.  Throw pillows from Target.

6. Inspiration for the sofa.  Photo from Room & Board.


Adjacent to the fire pit and entertaining area will be the dining area.  Some really beautiful pieces here as well.

Dining Area

7. Two of these tables from our furniture line OpenAir.

8.  Accessories for the tables from Crate & Barrel.

9.  Fabric design for a table runner or tablecloth.

10. Chairs for the dining tables, also from OpenAir.

11. Basket for the tables, also from Crate & Barrel.


To finish things off, a lap pool and hot tub area extend the patio further.  It makes me want to go sit by the pool with a book right now.


12.  Baskets (Target) to hold towels and other pool accessories.

13. A few of these chaise lounges (CB2) in a couple different locations for some nice relaxation spots.


The entire set-up is really just breathtaking.  I love watching it all come together.






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 s4gambling.com/fi/ 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.


patio mood board by Brooke

modern landscape design Here's some inspiration pieces for an upcoming project we have.  The home is beautiful and will be featured in a home show this September.  This is the mood board specific to the patio and outdoor entertaining.  So much fun.  I love how everything is coming together.


All the furniture will be designed and built by our own brand, Open Air Furniture.  Stay tuned for some great pictures from this one.

On to Firetables by Brooke

What's with all the fire posts?  Seriously, you'd think we live on s'mores or something.  Wait.  Oh, I guess we do.  At least on graham crackers anyway.  

I thought I'd share one of our latest obsessions -- the fire table.  firepit

Stunning, right?


These are becoming a lot more popular.  Why?  First, they are unique and beautiful.  They have a nice modern look, but can also be very classic and subtle, too.  They use natural gas and actually give off great heat, unlike other fire elements that are more for show.  Here you may actually take your sweater off and enjoy a cool summer evening.


Also, I love these because there is no smoke with the natural gas, always a bonus since it means less laundry and stinky guests.  Besides, you won't look like an idiot dodging those annoying smoke clouds like you do with a wood-burning fire.  And a lot safer than the real thing, too.



Easy to cover when not in use without looking out of place.

outdoor entertaining

Did I mention they turn off/on with a remote?  I think it's time to sit back and enjoy those cool summer evenings.

loving the firepits by Brooke

Yes, summer is finally here.  I mean really here.  Like triple digit temperatures and long beautiful sunsets and keeping kids awake far past their bedtime.  Spending summer evenings outdoors is a given, and it seems that I rarely have a client who doesn't consider putting a firepit in.  And none that regret it.

It is a beautiful fixture and really can become the focal point for your landscaping.  Firepits also extend the life of your yard by adding light and entertainment long after the sun has gone down.  Which is especially nice in Cache Valley when the summers feel so short.

Stone and moss

We have put in some beautiful firepits over the years and continue to do so.  Some gas, some wood burning.  The wood burning are the least expensive and make the best marshmallows.  Plus, you can brush up on your boy scout skills.  But let's face it.  They are stinky and smoky, requiring lots of showers and laundry.  And they come with restrictions.

Gas firepits are more expensive to install but can be closer to the home and can give you the perfect flame by flipping a switch.

Outdoor landscaping

Either way, the final result can be just breathtaking.


hurry, it's almost here by Brooke


Any fun plans for the Fourth of July?  Here, they do the fireworks on the 3rd for some reason, so it is almost upon us!!  Found some more simple DIYs for outdoor Fourth of July entertaining.  I'm all about simple over here.


Ready to throw up a few simple decorations, slice up a watermelon, and pick up a whole bunch of sparklers at the dollar store.  Can't wait!

a few good ideas by Brooke

diy outdoor entertaining

I am loving these garland DIY's from apartment therapy.  So pretty and fun.  Who knew dixie cups could look so classy?

Plus, I love the idea of moving indoor furniture outdoors.

On the heels of summer solstice, I have been anxious to host more summer barbecues while the light is still in our favor.  This is just the inspiration I needed.