DO get cozy and stay awhile. Why not sink into pillows and even bring out your blanket on those days that are not quite warm enough.
DO have fun with bright colors in the garden.
Don't forget an umbrella when you need some shade. They come in a ton of cute patterns and colors these days.
DO create areas for conversations, and provide a spot for plopping down drinks and/or your feet.
DO inhabit your garden. Stick your furniture right out in the middle of everything
DO consider built in benches. These serve as an edge and as seats.
DO consider outdoor space as more rooms in your home. This setup could practically exist in an indoor living room.
DO keep the grillmaster company.
DO provide a place to gather for meals.
DO consider plushing things up. With all of the Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics out there these days, there's no excuse not to.
DO hang a porch swing whenever possible. Also, check out outdoor rugs for covered spaces like these.
DO look to French-inspired furniture for your rose arbor.
DO take a look at bistro sets. Their shapes always work in a garden. Think Monet at Giverny.
DO keep a trunk of throw pillows nearby for outdoor use.
DO consider an old-school bench for a focal point in the garden.
DO provide some fun for the kids (and adults).
DO consider some lightweight, portable furniture like butterfly chairs, if you need to move things indoors and outdoors for weather-related reasons.
DO remember that a picnic table is always a great spot to gather, and never goes out of style.
DO plan your seating with your landscape architect. This concrete is able to serve as a retaining wall, a conversation pit edge, and a great place to seat when a few cushions are thrown on it.
DO consider colors that compliment natural elements, like this sage green.
DO provide a variety of seating. There are great places to work, eat, and lounge on this patio.
DO consider a sideboard that can hold large dishes and transform into a bar when you are dining al fresco.
DO be brave enough to go exotic. This space can transport you to Morocco.
DO tell me where this AMAZING table came from!
DO dress things up just like you are indoors when you are having people over.
DO get fancy and go all curlicue if that's your thing!
DO create a cool lounge outside if you want to.
DO make sure your furniture helps you enjoy the view.
DO come over and install one of these on my porch. This looks SO comfortable!
DO hit IKEA for some fun furniture that goes great with modern architecture.
DO bring color to your patio via the furniture.
It doesn't have to be through the upholstery - you can paint wooden furniture like this Chinoiserie bench yourself.
Do realize that there are modern versions of the picnic table.
Do know that it can be this simple. Have the deck builder do it while he's already at your house.
Do get blocky and matchy-matchy if that's your bag.