Design Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Gathering outdoors has always been popular. Whether you have a large backyard or a small terrace, the outdoor area is where families get together for BBQ, drinks, and good times.

It’s all about first impressions

Just as homeowners think about curb appeal and the first impression guests will have when they enter a home, I give a lot of thought to how people will enter the backyard. When we’re entertaining outside, people aren’t always coming through the house. Make your space a standout—it can be something as dramatic as a path flanked with trees that opens up to a larger space, or some gorgeous pavers that help guide the way.

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Carve out different entertainment zones

My approach to outdoor design is very much inspired by my studies in interior design–I like to create different intimate vignettes that invite guests to linger as they discover the spot. Just as open floor plans require that space be divided and defined for different uses, the same can be said for outdoor spaces.

Create private and/or hidden spaces

I encourage homeowners to create outdoor spaces that feel cozy and intimate. Try using hedges and trees to frame the space, and add a bench or two so guests can mingle and relax.

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