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Creating A Space for Outdoor Entertaining

The city of Houston is no stranger to the heat. However, the end of summer means cooler climate approaches. With temperatures averaging from the high 80s throughout September into October. This usually translates as lounging outside to enjoy the nicer weather. Whether you have a tiny patio or a big backyard creating a beautiful outside area will help you take full advantage when entertaining friends and family. With any great outdoor space, hosting is a must. Here are some great design styles and ideas that can turn your outdoor space from plain old ordinary to extraordinary, that will have your guests wanting to come back for more.  

1. Comfy and Cozy Create an inviting place for guests to relax while you’re grilling burgers. Buy comfortable, outdoor-friendly furniture with oversize comfy cushions for lounging around the fireplace. Adding colorful pillows and placing candle lanterns around that can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining can give a fun cozy touch.
2. Happy Hour Add an outdoor bar with your patio set for a more stylish way to entertain outdoors. A great place to have a cool cocktail, favorite brew or a hot cup of cocoa with your fabulous outdoor parties. Consider using colorful cushions, coasters, and strings of lights to give your happy hour a truly happy feel and to create a festive year-round outdoor entertaining area. 

3. Southern Charm Go with a more southern porch style design, with our mild winters and steamy summers, covered patios and porches are a must. For a smaller porch, a great wicker set can add just the touch while colorful blooming containers truly give your outdoor space that southern charm. Create a sitting area that doubles as an eating area too for entertaining. Bring out a stylish wheeled cooler for those patio parties with friends. They can add style to your cocktail party or barbeque.    

4. Mix and Match A mix and match style can really create a fun decorative feel to your outdoor area. Have your seating area mixed by combining a modern table matched with traditional wicker chairs to really create a more elevated look. Having other chairs around that aren’t the perfect match allows for more seating for those bigger parties around the table but also allows for extra seating by the grill or pool. Adding colorful garden stools matched with metal wall décor can mix it up. This wonderful mix creates a great eclectic style that all of your guests can enjoy.
5. Warm It Up A relaxed seating area around a fire pit allows family and friends to linger outdoors on cool evenings after a great meal. It can be perfect for the poolside.  Add in a few potted plants and lanterns and you have now created a simple but relaxing area for your outdoor oasis.
6. Casual Dining Outdoor dining can be casual if that is your style. You will want to get the right type of wood furniture that is able to withstand the weather. You can easily dress up the table with pretty linens, custom coasters and colorful planters as centerpieces for those special parties. An outdoor rug will help ground the space and add extra style to the design.
Whatever style you prefer or type of space you have there is always room to add style and create that perfect outdoor space for entertaining. Are you in need of more inspiration? Check out our designer-curated Pinterest mood board below for the best furniture, accents, and accessories you can find right here in Houston. If you have no idea where to start, Exclusive Furniture has local design experts who are enthusiastic about lending advice. Drop by one of their 7 Houston-area locations for some inspiration, but if you want to keep on browsing just take a look at their Pinterest board here:  
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