Outdoor Entertaining Ideas & Summer Party Planning

Essentials for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Room

Whether you're entertaining or catching up on some R&R, there are certain aspects of an outdoor room that can make it that much more enjoyable. Check out our must-haves to make your space the most lived-in room outside the house.

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Incorporate Nature

No outdoor room is complete without a bit of lush landscaping, but designer Jamie Durie took it to the next level when he incorporated a vertical garden full of edible plants onto the sides of this dining pergola. The homeowners wanted an urban garden where they could eat what they grow, along with a sustainable design with a contemporary edge. This outdoor dining area is the perfect space for entertaining guests, but still incorporates the productivity the homeowners desire. Plus, the vertical garden creates a wall of privacy that makes the dining experience even more intimate and secluded from the rest of the yard. A vertical garden also makes outdoor dining more interactive, too — if your food needs a bit more flavor, just pick off a few leaves from one of the many garden offerings.

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