The beauty of entertaining outdoors is that there is no formula to follow. People expect that outdoor parties will have a more casual vibe. And that opens the door to mixing, matching and infusing an outdoor space with your personality.
Designer Betsy Burnham, principal of L.A.-based Burnham Design, says the eclectic look is easy to achieve. “Try mixing rattan with wood. Try bringing in wrought iron, or using pieces from different collections together,” she suggests. “It doesn’t have to be static and certainly doesn’t need to look perfect.”
The key is keeping your focal area in mind. If your event is a wine tasting, the focal point will be the serving table. By varying the shape, scale and material – such as wrought iron and beautiful glossy pottery – you can have it look interesting from any angle, Betsy says.
“You’re more creative than you think you are,” she adds. “ You can mix it together, and it will infuse your vignette or outdoor living room with your personality.”
For more outdoor design tips, see how Betsy creates A Room Without Walls.
An expanse of lawn is more than just a grassy knoll. With an artful approach, it can become a room without walls.
Looking at your lawn or garden in this way liberates the boundaries of outdoor living. Designer Betsy Burnham, principal of LA-based Burnham Design, takes inspiration from indoors to create a comfortable hang-out spot on the lawn. “Set up an outdoor sectional in the backyard,” she suggests. “Then use an area rug to define the space and to set it off from other outdoor areas.”
Finishing the look with coffee tables, side tables, umbrellas and pillows adds visual interest and makes the area more interesting, she adds. Ultimately, your room without walls may become the most lived-in room outside the house.
For more outdoor design tips, watch Mix, Match and Make the Outdoors Yours.
As you shake off the last vestiges of winter and prep your outdoor furniture for another season, you may notice in the fresh light of spring that the cushions look a little past their prime.
Whether they are worn and faded or you simply want a brand-new look, replacing the cushions on your outdoor furniture is the easiest way to transform your outdoor space. No matter where you bought your furniture, you can reimagine your outdoor area using gorgeous Sunbrella® fabrics and famous Frontgate quality.
Taking cues from fashion and art, Frontgate designers work with the best fabric mills to curate a stunning array of durable outdoor fabrics in solids, stripes and prints. These fabrics make their way to our brilliant array of outdoor cushions.
With 54 solid, striped and patterned fabrics, plus 37 styles and sizes, you’re sure to find an all-weather cushion that will make your outdoor seating and dining look and feel brand new. So grab your measuring tape (read “The Right Fit”) and get ready to see your outdoor furniture in a whole new light.
Spring is full of reasons to brunch … Easter, Mother’s Day, bridal showers and more. Rather than serve the usual champagne cocktail, why not try something fresh?
Unlike the garden variety, shrubs for drinking are concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar and vinegar. This centuries-old preservation method is experiencing a new heyday at the hands of creative mixologists. These sweet-and-sour concentrates capture the essence of fresh fruit … so they’re perfect for imbibing before noon.
Courtesy of Kelly Sterling
Makes 1 serving
1½ ounces white tequila
¾ ounce grapefruit shrub, homemade (recipe below) or bottled*
4 ounces soda water
1 grapefruit, sliced crosswise then halved
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
In a highball glass, pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig.
Courtesy of Sunset
Makes 1 quart
3 large red grapefruit
About 1 1/3 cups raw (unpasteurized) coconut vinegar, such as Coconut Secret**
1 cup freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
1 cup raw, unrefined cane sugar***
Cut off peel and white pith from each grapefruit. Next, cut between the inner membranes to release the grapefruit segments; discard membranes. Put fruit in a clean, wide-mouth 1-qt. canning jar. Add enough vinegar to cover. Close jar tightly and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Push down grapefruit until covered by vinegar so vinegar can draw out their flavor. (Keep fruit completely submerged to prevent undesirable bacteria or mold from growing on it.)
Cover jar with a piece of cheesecloth (so air can get in and help start fermentation), and securely attach with a rubber band or the jar ring. Leave at room temperature for about 12 hours.
Discard cheesecloth. Replace with lid and ring, secure tightly, and shake. Keep mixture at room temperature, repeating the vigorous shaking once a day for 7 days.
Pour mixture into a wide strainer set over a bowl. Set aside fruit for another use or discard. Using a funnel, return liquid to jar. Add grapefruit juice and sugar; cover and shake until dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Chill 7 days, shaking the bottle vigorously every day to be sure sugar is dissolved. Use immediately, or chill up to 4 months (shake before using). The shrub will get more syrupy with time.
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*Bottled Texas Grapefruit Shrub can be found at specialty retailers or liberandcompany.com
**Find raw coconut vinegar at natural food stores or use the store locator on coconutsecret.com
***For brighter color, try Trader Joe’s organic evaporated cane juice sugar