Outdoor living….

With the wonderfully cool temperatures we are now experiencing in this part of the world, my thoughts have been turning to outdoor rooms….I think that if the weather permits, extending one’s home outside and making use of the extra room is a great idea.

I  love the idea of taking indoor furniture outside to create a separate room entirely….even if only for a special dinner or a party, to sit on a sofa or armchair under the stars makes for a wonderfully original evening!

dinner under the stars (image via sweet home style)

This image above is really inspirational…..the combination of sparkly lights and greenery and crisp white linen is spectacular!

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While sourcing products for a project last week, I found a shop selling these  Chinese paper lanterns and I thought it would be wonderful to use them in some way….this would be perfect! Strung alongside the electric lights they look magical…..

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This table looks like it may have been set up for a wedding but the individual lanterns are wonderful and the whole idea would be perfect for a dinner party for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

image via garden of simple

I can just imagine the kind of relaxed and casual dinner which is about to happen here….cosy blankets for the chilly night air complete the perfection!

image via marthastewart.com

And don’t forget a waiter to serve you dinner…..I love the lanterns filled with rose petals….