The Perks of Creating an Outdoor Home

After so much time spent cooped up indoors, we want to spend practically every waking moment this summer outside. And we aren’t talking about roughing it. You can bring along your favorite activities – along with the lived-in luxury of all your indoor spaces – to create the ultimate outdoor home. Here’s how:

Throw an Outdoor Dinner Party

There’s nothing stuffy about outdoor dining. Enjoy the fresh air with your guests at a well-appointed table. The finest melamine dinnerware will have your friends stunned it’s not ceramic – and keep things patio-safe. Have a wine caddy on hand to avoid trips into the house for refills, and keep the culinary delights coming with outdoor-ready serveware.

Weston wine caddy

Elevate Your Barbecue

In the summertime, the grill becomes your outdoor kitchen. With a little help from our Westport Kitchen Collection, you can ensure yours is the perfect blend of function and style, providing all the space you need to serve up the best seasonal bites. (Or sips, as the case may be … hello, bar carts!)

Westport teak kitchen

Westport aluminum kitchen

Take Your Espresso Alfresco

No need to fly to Rome or Paris to get an authentic bistro experience. Take your favorite coffee alfresco, easing into the day at your own bistro dining table and chairs. After all, sometimes jet setting is just a state of mind.

French bistro chairs

Invite a Bit of Friendly Competition

Whether it’s a family game night or fun with friends, playing games like table tennis, pool and foosball isn’t restricted to the basement anymore. Couple these classics with inventive swimming pool games and activities, and you’re bound to have a summer full of laughter.

Spend the Day Poolside

No summer day is complete without some serious pool time. Make it an extension of your living room with luxurious loungers, playful pool floats and colorful beach towels. This is your oasis… outfit it accordingly.

Create Your Secret Garden

While indoor house plants might be all the rage, nothing will ever beat a timeless garden brimming with blooms. Create a sanctuary for quiet time and reflection, outfitted with planters of every shape and size. Don’t have a green thumb? Incorporate faux greenery so lifelike, your friends and family will be none the wiser.

bench with plants


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